Going into last weekend, only Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau had more top-10 finishes than did Harris English dating back to the 2019-20 PGA Tour season. For the better part of 16 months, English had been knocking at the door to earn his first PGA Tour victory since November 2013, and he finally walked through that door last weekend by winning the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
English led the field in strokes gained putting (+ 1.71 strokes gained per round) and shot 25 under to win in a playoff at a 33-1 pre-tournament price. He defeated Joaquin Niemann, who posted his best finish since his lone tour win at the Greenbrier in September 2019. Both players are staying on this islands for consecutive weeks as part of the field for the Sony Open in Hawaii.
English is the co-second favorite along with Collin Morikawa (T-7 last week) at 14-1, and Niemann is priced at 23-1. Webb Simpson, favored at 10-1, has posted finishes of third in 2020 and fourth in 2018 in his last two appearances in Honolulu. Daniel Berger started 2021 with a top-10 finish last week in Maui and slots in here at 16-1. Sungjae Im (18-1) tied for fifth last weekend and led the field in shots gained tee to green by gaining + 2.38 strokes per round. Hideki Matsuyama (20-1) had a nightmare week on the greens, losing -2.44 strokes per round, and finished last. Defending Sony champion Cameron Smith tied for 24th and goes off at 29-1 this week.