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Sony Open picks 2023: Why our undercover caddie loves Sungjae Im at Waialae

For a little over 67 holes at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, our expert panel looked poised to get off to an extremely strong start to 2023. Pat Mayo, who cashed on three outrights in this column last year, was on Collin Morikawa at 20-1 pre-tournament, which was essentially a lock heading into the back nine on Sunday. Until it wasn’t.

Unfortunately, sportsbooks don’t pay out on “almost” tickets, meaning Morikawa’s epic collapse on the final few holes at Kapalua meant that we came up empty. The good news is we’re on the right track. We can feel our first winner of the year coming this week at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

More good news: The panel went 4-2-1 on matchup bets last week, and five of our seven-member panel cashed on our top-10 plays—going up 9.2 units collectively. Not bad, if we do say so ourselves. Let’s keep it rolling on the Hawaii swing.

SOURCE: golfdigest.com

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