Sleeper Picks: Sony Open in Hawaii

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Pat Perez's long history at this course makes him an intriguing pick.
January 07, 2014
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM

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Sleeper Picks: Sony Open in Hawaii
Matt Every ... First start after turning 30 years of age. Already 3-for-3 on the season with a T7 at The McGladrey Classic. Tied for sixth at the 2012 Sony Open in Hawaii after leading outright at the midpoint and holding a share of the 54-hole lead. His no-holds-barred approach to scoring has yielded a spot inside the top 30 in par breakers in each of his three full seasons on the PGA TOUR. He ranks T30 entering this week.

John Senden ... It's not even a full two years since the Aussie found himself inside the top 30 of the Official World Golf Ranking. He sustained form in 2012 and returned to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, but then posted what looks like a typo in 2013; that is, he was shut out of a top 10 in 25 tries. That drought finally ended at The McGladrey Classic where he shared fourth place before validating it with a solo third at the Australian Open three weeks later. He's just 5-for-10 at Waialae with no better than a pair of T20s, but there are worse sites for the prolific ball-striker to extend his form.

Josh Teater ... Missed only five of 24 cuts during the 2013 season and opened 2013-14 with four consecutive cuts made, but until a T23 at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, he had gone 12 straight starts without a top 40. He carded a pair of 67s to conclude his week at El Camaleon, the second of which of the bogey-free variety. Tie for 15th at last year's Sony Open in Hawaii where he connected 65s on the weekend.

Pat Perez ... He's been a mainstay on Oahu ever since his rookie year of 2002. In his 12 appearance at Waialae, he's survived 10 cuts and posted three top 10s and another three top 25s. Tied for ninth last year, ranking T7 in greens hit and 11th in scrambling. Capped off the fall events with a T16 at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

Billy Hurley III ... It's early but he's turned around his tee-to-green proficiency in a big way as compared to his rookie season of 2012 when he ranked 108th in driving accuracy and last of 191 in greens in regulation. Through four starts in 2013-14, he's 23rd in fairways hit and 20th in GIR. The former seaman's bread and butter is his flat stick -- he placed 38th in strokes gained-putting two years ago -- so the ingredients for something special at Waialae are aligned. He already has one top 10 this season, that a T9 at the Open.