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Dark Horses That Could Win the 2020 Sony Open

Jason Schandl
Daniel Berger following a second-round shot at the US Open.
Daniel Berger following a second-round shot at the US Open. / Harry How/Getty Images
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The 2020 Sony Open gets under way this Thursday, January 9, at Wai'alae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. The field includes some of the best golfers in the world, including last week's 2020 Sentry Tournament of Champions winner in Justin Thomas.

However, just because there are so many impressive names at the top of the list, it doesn't necessarily mean one of them is guaranteed to take home a win this week. Here are some dark horse picks for golfers who could sneak in and win the 2020 Sony Open.

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3. Hudson Swafford (+18000)

Hudson Swafford follows through on a swing at the Honda Classic.
Hudson Swafford follows through on a swing at the Honda Classic. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Hudson Swafford has a great course history on his side here. He finished a disappointing 54th at Wai'alae in 2018, but he bounced back with a third-place finish in 2019, returning to the form that saw him place 13th in 2017 and ninth in 2016. Consistently knocking on the door, it would be no surprise if Swafford were once again in contention for a potential win come Sunday's final round.

2. Talor Gooch (+12000)

Talor Gooch during the first round of the 3M Open.
Talor Gooch during the first round of the 3M Open. / Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Talor Gooch's last missed cut came back in mid-September 2019, and he's since made five straight since. That stretch includes a T-4 finish at the 2019 Houston Open in October, showing that he has the upside needed to be in contention for a win. He also has a T-18 finish at Wai'alae under his belt from 2018.

1. Daniel Berger (+8000)

Daniel Berger after a shot in round two of the John Deere Classic.
Daniel Berger after a shot in round two of the John Deere Classic. / Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Daniel Berger's last few events have been a roller coaster, with a missed cut sandwiched between two top-20 finishes. He has made the cut all four times he's played Wai'alae though, also notching a pair of top-15s in that sample.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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