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2022 Sony Open golf odds, Fantasy rankings: Player predictions for your PGA Tour picks from golf expert

Riley Gates has his finger on the pulse of Fantasy golf, and he has revealed his top 20 golfers for this week's event at Honolulu's Waialae Country Club
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The PGA Tour wraps up its Hawaiian leg starting Thursday at the 2022 Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. Cameron Smith, who won last week's Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, is the 10-1 favorite in the latest 2022 Sony Open in Hawaii golf odds at Caesars Sportsbook. Webb Simpson (16-1), Sungae Im (16-1) and Hideki Matsuyama (18-1) are among the other notable players in the 2022 Sony Open field. 

Before you lock in any of your Fantasy golf rankings or bet the 2022 Sony Open in Hawaii, you HAVE TO see what fantasy expert Riley Gates has to say.

Gates is a writer for 247Sports and has covered a range of sports for nearly five years. He has followed golf closely for much longer and has a profound knowledge of the sport. He also knows what it takes to win, on the course and in fantasy sports.  

Gates nailed his picks last week for the Sentry Tournament of Champions, with four of his top seven picks posting top-five finishes. That included Smith and runner-up Jon Rahm, as well as Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa, who ended in a three-way tie for fifth along with Daniel Berger.

"Smith has good value for a player who should be in the mix," Gates told SportsLine before the event in Maui. The 28-year-old went toe-to-toe with world No. 1 Rahm and held off the challenge to get his fourth Tour victory.

The expert also was on a roll on his picks during the fall season. At the Hero World Challenge, again four of his top seven finished in the top five, including winner Viktor Hovland. And at the Houston Open, seven of his picks finished in the top 20, led by Scottie Scheffler, who tied for second. The previous week at the World Wide Technology Championship in Mexico, five of Gates' top six golfers finished in the top 15, including winner Hovland. 

Now, Gates has ranked his top 10 golfers for the 2022 Sony Open, and you'll want to pay close attention. 

We can tell you he is strongly backing Smith, who has been on fire this season! The Australian dominated last week at Kapalua, shooting a PGA Tour-record 34 under par. That was his third top-10 finish in four events this season. He has had laser-like accuracy to the greens (sixth in greens regulation) and is drilling his putts (fourth in strokes gained putting). Gates sees no reason Smith should regress and highly recommends him for your Fantasy picks.    

On the other hand, the expert is fading Webb Simpson, who is one of the more notable names in the event and is among the favorites at Caesars Sportsbook. The 36-year-old shot in the 70s in his last three rounds at his last event more than a month ago. He has one top-10 in four outings, and his lack of distance off the tee puts a lot of pressure on his game. He doesn't crack Gates' top five, so there are several better options for your Fantasy golf picks!

Instead, the fantasy expert has a long-shot player who is listed at well over 30-1! This player already has finished in the top five once this season, and Gates believes oddsmakers should be giving him more respect. You need to take advantage of the oversight, and this golfer is a must-play for your Fantasy golf picks! You ABSOLUTELY need to see who it is and check out Gates' top picks before you bet the 2022 Sony Open or enter any Fantasy golf picks.

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