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Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Emiliano Grillo should be at home at the Sony Open

Threeball tips for the second round at Waialae

Argentina's Emiliano Grillo is an accurate hitter
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Day Two, Sky Sports Golf, midnight Friday

Vaughn Taylor was the surprise winner of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am two years ago and his appearance one shot below the top of the Sony Open leaderboard after round one may have raised a few eyebrows.

The eighth place the player ranked 280th in the world registered in his last pre-Christmas outing at the RSM Classic was his best performance since, but there are questions as to whether he has the level of consistency to remain a factor in Hawaii, especially as a 25th spot in 2008 was his best Waialae effort in 12 attempts.

Playing partner Charles Howell should be confident of building on his opening 67.

He has played in the tournament each year since 2002 and has carded seven top-five finishes as well as tying for eighth last year, even though he was 11 shots behind runaway winner Justin Thomas.

Howell has had three top-20 finishes in five outings since the season started in the autumn, but he has to be concerned at hitting just half of his fairways in his Thursday round on a course where accuracy off the tee is of great importance.

Preference for a bet in the 10.10pm threeball, therefore, is for Argentinian Emiliano Grillo, whose accurate game and ability to find greens in regulation should mean the island track is to his fancy.

He was tied for 33rd last year, but he finished 2017 with a ninth-placed finish at Mayakoba so has left the American mainland in fine fettle.

Australian Marc Leishman was unable to build on an encouraging first half on Thursday and after going off third favourite behind Thomas and Jordan Spieth, he has work to do to get back into the frame.

Playing partner Webb Simpson has finished 13th in each of the last three Sony Opens but preference to come out on top of the 10.30pm trip falls to Si-Woo Kim who, like Simpson, carded an opening 67.

The South Korean, who won the prestigious Players Championship in May, can blow hot and cold but he made a solid start and he should be confident after carding four decent rounds on his way to finishing tenth at last week's Tournament of Champions.

Recommendations
E Grillo to win threeball 10.10pm GMT
2pts 15-8 Betfred
S-W Kim to win threeball 10.30pm GMT
1pt 5-2 Betfred


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He was tied for 33rd last year, but he finished 2017 with a ninth-placed finish at Mayakoba so has left the American mainland in fine fettle
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