New year, new golf. We’re back baby! The season has technically already started due to the wraparound schedule, but for all intents and purposes it begins this week in sunny Hawaii.

Despite it being cold and snowy here in Toronto, the familiar January return of this event is like a warm hug. And as an added bonus, if you spent your childhood and teenage years playing the Tiger Woods video games like I did, this course will probably give you a nice kick of nostalgia.

It was also the site of one of Tiger’s best showdowns; his 2000 duel with Ernie Els. That Sunday the two traded blows down the stretch, both making eagle on the 72nd hole to get into a playoff. Tiger would emerge victorious after draining a 40-footer for birdie on the second playoff hole.

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TOURNAMENT

Sentry Tournament of Champions

  • Only winners from 2018 season qualify 
  • 34 of 37 players in the field will compete (Justin Rose, Tiger Woods & Phil Mickelson the absentees)
  • Full field HERE

COURSE

  • Kapalua Plantation Course
  • Kapalua, Hawaii, USA
  • 7518 Yards, Par 73

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Previous Winners & Scores

  • 2018 — Dustin Johnson (-24)
  • 2017 — Justin Thomas (-22)
  • 2016 — Jordan Spieth (-30)
  • 2015 — Patrick Reed (-21)
  • 2014 — Zach Johnson (-19)

TV Times

All four rounds will air on The Golf Channel

Thursday & Friday: 6-10 pm
Saturday: 6-8 pm
Sunday: 6-10 pm

HANDICAPPING THE FIELD

Factors:

  • Betting odds
  • Finishes last two months
  • Previous finishes at this course
  • Simulator rank (simulator from FantasyNational.com)
  • Stats Rank

STATS TO LOOK AT

Every Week — Strokes Gained: Total, Strokes Gained: Approach, Strokes Gained: Tee to Green, DK Pts

Added in this week: Driving Distance, Birdies

Field is divided into four sections:

TOP TIER

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2ND TIER

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3RD TIER

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BOTTOM TIER

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My Top 5:

  1. Webb Simpson
  2. Cameron Champ
  3. Dustin Johnson
  4. Jon Rahm
  5. Brooks Koepka

**Justin Rose was #1 but is not in the field

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Biggest Jumps:

  1. Matt Kuchar (11 spots over odds rank)
  2. Webb Simpson (Nine spots over odds rank)
  3. Cameron Champ (Six spots over odds rank)
  4. Billy Horschel & Aaron Wise (Five spots over odds rank)

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Biggest Falls:

  1. Bubba Watson (Down 12 spots)
  2. Francesco Molinari (Down 11 spots)
  3. Bryson DeChambeau (Down 8 spots)

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Prediction for Winner:

  • Dustin Johnson (I know, not going out on much of a limb. But look at those forearms)

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Prediction for Last place:

  • Ted Potter Jr.

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Suggested Bets:

  • Webb Simpson at 25/1
  • Cameron Champ at 20/1
  • Matt Kuchar at 50/1

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Leave your thoughts here!