Sentry Tournament of Champions betting tips & predictions – the Sentry Tournament of Champions, formerly known as the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and SBS Tournament of Champions, is the most difficult event on the PGA Tour for which to qualify. The field is restricted to golfers who won a tournament on Tour during the previous season.
This is the 20th staging of the winners-only tournament and it serves as the calendar-year opening tournament. In 2015 the tournament returned to a Sunday finish having had a Monday finish for the previous four years.
Designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, the Plantation Course opened in 1991 and is located on the Hawaiian island of Maui. The only Par 73 on the PGA Tour rota it has a Par 36-37 split. It is a long but relatively easy wind exposed course with big elevation changes, wide fairways and large Bermuda greens. The layout usually yields very low scoring (weather permitting).
With dramatic elevation changes, the course has plenty of downhill tee shots and with many reachable Par 4s and Par 5s the big-hitters have an advantage. This undulating and often breezy track can take some getting to know and history would suggest that experience matters.
What happens green-side is what really counts this week. It is all about getting the ball close to target and converting. At a resort level scoring event, excellent scrambling to keep bogeys off the card can’t be overlooked.
Last year’s winner, Justin Thomas, emerged victorious shooting -22 (270) for the week, three strokes clear of his nearest rival Hideki Matsuyama. It was one of five victories last season for the 24 year old Kentuckian. Thomas finished the week first in Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green gaining 8.265 strokes on the field average. His strong play from the tee and on approach was duly complimented by his putting, finishing the week 4th in Strokes Gained Putting. Thomas ranked 3rd for Driving Distance, T17 for Driving Accuracy and 2nd in GIR.
In 2016 Jordan Spieth, captured his seventh PGA Tour title at the Tournament of Champions with a golfing master class. He won by an impressive eight strokes finishing on a score of -30(262). His excellent approach play and short game laid the foundation for his victory. He gained an impressive 1.9 strokes per round from putting which accounted for 45 percent of his total gain. The Texan ranked T17 for Driving Distance, T12 for Driving Accuracy, T11 in GIR and 1st for Strokes Gained Putting. He also finished the week 3rd for both Proximity to the Hole and Scrambling.
Sentry Tournament of Champions Betting Tips 2018