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 21st staging of the winners-only tournament and it serves as the calendar-year opening tournament. In 2015 the tournament returned to a customary Sunday finish having had a Monday finish for the previous four years.
The Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw designed Plantation Course at Kapalua serves as the tournament host. The layout opened for play 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).
Following last year’s event, a nine month comprehensive tee-to-green renovation was undertaken at a cost in excess of $10 million to enhance and improve the ‘play-ability‘ of the course. All fairways, tees and rough were grassed with Celebration bermuda, while all greens now feature TifEagle Bermuda.
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, Xander Schauffele shot a course-record equalling -11 (62) in the final round to beat Gary Woodland by one stroke. Schauffele finished birdie-birdie to match the course record. It was his fourth PGA Tour victory and second that season having captured the WGC HSBC Champions on his previous outing.
All aspects of Schauffele’s game was on point for the tournament, finishing in the Top 5 in each of the Strokes Gained Categories. In particular, his approach play and putting were superb, finishing the week 4th and 3rd for SG: Approach-The-Green and SG:Putting respectively. Other stats for the week include T15 for Driving Accuracy, 14th for Driving Distance, T5 for GIR and 2nd in Putts per GIR.
In 2018, Dustin Johnson closed with a final round -8 (65) to win by an emphatic 8 strokes from his nearest rival, Jon Rahm. One of the highlights of his final round was his drive on the 433 yard Par 4 12th which finished 6 inches from the hole for a ‘gimme‘ eagle.
After his final round DJ had this to say;
“If I can play like that every week, I’m going to win a lot of times”
Dustin finished the week first in Strokes Gained Off-The-Tee, gaining a mouth watering 8.902 strokes on the field average for the week. He also finished T18 for Driving Accuracy, 2nd for Driving Distance, T8 for GIR and 1st in Putts per GIR.
In 2017, 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 that season for the 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 2020