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Sentry Tournament of Champions Betting Odds and Picks
The PGA Tour returns to action this week with the Sentry Tournament of Champions on the island of Maui in Hawaii. The tournament kicks off the 2022 slate with an impressive list of winners from 2021. 38 of the 39 winners from last year are teeing it up.
The first round of the tournament begins on Thursday, January 6th, and concludes on Sunday, January 9th. The play takes place at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort and has served as the home of the TOUR’s winner-only event.
Harris English is the defending champion, picking up his first of two victories last season and breaking a seven-year victory drought. With the cancellation of tournaments during the 2020 season due to the pandemic, last season’s tournament expanded to include the players, English being one of those thirty, who qualified for the 2020 Tour Championship.
The winner of the no-cut event earns 500 FedEx Cup points and banks $1.476 million of the $8.2 million purse.
The Plantation Course
The Plantation Course is one of two courses on the resort property and the only PGA Tour event that plays as a par-73. Playing approximately 7,600 yards, the course features elevation changes, wide fairways, and scenic views of the Pacific Ocean. The course opened in 1992 and was designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.
Sentry Tournament of Champions Field
Rory McIlroy is the only golfer eligible to tee it up this week that didn’t make the trip to the island. Phil Mickelson returns to the tournament for the first time in 21 years after his thrilling PGA Championship victory Kiawah. English aims to become the first golfer to repeat as champion since Geoff Ogilvy accomplished the feat in 2009 and 2010.
Xander Schauffele didn’t pick up his fifth PGA Tour victory last year but is in the tournament thanks to a gold medal finish at the Tokyo Olympics last summer. Schauffele won this event in 2019.
Two-time winner Justin Thomas returns after winning THE PLAYERS. Thomas won in 2020 and finished solo third here last year. Other past winners teeing it up include Jordan Spieth (Valero Texas Open) and Patrick Reed (Farmers Insurance Open).
Players making their tournament debut include Cameron Davis, Joel Dahmen, Talor Gooch, Lucas Herbert, Garrick Higgo, K.H. Lee, Seamus Power, and Erik Van Rooyen.
Tournament Betting Odds
World No. 1 Jon Rahm is the betting favorite to win his seventh PGA Tour victory at +750. Joining Rahm atop the board is two-time champion Thomas (+800) and the Open winner Collin Morikawa (+1000).
Following those three is a trio of golfers at +1200 odds. Those golfers include Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau, and Viktor Hovland. DeChambeau makes his 2021-22 season debut, and Hovland is back in action after victories in back-to-back starts (World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba and Hero World Challange).
Other notable odds of players in the field are Mickelson (+13000), four-time major winner Brooks Koepka (+3000), and last year’s champion English (+3500).
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