Tuesday, January 2, 2018
What to Look For: Sentry Tournament of Champions
The start of the 2018 year on the Tour kicks off with the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua. This is the 64th year the Tournament of Champions has been on Tour and the Tour has been playing the Plantation Course at Kapalua since 1999.
The Plantation Course was designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore. It’s the only par-73 on Tour and plays pretty much like most Crenshaw & Coore courses play like, wide ope with plenty of very scenic views with rolling contours, particularly close to the green.
The course is well respected on Tour because it doesn’t beat anybody up and the views are tremendous. It also helps that the participant have all won in the past year on Tour and there is no cut line. Most participants will arrive a week earlier and check out Hawaii with their family or their girlfriend. They will often end up paying for their caddy’s expenses as well as a favor for coming over for such a pricey plane ticket and a job well done the previous year.
The course is not only wide open, but you will see perhaps the most roll of the fairways of any course on Tour with oftent imes seeing 80+ yards of roll on tee shots. The cuorse stress long and short iron approaches. And while it yields a lot of birdies, it also stresses short game shots around the green.
Jordan Spieth +600
Justin Thomas +600
Dustin Johnson +750
3JACK’S DARK HORSE PICKS
Hideki Matsuyama +1,200
Marc Leishman +2,000
Wesley Bryan +15,000