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2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions: Expert Picks

Justin Thomas is strong in Hawaii.

PGA: Sentry Tournament of Champions - Final Round Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Tournament Information:

Sentry Tournament of Champions
Date: January 6th – 9th
Course: Plantation Course (Kapalua Resort)
Purse: $8mm ($1.4mm to winner)
2020 Winner: Harris English (-25)

Course: The Plantation Course at Kapalua

Built in 1991, this quite long course (7,596 yards) is a rare par 73 for a PGA course. It holds a slope rating of 144 and a course rating of 77. It is quite a scenic course as we make our way through the Hawaii leg of the season. It takes some cues from links courses with rolling hills and wide fairways. Winds off the water can wreak havoc on shots. This could be crosswinds, headwinds, and even tailwinds depending on the hole (especially hole 9 which is all headwinds). This course provides a daring layout for those that can hit the proper shots so look for the riskier players to take some gambles here.

PGA: Sentry Tournament of Champions - Final Round Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

My Starting 4

Justin Thomas (first selection this year) – Justin has a long history of success in Hawaii. Most notably in Plantation Course he has a finished among the top three in FOUR of the last FIVE years.

Jordan Spieth (first selection this year) It’s been a while since we’ve seen success here from Jordan but it’s largely because he didn’t play here the last few years. He has top 10’s when he did participate here a few years back, though.

Patrick Cantlay (first selection this year) Patrick has top 15 finishes here the last three times he has played. Currently owns the #1 FedEx rank and 4th overall OWGR.

Xander Schauffele (second selection this year) Xander was among the top five here each of the last three years. His 3rd overall drive distance will carry well at Plantation Course.

My Bench 2

Sungjae Im (first selection this year) Sungjae has a 5th place finish here last year. He’s 3rd in FedEx Ranking, 26th in OWGR and 3rd in strokes gained tee to green.

Marc Leishman (first selection this year) Marc was 7th here in 2018 and 4th here in 2019 before a dip to 24th in 2021. I could still see top 15 potential from him this year. He has finished in the top 20 in four of his five tournaments this season.

2021-2022 Stats

Start: Average Finish 42nd (35th percent)
Bench: Average Finish 70th (58th percent)