We start off the new year with our first of two scheduled trips to Hawaii for the 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions. A small but loaded field of just 34 players, there’s some good value out there and increased chances of landing a winner. Of course, this event will take place at the Kapalua Resort in Maui and has been kind to Americans over the years with the last eight winners coming from the US.
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
Dustin Johnson - We always look for bigger payouts in these articles, but you can’t go wrong with Dustin Johnson at +500 odds. Johnson is the defending champion at this event and a two-time winner. Last years, Johnson blew everyone out of the water with a -24 to par and winning by eight strokes. Johnson has also finished in the top-10 in each of his last six appearances at the Plantation Course. The track record speaks for itself, Johnson is a must play with a chance to make five times your money.
Rory McIlroy - Rory McIlroy has never played at this event and usually isn’t participating in PGA events this early in the season, but he plans to focus all of his energy this season on this tour and not have to deal with the constant travel overseas. McIlroy is saying all of the right things and seems focused to return to the player he was a couple of years ago. He can certainly start with a victory here. There’s some value with McIlroy and +750 odds when you consider the golfers slightly ahead of him.
Jason Day - Jason Day has finished no worse than 12th in four appearances at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, which includes a third place finish. Day started the 2018 season strong before running into some hiccups, so we’re banking on him getting off to a strong start yet again. Day is a combined 21 strokes under par in his last three PGA events and did have a top-15 finish in China. Based on value, Day could be the best bet on the board at +1100 odds.
Brooks Koepka - This course was made for a player like Brooks Koepka, who can hit the ball as deep as anybody. Koepka also has some motivation to bounce back, as his limited showings at this course haven’t been great thanks to injuries. Koepka is in pretty good form considering he won the CJ Cup and is currently the top ranked golfer in the world. Whether he wins or not, Koepka will be in the thick of things until the very end due to his style fitting so well with this course. Koepka is worth a play at +700 odds.
Bryson DeChambeau - Bryson DeChambeau didn’t do well in his debut in Hawaii last year, finishing 26th. However, DeChambeau is possibly the hottest golfer at the moment, as he’s a combined 57 strokes under par in his last three PGA events, which includes a victory at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and a third place finish at the QBE Shootout. DeChambeau has a chance to win his fourth event in a five month stretch, which kind of speaks for itself. It’s worth considering riding the hot hand and playing DeChambeau at +1200 odds.