2018 Sentry Tournament of Champions Fantasy Sleeper Report
A new year, a new season, and new opportunities to back some long odds golf winners!
Mind you, we might be looking at a classier sort to win this first event of 2019. Only the best need apply for the Tournament of Champions, which features many of the finest players on the planet. The roll-call of recent winners reads Johnson. D, Johnson. Z, Thomas, Spieth and Reed, so we aren’t necessarily expecting a sleeper to crush his way through the field.
That said, the early going does afford opportunities to those who have worked hard on their game during the festive break, rather than putting their feet up and enjoying the good life.
There’s a purse of $6.5m to play for too, as well as 500 FedExCup points, so this ain’t no holiday in the sun….even if the host location, Maui in Hawaii, might suggest as such!
It’s a beautiful place, and the Plantation Course at the Kapalua Resort is a sumptuous place to play your golf, too.
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It boasts the unique distinction of being the PGA TOUR’s sole Par 73 layout, but this isn’t a Par 5 paradise. There are just four longer holes, as normal, with eleven Par 4s and just a trio of Par 3s. That should give punters a little insight into who they should be looking to back this week.
On the face of it the Plantation is a long old track at 7,452 yards as well, but in reality that isn’t necessarily the case. There are some severe elevation changes – indeed, the last two holes are played over almost sheer vertical drops – and you may just recall 12 months ago when Dustin Johnson pounded a 420-yard drive that almost ended up acing a Par 4.
DJ is our defending champion, taking the honors by some eight shots a year ago from Jon Rahm, and his love of coastal golf – and the wide-open fairways – confirm that this is a layout he would love to roll up and take with him everywhere. A fondness for putting on Bermuda greens helps, too.
One final note of guidance. This is an easy course, where only the traditional Hawaiian winds act as defense. Spieth won at -30 here back in 2016, with DJ at -24 just last year. There’s no place for grinding here, just lots of birdies will separate the winner from the rest of the 34-man field.
It’s a super-fun event to kick things off in 2019, so where does the smart money lie? Here are our Tournament of Champions sleepers.
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