January 1st, 2019

Tournament of Champions Preview

 

By Angus Macartney

 

The PGA Tour season resumes in 2019 with a trip to Hawaii for the Sentry Tournament of Champions. The small field of 34 is very competitive and we should be treated to some entertaining golf and low scores this weekend.

 

Bryson DeChambeau 12/1

 

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Bryson at 12/1 offers real value for us this week. Given the criteria to qualify for this event, (winning on the PGA Tour) it seems the market underestimates how far Bryson has come over the past year.

To justify, we need only look at PGA Tour victories in 2018. Nobody, yes nobody, could match DeChambeau’s tally of 4 wins with American compatriots Johnson and Koepka next on the list with 3 wins. This winning record doesn’t correlate with his price and that 12/1 could look a steal after the event.

Bryson doesn’t shy away when competing against the best fields – he won The Memorial in June and back to back Fed Ex Cup events.

He made his debut here 12 months ago and will take lessons into this week.

 

 

Marc Leishman 25/1

 

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Originating from Australia, he has always been comfortable in windy conditions. With conditions set to be windy for the first two rounds – it should provide Leishman with a platform for a fast start.

Speaking of fast starts, Marc was last year’s pace setter sharing the lead after two rounds. He stuttered on Saturday sliding down the field but a good performance on Sunday earned him a Top 10 finish.

He comes into this event with more golf under his belt than a lot of his competitors. As recently as mid-December, he finished in 2nd at the Australian PGA Championship and will look to bring that momentum to Hawaii.

Two of Leishman’s four PGA Tour titles have come on resort courses. This week’s venue is similar to where he has had success in the past and will be confident he can go low and be a factor on Sunday.