Who will be the Champion of Champions?
Christmas is over. Your bank account and waistline have suffered but good news, the PGA Tour resumes this week!
I very much wish I was joining the fun in Hawaii but alas I am stuck in deepest, darkest Suffolk where the temperature is set to reach a lovely minus six tonight. Joy.
Anyway hopefully we warm up and feel toasty by repairing the damage to our bank accounts and picking a winner of the SBS Tournament of Champions, which begins tonight.
Now as this is the Tournament of Champions, with everyone on last year’s PGA Tour victor list, it is not an easy line up of 32 to pick a winner from!
Current favourites for the event are Hideki Matsuyama, who was a victor of the Hero World Challenge at the beginning of December on his last start and some kid called Jordan Spieth, both at 5-1.
I would not be ignoring either of those two, with Hideki scoring four times at the end of 2016, and Spieth, who is the last pair out tonight with DJ, looking to reclaim his crown over the weekend. However there are plenty of others who can take them to the wire, with my top three picks from the rest of the field outlined below...
Personally I cannot look past Patrick Reed at 12-1. A winner here two years ago, Patrick will have plenty of time to plan his shots in the opening two rounds, having been paired with Jason Day! After winning in 2015, his course record is pretty darn good, Patrick was also second last year, and he certainly does not lack any competitive spirit! Lets hope he brings you some January joy come Sunday.
Following home Jordan and Patrick at this tournament last year was the ever reliable Brandt Snedeker, who is currently 16-1. Brandt has only finished outside of the top ten once in four starts here and has been third twice. He clearly loves this event too, stating last year: “The golf course is a lot fun to play. It's a great time of year to be here in Maui and the family always has a great time. So it's hard to beat.”
With the players at the top of the market more that justifying their position it is tricky to pick out a player from some of the higher odds. Someone I was really impressed with in 2016 was Tony Finau.
Now Tony may look like a basketball player (he is 6ft 4) but is also a pretty good golfer, finishing inside the top 20 at last year’s Open and Tied Tenth in the 2015 PGA Championship. He won the Puerto Rican Open last year, his maiden PGA Tour victory, which earns him a place in this field and he is 40-1 to score another victory. This will be his first start in this competition and the course should suit him.
This is on at a rather unsociable hour, starts at 11pm tomorrow on Sky Sports!
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