SBS Tournament of Champions Tees Off: Thursday, January 5th
Kapalua Resort Plantation Course – Kapalua, Hawaii
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The PGA TOUR kicks into full gear with the SBS Tournament of Champions in Hawaii on Thursday. The most notable name in this year’s field would be Jordan Spieth, who absolutely dominated here in 2016. Spieth shot a 30-under on his way to the victory, defeating runner-up Patrick Reed by eight strokes. Reed, however, will be back for revenge in 2017, and he also happens to be playing for his second career Tournament of Champions win. He won it in 2015, shooting a 21-under. Some other talented players that are in this year’s field would be Hideki Matsuyama, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Brandt Snedeker and Bubba Watson. For those looking for other golfers, the Tournament of Champions only includes golfers that won tournaments in 2016. That means that fans will need to wait to get another glimpse of Tigers Woods, but the superstar will be back on the course shortly. With that being said, here is a look at some of the better picks to win the tournament this weekend:
Jordan Spieth (5-to-1) - If any of the major favorites (Matsuyama, Johnson, Day) are worth playing then that would definitely be Jordan Spieth. Last year, Spieth put on a show in Kapalua. The 23-year-old birdied 28 times in that tournament, and he also eagled twice. Not only was Spieth the winner here a year ago, but he also was the runner-up when Zach Johnson won in 2014. Spieth clearly has a ton of confidence on this course, and he is worth a few units at 5-to-1.
Patrick Reed (12-to-1) - Like Jordan Spieth, Reed has also finished in both first and second at the Tournament of Champions. Unlike Jordan Spieth, Reed is receiving some ridiculous odds at 12-to-1. Those are insane when factoring the type of success he has had on this course, and Reed also happens to have improved mightily since his 2015 season. Reed was one of the best players on the TOUR last year, and he should pick up right where he left off. He’s definitely worth putting a unit or two on as he prepares for what could be a special season.
Jimmy Walker (25-to-1) - Walker might not be as big of a name as some of the other guys in this field, but he represents some insane value at 25-to-1. Walker is capable of winning big tournaments, as evidenced by his PGA Championship victory last year, and he has had some success at this course in his career. Walker finished t-10th at the Tournament of Champions last year, and he was also the runner-up when Patrick Reed won in 2015. It took a playoff for Reed to win that one, so Walker will be itching to get over the hump. He’s worth putting a unit on, as he would pay off huge with some small adjustments to his 2015 performance. Jason Dufner (50-to-1) - If you’re looking to put a half-unit on a dark horse on Thursday then Dufner just might be your guy. He had some injury problems in 2016, but he is healthy now and is receiving some incredible odds at 50-to-1. The last time Dufner played the Tournament of Champions was in 2014, and he finished in fifth in that outing. There is some serious sleeper appeal here, and even a half-unit would pay out a ton with a victory.