Pat Mayo and Geoff Fienberg preview the course and run through the odds while making their 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions Picks.
2023 Tournament of Champions Field Notes
Field: 39 players
Cut: No Cut
Lineup Lock: Thursday, January 5
Roster: Six golfers
Salary cap: $50,000
2023 Tournament of Champions Key Stats
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2023 Tournament of Champions: Course
Course: Kapalua (Plantation)
2023 Tournament of Champions: Past Winners
2022: Cam Smith -34
2021: Harris English -25
2020: Justin Thomas -14
2019: Xander Schauffele -23
2018: Dustin Johnson -24
2017: Justin Thomas -22
2016: Jordan Spieth -30
2015: Patrick Reed -21
2023 Tournament of Champions Picks
Viktor Hovland ($8,500)
Vik closed the year claiming victory at the ultimate hit and giggle in the Bahamas when he bested 13 others for a win at the Hero World Challenge. That now gives him four PGA TOUR (and adjacent) titles in his career, none of which have come on the U.S. mainland. So, he’s in luck, as last time I checked a globe, Hawaii was still an island in the Pacific. Beyond silly narratives, the biggest improvement in his game over the last year has been his around-the-green work. No, it’s still not good, but at least it vacillates between OK and truly terrible now instead of just being the worst. If he can not chip himself out of this event Hovland certainly has the ball striking to generate the number of birdie opportunities needed to claim another title.
Collin Morikawa ($9,400)
No top-level player had a more disappointing year than my guy Collin. He only managed three Top 10s after leaving the California swing last year; Masters, U.S. Open and St. Jude. Three elite fields. And while he’s never won at Kapalua, he has been uber-consistent. Three appearances, three top-seven finishes. If he managed to improve his putting stroke, even a little, over the break, he’ll certainly be lingering Sunday with a chance to get back into the winner’s circle.
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Pat Mayo is an award-winning video host and producer of long and short-form content, and the host of The Pat Mayo Experience daily talk show. (Subscribe for video or audio). Mayo (@ThePME) won the 2022 Fantasy Sports Writing Association Daily Fantasy Writer of the Year and was a finalist for three FSWA Awards (Best Podcast, Daily Fantasy Writer of the Year, Golf Writer of the Year). His 24 FSWA nominations lead all writers this decade and are second-most all-time.
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