First tournament of the year. Star-studded field. Hawaii. Let’s do this.
We are going to try something a little different with the previews in 2021. Below are 10 things to know about 2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions.
1) The event is taking place at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort. It’s a par 73 and it opened in 1991. The course features unreal ocean views, VERY wide fairways, and big-time elevation changes. Take a look at some of these pics. This place is a DREAM.
2) The field of this event is always a mixture of star power and unexpected winners from some of the lesser touted Tour events. Twenty-eight golfers qualified for the 2021 event via their TOUR victories last season. Seventeen golfers earned a spot in Hawaii via their appearance at the TOUR Championship. Eight of the top-10 players in the world will be teeing it up, including Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas (the top-three players in the Official World Golf Rankings). Some other notables in the field are Collin Morikawa, Webb Simpson, BRYSON, Daniel Berger, and Viktor Hovland.
3) Dustin Johnson has won this event twice and is coming off a pretty decent stretch of golf… You may have heard he won the Tour Championship and the Masters. He ended 2020 by finishing no worse than T6 in his final seven events, including three wins and three runners-up. Not bad.
4) Justin Thomas will look to defend his Tournament of Champions title after winning in a three-man playoff a year ago. He bested Patrick Reed and XANDER thanks to carding a birdie on the first and third playoff holes (the par-5 18th for all three).
5) Speaking of Xander he’s had some STRONG finishes here in Hawaii. He won in 2019, lost in a playoff last year and he’s also tied the 18-hole scoring record with a final round 62 in 2019 to best Gary Woodland by one stroke.
6) There are seven first-timers playing in the Sentry Tournament of Champions this year, highlighted by Viktor Hovland and 2020 Rookie of the Year Scottie Scheffler.
7) The last four winners of the Sentry Tournament of Champions went on to finish in the top-five of the FedExCup standings at season’s end. Good for their bank accounts.
8) Can JT go back-to-back? No golfer since Geoff Ogilvy (2009-10) has won the Sentry Tournament of Champions in back-to-back years.
9) Each of the last two years has seen a winner decided on the 18th hole or in a playoff! And what do the winners get… Take a look at the trophy below. What is that? Is that a whale coming out of whale shaped wave? Am I missing something?
10) Primetime golf is back! The event will air on Golf Channel Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 6:00 pm (ET) – 10:00 pm. On Sunday it’s on NBC from 4:00pm (ET) – 6:00pm then switches over to Golf Channel for the conclusion. Take a break from the NFL playoffs this weekend, tune in during halftime or channel surf.
It should be a fun weekend of golf. I know I’m pumped.