Wednesday, January 03, 2018 1:00 am
SENTRY TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Site: Kapalua, Hawaii.
Course: Kapalua Resort (Plantation Course). Yardage: 7,452. Par: 73.
Purse: $6.3 million. Winner’s share: $1,134.000.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 6-10 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 3-7 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 6-10 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Justin Thomas.
Last tournament: Austin Cook won the RSM Classic.
FedEx Cup leader: Patton Kizzire.
Notes: The 34-man field, limited to 2017 winners on the PGA Tour, includes the top five players in the world — Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Thomas, Jon Rahm and Hideki Matsuyama. ... This matches the second-largest field since the tournament moved to Kapalua in 1999. ... Masters champion Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson are the only 2017 tour winners who chose not to play. ... Three players combined to win 25 percent of PGA Tour events in 2017 — Justin Thomas (5), Dustin Johnson (4) and Jordan Spieth (3). ... Only nine players in the Tournament of Champions last year made it back to Kapalua. ... This is the only par 73 on the PGA Tour. It features only one par 3 (No. 11) on the back nine. ... Fourteen of the 34 players are playing this winners-only event for the first time. ... Spieth has not played an official PGA Tour event since the Tour Championship. ... The field includes Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt, who won the team event at the Zurich Classic last year. ... Geoff Ogilvy of Australia (2009-10) is the last repeat winner at Kapalua. That also was the last time an American failed to win the Tournament of Champions.
Next week: Sony Open.