We are off and running for 2017 at the Tournament of Champions where 32 winners will slap it out at the Plantation Course in Kapalua.

2017 Tournament Of Champions Betting Tips
2017 Tournament Of Champions Betting Tips

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Hideki Matsuyama 5/1

Hideki unbackable at 5/1 after 4 wins in last 5.

Even though Spieth Dustin and Day are in the field, the bookies have installed Hideki as their top man at 5/1. He starts 2017 (on a par with Zlatan Ibrahimovic) with four wins from five but it would be a brave punter to back any of the top four win-only pre tournament at odds of 6/1. Wait until round one is over to choose.

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Doc's Top 2017 Tournament Of Champions Betting Tips

Branden Grace 33/1

The bookies have made a mistake with Grace at 33/1.

The bookies don't fancy Grace at 33/1 but I think they've made their first mistake of 2017 here.  He may be a debutant at Kapalua but you should never discount a South African at the start of a year, especially one that started 2016 with top fives at home and in Abu Dhabi before winning in Qatar.  Has the length for Kapalua too and I think he can pay out each way.

Brandt Snedeker 18/1

Sneds 18/1, Because he's worth it.

In the modern world of power golf Brandt Snedeker knows his chances of cashing in are limited realistically which is why he'll be taking this week very seriously.  Though the course on paper shouldn't suit Sneds, he has a T3 last year and solo 3rd in 2013 here, so don't let that deter you.  Continuing the theme of fast starters from 2016, Snedeker went from Kapulua to score a solo second at the Sony Open and win The Farmers. He'll be grinding hard this week.

Pat Perez 80/1

Double P 80/1. Be afraid.

If there's a man who can shelve the golf clubs over Christmas then just throw them in the car and go play like a legend it's Pat Perez; he has the talent.  He's also a November 2016 winner at Mayakoba and has course knowledge from a T10 from 2010. Worth a flutter at long odds.

Also in my thought process.....

Pat Reed was on my shortlist as a the 2015 winner and solo second last year but he's very short odds at 11/1 so lack of value stopped me tipping him.  Tony Finau at 30/1 might also be one to watch given his power here, but I gave Double P the nod instead at much longer odds.

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