2016 Hyundai Tournament Of Champions Betting Preview 

Hyundai Tournament of Champions, January 7th – 10th, 2016
Kapalua Resort Plantation Course, Kapalua, Maui, Ha.
Par: 73 / Yardage: 7,452
Purse: $5.9 million with $1,180,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Patrick Reed

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There’s nothing to separate Jordan Spieth and Jason Day at the head of the betting for the January PGA Tour opener in Kapalua. In his only previous appearance Spieth finished solo second in 2014 while Day has a best of T3 here last year.  At 4/1 and 11/2 repectively, both are a little too short for a prudent pre-tournament wager.

Doc’s Top Four Players To Watch At The 2016 Tournament Of Champions

Dustin Johnson 7/1

Dustin is always a fast starter (a four time early season winner) and at this point in the season, it’s natural talent that often prevails.  DJ didn’t make the 2015 field but is back to tee it up for the sixth time in this exclusive 32 man event.  He’s never been outside the top 20, won in 2013 and would have done better than T6 in 2014 but for a final round of 73.  For me he’s the real deal and this could be his Major year.

Graeme McDowell 28/1

GMac has everything to gain this season and will be keen to take up where he left off in 2015 with a win in Mayokoba and solo third at the RSM Classic.  2016 is a Ryder Cup year and Graeme is also vying against Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry for a place on the Ireland Olympic Team.  The Portrush man has good memories of Kapalua; his last competitive round here was a 62, which helped him to a solo third back in 2011.  Super each way chances.

Zach Johnson 20/1

You don’t need to be a bomber to score in Kapalua and Zach Johnson must fancy his chances every time he comes here.  Winner here in 2014 and defended admirably with a solo seventh last year despite an opening round of 73.  The straightest driver and best putter in the field over the last two stagings of the event, Zach can contend again.

Jimmy Walker 35/1

Jimmy starts 2016 as a long odds shot by virtue of his disappearing act after the 2015 Byron Nelson.  He is not to be discounted however having shot of the blocks for the past two seasons winning back to back Sony Opens.  Solo second here in 2015 when he faltered over the closing holes and lost a playoff to Pat Reed.

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