Hyundai Tournament of Champions 2015 Preview

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Hyundai Tournament of Champions, 08 January- 11 January, Kapalua Plantation Course

The PGA Tour tees off in Hawaii this week as 34 of last years’ winners on the PGA Tour head to Kapalua’s Plantation Course for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. This is always a great way to kick the year off as the course can be tricky when the wind picks up and it’s unique layout means that it is not suited to any single type of player. Rather, consistency and a cool head are the name of the game and a bit of luck will go a long way in a tricky tournament. The course is the only Par 73 on the PGA Tour and plays 7,411 yards. Whilst this seems long a lot of the holes play downhill so long drives are a dime a dozen and the course actually plays a lot shorter than it reads on paper. The real difficulty comes in managing the windy conditions that are often encountered but with sea views on almost every hole, more often than not the field looks relaxed and at ease. As this is a novelty tournament a lot of those invited to play use it as a family break but don’t let their carefree attitudes fool you, it’s often those players who fare well here. As usual accuracy off the tee is the name of the game and a solid short game won’t hurt. The average winning score here is -21 so the ability to capitalise on those greens in regulation is a must. So who will win this one? Let’s have a look.

 

To Win Outright

Bubba Watson  13/2
Jason Day  15/2
Matt Kuchar  8/1
Hideki Matsuyama  14/1
Zach Johnson  14/1


VALUE BETS

Tim Clark (40/1 a win, 8/1 a place)
Tim Clark will arrive here motivated and ready to capitalise on that form he found towards the end of last year. He currently ranks 62nd and as such has not qualified for any WGC events or three of the Majors so the points on offer against a smaller field will be pretty appealing. Last time he played here he managed the course well and only let himself down on the greens where he was unable to capitalise on his solid iron play but his game looks in decent shape now and that shouldn’t be an issue this week. 40/1 looks like a lot of value on the in-form South African so each way is the bet for me.

Billy Horschel (20/1 a win, 4/1 a place)
Horschel had the best season of his career last year and whilst most of those competing this week would have taken a break over the festive period you can be certain he was making sure his game was in check. When in form he’s one of the best in the game at the moment and he plays with a level of intensity seldom encountered. Whether or not that will be to his detriment in what has traditionally been a laid back affair is yet to be seen but he managed a T6 here last time around and could easily go one better this year. Each way on Horschel is the bet for me.

Geoff Ogilvy (40/1 a win, 8/1 a place)
Traditionally Australian golfers have fared well in this one and this week Ogilvy looks the best of those players. He’s playing some great golf at the moment and seems to have moved past the slump that saw him fall off most golf punters radars over the past two years or so. The big greens seem to suit him and he should drain some long putts over the course of the tournament. Each way on Ogilvy is a great bet this week, at 40/1 you can’t get hurt.


TOP BET 

Matt Kuchar 
(8/1 a win, 16/10 a place)
Kuchar has always been a model of consistency and that has seen him compete in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions more than anyone else in the field. He arrives here with some incredible form behind him and is currently on a cut streak of 12 events so you can be sure that when he arrives in Hawaii he’ll be ready for action. At odds of 8/1 Kuchar looks a great bet this week, get on.


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