Hyundai Tournament of Champions, 08 January- 11 January, Kapalua Plantation Course
To Win Outright
Bubba Watson 13/2
Jason Day 15/2
Matt Kuchar 8/1
Hideki Matsuyama 14/1
Zach Johnson 14/1
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.
(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.