Sentry Tournament of Champions Preview

By Ryan Watson

photo courtesy Kapalua Resort

The Sentry Tournament of Champions kicks of the PGA Tour’s 2019 schedule January 3-6 in tropical Hawaii. The field includes only PGA Tour event winners from 2018 competing at Kapalua Resort’s famous Plantation Course. The course is known for its beautiful scenery, dramatic elevation changes and challenging layout. This year only 34 golfers will vie for the championship in what remains one of the most competitive events of the year. 


Tournament Preview

2018 champion Dustin Johnson. photo courtesy Getty Images

The small field is absolutely loaded with talent, including the likes of Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas. 2018 Tournament of Champions winner Dustin Johnson, already a 2-time winner, returns to Maui to defend his title. Should he do that, he will still be 1 title behind legendary Jack Nicklaus’ haul of 4 wins at the Tournament of Champions. Standing in his was is reigning Masters champion and 2015 Tournament of Champions winner Patrick Reed as he looks to start 2019 strong after a disappointing Ryder Cup. Another contendor is the unorthodox Bryson DeChambeau. DeChambeau will look to continue the blistering form that saw him take 4 wins in 2018, the most by any golfer. Rory McIlroy makes his first appearance at the Tournament of Champions while his European Ryder Cup teammate Francesco Molinari comes into the tournament ranked number 7 in the world. The course favors heavy hitters, but the sheer amount of talent in this tournament makes it almost impossible to predict a winner.


Television coverage is provided by the Golf Channel and NBC. The first 2 rounds are exclusively on the Golf Channel this Thursday and Friday, 6-10pm ET. Saturday’s coverage begins on NBC from 4-6pm ET before switching to the Golf Channel for more action 6-8pm ET. Sunday’s championship round will be exclusively on the Golf Channel 6-10pm ET. Radio coverage is also available through PGA Tour Radio, available on SiriusXM satellite radio and streaming online at 



About The Author

Ryan is a professor and freelance writer. He has been writing for GolfLink since 2017.


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