The PGA Tour starts again in the new year, with the Kapalua Plantation Course on Maui, Hawaii, hosting the Tournament of Champions, the traditional curtain raiser.
In anticipation of tougher test ahead, the fairways are very wide on this course, suiting the bombers as the strong breezes are the only real defence of this par 73, with just three par-threes.
Of the long hitters, Dustin Johnson may use this relaxing atmosphere to continue his celebrations after winning the Masters in November, Rory McIlroy hasn’t made the trip, Jon Rahm has been off since Augusta and is playing with new clubs, while Justin Thomas has been a little off form since his last victory in August.
With this in mind, we’re going to side with Bryson DeChambeau. The massive hitter will be keen to make up for his Augusta disaster, and is likely to make short work of the par-fives and many of the short par-fours. He could really make hay here, and looks good value at 11/1.
Our second selection is another player who is very long off the tee, Cameron Champ. The young American was the longest driver on tour for the 2018–19 season with a 317.1 yard average, and won the Safeway Open in September 2019, his first win in a full−strength PGA Tour tournament. He’s due another strong performance.
DeChambeau to win, 1 pt, at 11/1, William Hill
Champ 0.5 pts each way at 55/1, 1/5 the odds for the first five places, bet365