2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions Primer: History, TV, Field, Odds

Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas plays his shot from the 10th tee during the final round of the Sentry Tournament Of Champions at the Kapalua Plantation Course on Jan 5, 2020 in Kapalua, Hawaii. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

The PGA Tour’s 2022-23 season resumes this week in Hawaii with the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

Contested at picturesque Kapalua on the island of Maui, the Tournament of Champions will feature a small, but superbly-talented, field of 39 golfers, including tournament winners from 2022 as well as those who finished inside the top 30 of last season’s FedEx Cup race.

The star-studded field in Hawaii will include a bevy of top-ranked players but will be missing its 2022 record-setting champion Cam Smith, who signed with the LIV Golf League last summer.

Kapalua winners, who will be teeing it up, include Jordan Spieth (2016), Xander Schauffele (2019), and two-time champ Justin Thomas (2020, 2017).

Other big names in the Maui field include Scottie Scheffler, Patrick Cantlay, Will Zalatoris, Viktor Hovland, Collin Morikawa, Matt Fitzpatrick and Tony Finau.

As we do each week, here’s a roundup of information and data points to prep you for the week in Hawaii.

The Skinny

Tony Finau and Jon Rahm Sentry Tournament Of Champions
Tony Finau and Jon Rahm during a practice round prior to the Sentry Tournament Of Champions on the Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club on Jan 5, 2021 in Kapalua, Hawaii. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins via Getty Images)
Sentry Tournament of Champions

Title Sponsor: Sentry
PGA Tour Debut: 1953
Event Week: 10 of 43
Dates: Jan. 5-8, 2023
Where: Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii
Venue: Plantation Course at Kapalua
Distance: 7452 yards, Par 73
Architect: Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore
Field: 39 players (2022 winners and Top 30 FEC)
Format: 72-hole stroke play, NO CUT
Purse: $15,000,000
Winning Share: $2,700,000
2022 Champion: Cam Smith

How to Follow the Sentry Tournament of Champions

Sentry Tournament of Champions
A rainbow appears in front of the first hole during the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua on Jan 7, 2018 in Lahaina, Hawaii. Photo by Stan Badz/Getty Images via PGA TOUR

TELEVISION: Thu-Fri: 6-10 p.m. (GOLF); Sat-Sun: 4-6 p.m. (NBC), 6-8 p.m. (GOLF)

PGA TOUR LIVE: Thu: 2:15-10 p.m. (ESPN+); Fri: 2:30-10 p.m. (ESPN+); Sat-Sun: 12:45-8pm (ESPN+)
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PGA TOUR RADIO: Thu-Fri: 4-6 p.m.; Sat-Sun: 3-8 p.m.
PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com/liveaudio

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Sentry Tournament of Champions History

Sergio Garcia Wins 2002 Mercedes Championships at Kapalua
Sergio Garcia poses with the trophy after winning the Mercedes Championships in a playoff on the Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii. Photo: Donald Miralle/Getty Images

The Sentry Tournament of Champions is annually held during the first week of January, and, since 1999, has been played at the Kapalua’s Plantation Course on the island of Maui.

The inaugural winner was Al Besselink who shot a 280 to edge Chandler Harper by a single stroke in 1953. For his second career PGA Tour victory, Besselink, then a swashbuckling 31-year-old from New Jersey, was awarded a wheelbarrow of silver dollars worth $10,000. Known for his propensity to gamble, the University of Miami product, however, banked another $12,500 by placing a $500 bet on himself at 25-1.

For its first 16 editions, the limited-field tournament was contested in Las Vegas, Nevada – first at the Desert Inn Country Club from 1953-66, then for two years at the Stardust Country Club (1967-68).

In 1969 the tournament moved further west to Carlsbad, California, with La Costa Resort and Spa playing host until 1999 when it was moved to Maui.

There have been six title sponsors over the years with MONY (75-90), Infiniti (91-93), and Mercedes (94-09) holding the rights for the first 35 years. The title sponsor has been far less stable in recent years, however, with Hyundai (11-16), SBS (10, 17), and Sentry (18-22) sharing the marquee for the past thirteen editions.

Dustin Johnson Wins the 2018 Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua
Dustin Johnson poses with the trophy after winning the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua on Jan. 7, 2018. Photo: Stan Badz/Getty Images via PGA TOUR

Past tournament champions include Hall of Famers such as Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Phil Mickelson, Johnny Miller, and Tiger Woods. Recent marquee winners include two-time champs Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson, alongside Jordan Spieth, Cam Smith and Xander Schauffele.

History: Recent Winners

2022: Cam Smith
2021: Harris English
2020: Justin Thomas*
2019: Xander Schauffele*
2018: Dustin Johnson
2017: Justin Thomas*
2016: Jordan Spieth*
2015: Patrick Reed
2014: Zach Johnson
2013: Dustin Johnson
*In 2023 field

History: Records

Wins: 5, Jack Nicklaus (1963-64, 71, 73, 75)
Consecutive Wins: 3, Stuart Appleby (2004-06)
72-Hole Scoring: 258 (-34), Cam Smith (2022)
18-Hole Scoring: 61 (-12), Jon Rahm (Rd3, 2022), Justin Thomas (Rd3, 2022), Matt Jones (Rd4, 2022)

The Course: Plantation at Kapalua

Hole 18 Kapalua
A view of the 18th hole during the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Plantation Course at Kapalua on Jan 7, 2018 in Lahaina, Hawaii. Photo: Stan Badz/Getty Images via PGA TOUR

The Plantation Course at Kapalua is located on the island of Maui, and measures 7,452 yards from the championship tees.

Designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, the Plantation track is a traditional links-style course offering dramatic elevation changes with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and ocean.

In addition to being the Tour’s only par 73, it’s also the only course on the schedule with seven holes measuring over 500 yards – two of those being the 549-yard par-4 17th and the 663-yard par-5 18th.

Notably, both closing holes play downhill, allowing most of the pros to reach in two despite the lengthy yardage.

The Field: Sentry Tournament of Champions

Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele walk off of the 18th green as they head into a playoff during the final round of the Sentry Tournament Of Champions at the Kapalua Plantation Course on Jan 5, 2020 in Kapalua, Hawaii. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

The field in Maui this week features 29 PGA Tour winners in 2022, including three former Kapalua champions: Justin Thomas (2020, 2017), Xander Schauffele (2019) and Jordan Spieth (2016).

Three of the 2022 season’s major champions will be on hand as well: Thomas (PGA), Matt Fitzpatrick (U.S. OPEN) and Scottie Scheffler (MASTERS). Cam Smith (PLAYERS and BRITISH OPEN) joined the LIV League, while Rory McIlroy (FedEx Cup) has opted out.

Other marquee tournament champions in the field include Patrick Cantlay (BMW), Hideki Matsuyama (Sony), Max Homa (Wells Fargo, Fortinet), Sam Burns (Valspar, Colonial), Tony Finau (3M, Rocket, Houston), and Jordan Spieth (Hilton Head).

Jordan Spieth Wins 2022 RBC Heritage
Jordan Spieth poses with the trophy after winning the RBC Heritage in a playoff at Harbor Town Golf Links on April 17, 2022 in Hilton Head Island, SC. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox via Getty Images)

First-time tour winners making their debuts at Kapalua include Ryan Brehm (Puerto Rico), Tom Hoge (Pebble), Tom Kim (Wyndham, Shriners), Sepp Straka (Honda), Chad Ramey (Corales), J.J. Spaun (Valero), Trey Mullinax (Barbasol), and Adam Svensson (Sea Island).

Familiar names in the field who finished inside the FedEx Cup top 30 include Sungjae Im, Viktor Hovland, Cameron Young, Collin Morikawa and Adam Scott

Top-5 Betting Favorites

1. Jon Rahm (7-1)
2. Justin Thomas (9-1)
3. Patrick Cantlay (10-1)
4. Xander Schauffele (12-1)
4. Scottie Scheffler (12-1)

Full Field

Sentry Tournament of Champions | Plantation GC | Kapalua, Maui, HI | Jan. 6-9, 2022

Matt Fitzpatrick Wins U.S. Open 2022
Matt Fitzpatrick speaks with NBC’s Mike Tirico after winning the 122nd U.S. Open Championship at The Country Club on June 19, 2022 in Brookline, Mass. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton via Getty Images)

2022 Tournament Winners

  • Keegan Bradley (Japan)
  • Ryan Brehm (Puerto Rico)
  • Sam Burns (Valspar, Colonial)
  • Patrick Cantlay (BMW)
  • Tony Finau (3M, Detroit, Houston)
  • Matt Fitzpatrick (U.S. Open)
  • Russell Henley (Mayakoba)
  • Tom Hoge (Pebble Beach)
  • Max Homa (Wells Fargo, Napa)
  • Billy Horschel (Memorial)
  • Mackenzie Hughes (Sanderson Farms)
  • Tom Kim (Wyndham, Shriners)
  • K.H. Lee (Byron Nelson)
  • Luke List (Farmers)
  • Hideki Matsuyama (Sony)
  • Trey Mullinax (Barbasol)
  • J.T. Poston (John Deere)
  • Seamus Power (Bermuda)
  • Jon Rahm (Mexico)
  • Chad Ramey (Corales)
  • Chez Reavie (Barracuda)
  • Xander Schauffele (Travelers)
  • Scottie Scheffler (Phoenix, Bay Hill, Masters)
  • J.J. Spaun (Valero)
  • Jordan Spieth (Hilton Head)
  • Sepp Straka (The Honda)
  • Adam Svensson (Sea Island)
  • Justin Thomas (PGA)
  • Will Zalatoris (Memphis)

2022 FedEx Top 30

  • Sungjae Im
  • Aaron Wise
  • Viktor Hovland
  • Cameron Young
  • Collin Morikawa
  • Brian Harman
  • Adam Scott
  • Corey Conners
  • Sahith Theegala
  • Scott Stallings

Up Next On Tour

Sony Open at Waialae CC
Players tee off on the 8th hole during the 2017 Sony Open at Waialae CC in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo: Getty Images

The PGA Tour tees it up in Honolulu for the long-running Sony Open, the second of the annual two-stop Hawaii set.

Jan. 12-15 – Sony Open in Hawaii (Honolulu, HI)
Jan. 19-22 – The American Express (La Quinta, CA)
Jan. 25-28 – Farmers Insurance Open (La Jolla, CA)
Feb. 02-05 – AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (Pebble Beach, CA)
Feb. 09-12 – WM Phoenix Open (Scottsdale, AZ)
Feb. 16-19 – The Genesis Invitational (Pacific Palisades, CA)

Joel Cook contributed to this report.


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