After a month layoff, the PGA Tour is back in full swing with an event every week until the 2016-2017 season wraps up at the Tour Championship. This week’s field at the SBS Tournament of Champions features all of the winners on the PGA Tour last season.
Jordan Spieth is back in Maui looking to defend his near record breaking performance of 30-under-par. World number 1, Jason Day, is making his return this week after three months off due to a back injury. Other big names in the field include Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson and Patrick Reed. Also, the hottest player in golf, Hideki Matsuyama is coming off 4 wins in his last 5 starts.
It should be an exciting week down in Maui, Hawaii, so let’s get on with this week’s sleeper picks.
With six of the top-10 in the world playing this week, Brandt Snedeker is flying under the radar. Snedeker is coming into this week after a month off where he last played in the Hero World Challenge finishing T6. Snedeker finished T3 at 21-under last year down in Maui and propelled him to finish 15th in the season long FedEx Cup.
OWGR: 28 | 2016 FedEx Cup Finish: 15
Coming off his best season on his career, William McGirt could be one of the players contending come Sunday. McGirt, who finished T24 in the FedEx Cup last season, secured his first win of his career at the Memorial Tournament to get himself into the field this week. McGirt has gotten off to a sluggish start to his 2016-2017 season with a missed cut and a T27 in the fall.
OWGR: 50 | 2016 FedEx Cup Finish: 24
A hot finish to his 2015-16 season, including a win at the John Deere Classic, helped Ryan Moore become the Captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup, his first time competing in the event. Moore made the most of the selection, scoring two points in just three events, including the winning point.
OWGR: 35 | 2016 FedEx Cup Finish: 7
Brendan Steele started his year in the fall with a win at the Safeway Open, a T26 and a T31. Steele currently is sitting at 5th in the FedEx Cup season and his well on pace to his best season in his 7th PGA Tour season. Steele has already racked up 1.17 million in just three events so far this season, and will be looking to continue his hot start down in Maui this week.
OWGR: 60 | 2017 FedEx: 63
Si Woo Kim
Si Woo Kim is coming off his rookie season where he racked up a win, runner-up and 16 top-25 finishes. Kim finished runner-up to Emiliano Grillo in the rookie of the year race where he made over $3.08 million in 34 events. Kim has played in four events so far this season which included one top-10 finish at the CIMB Classic.
OWGR: 53 | 2017 FedEx: 17