Observations: The New-Year Looks of 8 PGA Tour Stars at Kapalua

Some quick-hit observations of the players at Kapalua, and what stood out as we enter the 2019 calendar year.

1. Patrick Reed

P-Reed looks like he’s in the best shape of his life. Had to have shed 20-30 lbs or so since East Lake. Same Nike outfit. Still not well liked, though (apparently), as he enters his seventh full PGA Tour season.

Patrick Reed
Patrick Reed hits a shot during day three of the Hero World Challenge at Albany on Dec 2, 2018. Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images



2. Justin Thomas

JT appears to have added some muscle, and is filling out as he enters his fifth full PGA Tour campaign. No longer a string bean looking kid, for sure. He’s also wearing the Ralph Lauren RLX brand instead of the RL Polo logo he’s worn for years.

Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas hits a shot during day one of the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua on Jan 3, 2019. Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images



3. Dustin Johnson

DJ looks exactly the same, in the prime of his career. Fit, ripped, and with the sweetest swing. No changes on the sponsorship front.

Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson hits a shot during day one of the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua on Jan 3, 2019. Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images



4. Gary Woodland

Woodland is playing better than ever, and is now sporting a Wilson hat. He’d been under contract with Under Armor through the 2018 Memorial and then showed up at Shinnecock no longer sporting UA. He’d worn a Folds of Honor hat for the remainder of the season, along with a Puma shirt (and still has the Puma deal, apparently).

Gary Woodland
Gary Woodland waits on the tee during day one of the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua on Jan 3, 2019. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images



5. Rory McIlroy

Rors also looks good, and seems to have lost some water weight or bulk. Shirts appear to be a different cut – not too tight with a more breathable sleeve. Even looks younger. Was the red, white and blue a nod to his new commitment to U.S. golf?

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy waits on the tee during day one of the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua on Jan 3, 2019. Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images



6. Bubba Watson

If you watched the telecast on the Golf Channel, Bubba at 40 is no different than Bubba at 30. Still pretty much a crybaby (in a lovable way). But the 2019 version seems to have added some bulk back, and doesn’t look emaciated. The beard looks pretty good too. Now if he can just stop whining.

Bubba Watson
Bubba Watson reacts after a shot during day one of the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua on Jan 3, 2019. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images



7. Brooks Koepka

BK, like DJ, looks no different in 2019 than he did in 2018. Still buffed up and looking like a smooth swinging NFL free safety.

Brooks Koepka
Brooks Koepka waits on the tee during day one of the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua on Jan 3, 2019. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images



8. Ian Poulter

Poults has swapped out the Titleist branding on his visor for a Cool Sculpting logo. Also added a AURAE Lifestyle logo on right chest. Overall, Poulter looks better than ever as he approaches his 43rd b-day next week (January 10).

Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter hits a shot during day one of the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua on Jan 3, 2019. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

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