Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the Sentry Tournament of Champions for oddsmarket.com.
<div><p style="text-align:center"><strong>January 7-10</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Kapalua Resort, Plantation Course </strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Maui, Hawaii</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Par 73, 7596 yards</strong></p><p>The PGA Tour starts with its traditional curtain-raiser to 2021 in Hawaii at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. The field has been extended this year to some non-winners who made the Tour Championship in the fall bringing an elite field of forty-two players.</p><p><strong>After several weeks off, what sort of players do we look to support this week in Hawaii?</strong></p><p>Undoubtedly, course experience is a plus but the course debutants are still potentially interesting on a track suited to long drivers with no downside if they are a little offline driving to the generous Bermuda grass fairways. A hilly resort course that was toughened up last year with an unusual par of 73 whose normal defence to the professionals is the natural elements when the wind blows across the exposed terrain. Some years the winning score has been as low as thirty under par while last year was only fourteen under par. Invariably, the cream rises to the top at Kapalua with last year's winner Justin Thomas winning for the second time in four years and the recent Masters Champion Dustin Johnson a two time winner. My view would be to keep stakes small while finding players who can play well fresh when off a break but there is some interesting each-way value worth considering.</p><p><strong>Patrick Reed always a rock-solid option in Hawaii</strong></p><p>Patrick Reed was the winner here in 2015 and twice been runner up in 2016 and 2020 with a 6<sup>th</sup> sandwiched between in 2017 from six outings at Kapalua. He signed off 2020 with an impressive third-place finish in the DP World Tour Championship on one of his regular forays across to the European Tour. This much-travelled and busiest world golfer rarely gets the respect he deserves although his price appears correct this week. There is a bet worth considering though and that is a match bet with <strong>Bet365</strong> against Jon Rahm who is using new clubs this week.</p><p><strong>Sentry Tournament of Champions match bet: </strong><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrick Reed to beat Jon Rahm at 2.20 with Bet365</a> (visit our <a href="https://www.bookmakersreview.com/bet365/review/">Bet365 Review</a>)</p><p><strong>Second year is a charm that works for previous winners in Hawaii and could that theory work for Collin Morikawa?</strong></p><p>When looking back over the rich history of the Sentry Tournament of Champions winners it is noticeable that a few winners have been thrown up on their second visit to the course. In recent years that applies to Patrick Reed and Justin Thomas while Martin Laird was a strong second on his second start at Kapalua.</p><p><strong>Collin </strong><strong>Morikawa</strong> made an impressive debut last year here and went on to have a stellar season winning the Workday Capital at Muirfield Golf Village followed by a first major championship at the PGA Championship. After which a lacklustre finish to 2020 was perhaps understandable although his final start over on the European Tour at the DP World Tour Championship was a promising effort. Morikawa plays well fresh as he proved twice last season; here in Hawaii and post Covid-19 hiatus at the Charles Schwab Challenge where he was the runner up. Using last year's course experience Morikawa has a solid each way look to me this week and is worthy of support.</p><p><strong>Sentry Tournament of Champions Betting Pick: </strong><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Collin Morikawa - each-way at 26.00 with William Hill</a> (visit our <a href="https://www.bookmakersreview.com/william-hill/review/">William Hill Review</a>)</p><p><strong>Australian, Mark Leishman each-way value</strong></p><p>Aussie, <strong>Mark</strong> <strong>Leishman</strong> caught my eye at the Masters with a much-improved performance. Always an underrated player who is capable of winning in the very best company as his win at Torrey Pines in the Farmers Insurance Open last year proved once again. His post-Covid-19 form was lacklustre until the Masters and he has performed with credit twice here at Kapalua in three attempts with 7<sup>th</sup> and 4<sup>th</sup> in 2018 and 2019 respectively.</p><p>He is notoriously difficult to catch right but with five PGA Tour titles and a winner of the Nedbank Challenge on the European Tour in South Africa he is a player who closes out tournaments well.</p><p><strong>PGA Tour Betting Pick: </strong><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Leishman – each way at 81.00 with Unibet</a></p><p><strong>Scotland's, Martin Laird will be pleased to be back at Kapalua for the first time since 2014.</strong></p><p>Playing off a limited schedule of twelve PGA Tour events in 2020, Scotland's, <strong>Martin</strong> <strong>Laird</strong> made a notable career comeback when he won the Shriners Hospital for Children Open on the back of a promising effort at the Sanderson Farms Championship in the fall of the season. Pre Covid-19 hiatus he threatened better things were around the corner at the Puerto Rico Open where he finished 6<sup>th</sup> after holding the 54 hole lead.</p><p>The win at the Shriners will have helped restore his confidence under pressure to close the deal or play well when in a final round contention. Back between 2010 and 2014, he qualified for this event in the even years with his three previous PGA Tour titles. He played Kapalua Plantation Course superbly in 2010 and 2012 with 4<sup>th</sup> and 2<sup>nd</sup> places respectively illustrating how well suited he is to golf here. Twelve months ago it looked unlikely he would qualify but now he has there is likely no one happier to be starting their season here than Martin Laird. It will be a massive task to win this week but a strong performance from Laird could yield profit in the place markets.</p><p><strong>PGA Tour Betting Picks and Predictions: </strong><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martin Laird – Top 20 at 3.50 with Unibet</a></p></div>