The Sentry Tournament of Champions kicks off the 2021 portion of the PGA Tour schedule. An elite 42-player field is at the Plantation Course at Kapalua in Hawaii. Below, we look at the fantasy golf power rankings for the top 30 golfers at the 2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Fantasy power rankings
30. Lanto Griffin (+8000)
Returns for his second Tournament of Champions despite not winning in 2020, as he advanced to the Tour Championship in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. He finished alone in 13th in his 2020 debut despite an uncharacteristically awful putting performance with 0.48 strokes lost per round with the flat stick.
29. Cameron Champ (+5000)
Makes a third straight appearance with 1.31 total strokes gained per round, according to Data Golf. He averaged 0.84 Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee last year, but his distance advantage was largely negated at the unusually long 7,596-yard, par-73 venue.
28. Martin Laird (+15000)
Returned to the winner’s circle in 2020 with a playoff victory at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He has gained 1.83 strokes per round on the field over 12 career rounds played at the Plantation Course, with a runner-up finish in 2012 highlighting his three appearances.
27. Kevin Na (+10000)
A four-time PGA Tour champ, Na has surprisingly played this event just twice. He has lost 0.84 strokes per round but his short game should be better suited to the course. His 2020 campaign ended with a T-13 finish at the Masters.
26. Jason Kokrak (+8000)
Won The CJ Cup against a similarly-elite and slightly larger field. Will look to lean on the same hot putter that led to his success at Shadow Creek Golf Course.
25. Brendon Todd (+10000)
Went without a win in 2020 after victories in back-to-back events he played in the fall of 2019, but he still made it to the Tour Championship. Finished just 29th last January at plus-2 and will need a much better performance with the putter.
24. Mackenzie Hughes (+12500)
Back at Kapalua for just the second time as a PGA Tour pro. His short game was his greatest strength in a 2020 campaign featuring seven top-10 finishes in 22 events.
23. Sebastian Munoz (+8000)
An inconsistent putter, Munoz gained 1.11 strokes per round on these greens last year en route to a T-17 finish. His 2020 schedule ended with back-to-back missed cuts at the RSM Classic and Mayakoba Golf Classic.
22. Harris English (+3300)
Had one of the best falls of anyone without a win in 2020. He was the runner-up at The Northern Trust in late August and then had four top-10 finishes in his final six events on the year. He finished 11th in 2014 in his only appearance here to date.
21. Viktor Hovland (+2000)
If only Hovland’s 2021 debut was at any other course. One of the top rising stars in golf, his 2020 schedule finished with a win at the Mayakoba Golf Classic and a T-3 in Dubai the following week. Still, putting and play around the greens are too important here to have high expectations for Hovland in his debut at the Tournament of Champions.
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20. Marc Leishman (+8000)
Finished 7th and 4th in his last two appearances here in 2018 and 2019, respectively. He won his fifth PGA Tour title at last January’s Farmers Insurance Open, but he had just one other top-10 finish in 18 other events.
19. Abraham Ancer (+4000)
One of five making his debut at the Plantation Course this year. His 2020 campaign was highlighted by two runner-up finishes with just one missed cut in 21 events.
18. Joaquin Niemann (+4000)
Finished fifth in his debut at this event last year. He didn’t lean too heavily on any one area of his game with 0.87 SG: Putting and 0.86 SG: Tee-to-Green per round.
17. Kevin Kisner (+6600)
Makes his fourth appearance at the TOC with an average of 1.02 strokes gained per round across 12 rounds played with a top finish of 9th in 2016. Typically a strong putter, he lost 0.36 strokes putting in a T-14 finish last year.
16. Adam Scott (+5000)
Returns to Kapalua for the first time since a sixth-place finish in 2014 after getting his 14th career PGA Tour title at February’s Genesis Invitational. He’s tied for second in this field with 24 rounds played here and has averaged 1.68 strokes gained per round.
15. Scottie Scheffler (+3300)
The 2019-20 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year was red-hot last summer before a positive test for COVID-19 forced him to withdraw from the US Open and partially derailed his season.
14. Tony Finau (+2500)
There would be some irony in Finau winning the Tournament of Champions. He hasn’t won on Tour since a 2016 victory in the alternate-field Puerto Rico Open. Perhaps the curse is lifted; however, after Hovland’s victory at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. On his own merit, Finau is an expert iron player who showed major strides with his wedges and putter last year.
13. Sungjae Im (+3300)
Debuts here after getting his first win at last year’s Honda Classic. He followed it up with a third-place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational before the season was suspended but had just one other top-10 result before a T-2 at the Masters. He’ll need to be sharper around the greens after losing 0.35 strokes per round with his short game in the fall portion of the 2020-21 season.
12. Cameron Smith (+4000)
Our final member of the strong Australian contingent at the Tournament of Champions, Smith got his first solo PGA Tour win at last year’s Sony Open in Hawaii. The rest of his 2020 campaign had been rather disappointing up until a T-2 finish at Augusta National. He gained 1.01 strokes per round with the putter across 16 measured rounds in the fall portion of the schedule.
11. Daniel Berger (+3000)
Another name making a long-awaited return to the Plantation Course after getting a win in 2020. Berger has gained 1.20 strokes per round on the field here across eight rounds and his strong approach game and putter should have him in contention.
10. Bryson DeChambeau (+1000)
As mentioned above, the excess length of Kapalua negates the advantages of a lot of the longest hitters to play here. While DeChambeau’s PGA Tour-best 337.8 average yards of driving distance helped him to victory in the US Open, he’ll need to rely much more heavily on a less jaw-dropping short game.
9. Collin Morikawa (+2800)
Became a routine betting favorite last year with victory at the PGA Championship, but he comes into the first event of 2021 with just the 12th-best odds to win. His putter really struggled following the breakthrough major win, but his iron play remained sharp.
8. Webb Simpson (+1800)
Won twice in 2020 with two third-place results and four other top 10s in 17 events on the year. He has averaged 2.09 strokes gained per round here over 15 career rounds with two third-place finishes.
7. Hideki Matsuyama (+1800)
Second in this field with 2.51 strokes gained per round at the Plantation Course. He returns for the first time since 2018 with a runner-up and finishes of 3rd and 4th.
6. Jon Rahm (+750)
Finished inside the top 10 each of the last three years here, including a runner-up finish in 2018. He comes into this year’s tournament at No. 2 in the Golfweek/Sagarin world rankings after winning twice upon the Tour’s 2020 restart.
5. Patrick Reed (+1600)
Won here in 2015 and has two runner-up finishes in four appearances since. He has averaged 1.72 strokes gained per round over 24 rounds played. He relied perhaps a bit too heavily on his 2.33 SG: Putting per round last year, but he also gained 0.70 strokes per round around the greens.
4. Patrick Cantlay (+1800)
Finished alone in fourth last year with a field-best 1.64 SG: Approach. He also found success on these greens in a better-than-usual putting performance with 1.19 SG: Putting for the tournament.
3. Xander Schauffele (+1000)
Followed up his 2019 win at Kapalua with a playoff loss to Justin Thomas last year. He lost 0.18 strokes per round with the putter but led the field in SG: Around-the-Green, SG: Off-the-Tee and SG: Tee-to-Green.
2. Justin Thomas (+700)
Won here for the second time in his career to start the 2020 calendar year. The No. 5 player in the Golfweek rankings, Thomas got his second victory of 2020 in a similar field at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
1. Dustin Johnson (+600)
Johnson’s odds aren’t worth the risk as the tournament betting favorite, but the No. 1 player in the Golfweek rankings is a strong choice in any fantasy lineup. Like Thomas, he’s a two-time winner here, most recently doing so by eight strokes over Rahm in 2018.
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