Recap of the last tournaments bets
Profit/Loss (This week) – Loss of $20 to a $10 Stake
Profit/Loss (Overall) – Loss of $289.30 to a $10 Stake
On to this week’s event.
Even though the current season has already seen nine tournaments, the first event of the calendar year still appears fresh and exciting. And the now-famous Plantation Course in Hawaii always seemed like a fittingly exotic place to begin. It’s always filled with celebrities, and even though the criteria were loosened a little last year owing to the pandemic, this is still a winner-only event.
This tournament has traditionally gone to someone who has been competing in the Hero World Challenge late into December. When there was no Hero last season, the first three home runs were all part of the Mayakoba Classic, which took place at the beginning of the month. The winner may come from the Hero, which is contested on a similar golf course with five par-fives.
Choosing a Masters champion for this tournament appears to be a viable approach. A slew of Green Jackets appear farther down the list of winners: Even if we started in 2013, Dustin Johnson (twice), Zach Johnson, Patrick Reed, and Jordan Spieth are included. In addition, this has been an excellent track for repeat winners, with the small field assisting that approach. On the weekend, wind gusts will struggle to reach double digits mph, according to the weather forecast. So even though conventional wisdom says you shouldn’t pick a first-timer for this course, it might just help beginners.
On to our picks for this year…
Kevin Na +6000
Kevin Na’s recent win in the QBE Shootout puts him in good stead here, and he will be keen to prove he wasn’t second fiddle in his pairing with Jason Kokrak. While he isn’t the best player off the tee, he still has a killer touch in and around the green, which I believe is the most significant factor here. Again, he doesn’t have the best record here, but he has plenty of experience, and the fact that he appears to be in form should give him a head start against the competition who could be feeling a seasonal hangover.
Tournament Match Bet
Viktor Hovland to beat Daniel Berger -130
The Norwegian 24-year-old has won his last two tournaments and is a force to be reckoned with this week. He placed 31st here last year, but he has won back-to-back tournaments at Mayakoba, which is an excellent correlation here as we have seen many players that have done well there win here. Hovland is both long and accurate off the tee, which, although it isn’t necessary here, should set him up well to attack each green. His approach play is very good, and he is a decent player around the green. This has resulted in him having the second-best birdie average on Tour this season. His putting is improving as he matures as a golfer, and he is a player who has a very bright future in the game. Winning a tournament such as the tournament of champions will only enhance his reputation. This is Berger’s first tournament this season, and you have to question how ready he will be for this tournament.
Top 5 Finish
Talor Gooch +500
This season, Talor Gooch has been immense, picking up a win at the RSM Classic and two top-five finishes at both the Fortinet Championship and the CJ Cup. He has had very few flaws to his game, resulting in some fantastic scoring statistics.
He ranks first for the total number of eagles made, fourth for the total amount of birdies made, fifth for his scoring average, and tenth for the lowest round shot this season. These numbers make him a very dangerous player this week who cannot be overlooked.