Waking up in January still hungover from the holiday rush and full from all the feasts and parties attended you’re in dire need of a vacation. Well sit back and enjoy January in Hawaii. The Sentry Tournament of Champions is the first of two stops in January in the beautiful state of Hawaii for the PGA Tour official calendar start of 2019. Each year the champion of each tour event gets a shot at an exclusive field of winners. The Tournament of Champions has been played over the Plantation Course at the Kapalua Resort since 1999 but has been in play since 1953. The defending champion is Dustin Johnson who won the 2018 edition at an astounding eight shots ahead of second place coming within one shot of tying David Duval’s record of nine ahead.
As always the field is deep and filled with storylines and headliners from rookie season winners to winless droughts drenched. Rory McIlroy will be making his first start at the Kapalua resort as part of his newly restructured schedule to include playing here in the United States on the PGA Tour more. Rory is joined by Cameron Champ, Aaron Wise, and six other first time participants. Matt Kuchar, Kevin Na, and Charles Howell III all broke through this year to break winless streaks; the longest came from Charles Howell III whose last win was in 2007.
The other big names in the field include the World No. 1 and reigning U.S. Open and PGA Champion Brooks Koepka, who could fall out with a poor showing this week. Bubba Watson, Justin Thomas, and Bryson DeChambeau are all coming off of multiple win seasons and would love to get a head start to the 2019 calendar season with a win here. 34 of the 37 past season winners are present at Kapalua those missing are Tiger Woods who won his 80th tournament at the 2018 Tour Championship, Phil Mickelson who won the World Golf Championship Mexico Championship in a playoff vs. Justin Thomas and lastly Justin Rose who won the 2018 Ft. Worth Invitational.
No. 1 Tee
3 p.m. — Satoshi Kodaira, Cameron Champ
3:10 p.m. — Kevin Tway, Troy Merritt
3:20 p.m. — Matt Kuchar, Michael Kim
3:30 p.m. — Ted Potter, Jr., Scott Piercy
3:40 p.m. — Charles Howell III, Brice Garnett
3:50 p.m. — Brandt Snedeker, Ian Poulter
4 p.m. — Andrew Putnam, Andrew Landry
4:10 p.m. — Marc Leishman, Patton Kizzire
4:20 p.m. — Gary Woodland, Kevin Na
4:30 p.m. — Aaron Wise, Paul Casey
4:40 p.m. — Patrick Reed, Jon Rahm
4:50 p.m. — Jason Day, Francesco Molinari
5 p.m. — Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele
5:10 p.m. — Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson
5:20 p.m. — Keegan Bradley, Brooks Koepka
5:30 p.m. — Billy Horschel, Justin Thomas
5:40 p.m. — Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson