Sentry Tournament of Champions Matchup Picks

By Tom Wilkinson

The PGA Tour kicks off the calendar year with an excellent field in Hawaii for the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Almost all of the world’s top ranked players are in the field with Jon Rahm listed as the favorite at BetRivers. A total of 40 golfers qualified for this event with only World No. 1 Rory McIlroy choosing not to play. This tournament used to be a winner’s only event, but that is no longer the case, as just being ranked in the Top 30 in the FedExCup Standings is enough to qualify. I am coming off a 4-1 week in the last official PGA Tour event, the RSM Classic, so we’ll look to continue the success with four picks this week. Let’s look at Sentry Tournament of Champions Matchup picks.


Defending Champion: Cameron Smith


Tournament Notes: This event takes place at Kapalua which can stretch out to 7,596 yards. It is considered an easy course, as last year’s scoring average was just over 68. There are four par 5 holes and just three par 3 holes. The only thing that can make scoring somewhat challenging is the wind and although there are some trade winds forecast throughout the tournament, the wind won’t be a huge factor this week.


Sentry Tournament of Champions Matchups

Jon Rahm -125 vs. Scottie Scheffler

Xander Schauffele -137 vs. Patrick Cantlay

Patrick Cantlay -112 vs. Justin Thomas

Xander Schauffele -128 vs. Tony Finau

Justin Thomas -125 vs. Tony Finau

Sungjae Im -120 vs. Cameron Young

Sungjae Im -129 vs. Collin Morikawa

Viktor Hovland -125 vs. Collin Morikawa

Matthew Fitzpatrick -150 vs. Sam Burns

Max Homa -125 vs. Tom Kim

Will Zalatoris -137 vs. Jordan Spieth

Brian Harman -137 vs. Russell Henley

Aaron Wise -120 vs. Corey Conners

Hideki Matsuyama -114 vs. Billy Horschel

Seamus Power -120 vs. Adam Scott

Adam Svensson -112 vs. Sepp Straka

Seamus Power -118 vs. Sahith Theegala

MacKenzie Hughes -125 vs. J.J. Spaun

Scott Stallings -116 vs. J.T. Poston

Aaron Wise -126 vs. Hideki Matsuyama

Cameron Young -142 vs. Tom Kim

Sam Burns -112 vs. Jordan Spieth

Billy Horschel -142 vs. Adam Scott

Kyoung-Hoon Lee -126 vs. Tom Hoge

Brian Harman -118 vs. Keegan Bradley



Golf Picks


Jon Rahm -125 vs. Scottie Scheffler


I know that Scheffler is actually the higher ranked golfer in the world rankings, but Rahm is the overall favorite in this tournament and this course seems built for his game. He would have won last year if not for a ridiculous score shot by Smith and you have to like Rahm’s form, as his recent results are a tie for 2nd, win, tie for 4th and a win. Scheffler is also playing well and he did tie for 13th last year, but Rahm looks to be the better player right now. I will lay the small price and take Rahm in this matchup.


Justin Thomas -125 vs. Tony Finau


Justin Thomas has won at Kapalua twice and I expect him to contend again this week. He also has two third place finishes and a tie for 5th in this event. I know that Finau played really well to end last year and had three overall wins, but he has not finished in the Top 15 in this event since 2017. I’ll lay the small price and take Thomas.


Xander Schauffele -128 vs. Tony Finau


I am going against Finau again this week and taking Schauffele. He has finished in a tie for 2nd, tie for 5th and 12th on this course. He won three times last year and always seems to be in contention. I’ll take Schauffele in this matchup.


Sungjae Im -120 vs. Cameron Young


I think Im is going to contend this week and why not? He tied for 8th last year and tied for 5th two years ago. He rarely hits bad shots and always seems to be in good position. I like Young and his game, but I still think Im is the better player and we get him at a short price in this matchup.


Check out the latest RSM Classic odds and matchups at BetRivers.