2017 SBS Tournament of Champions

A new calendar year on the PGA Tour gets underway with the now traditional SBS Tournament of Champions on Kapalua's Plantation Course in Maui, Hawaii, this Thursday and it promises to be a high class to start 2017 as the field consists of 32 players who won a tournament last year...

5th January - 8th January Odds Won/Lost Bet

SBS Tournament of Champions
Brandt Snedeker (each way)  
Best Bet
@ 20 / 1  
Brandt Snedeker first round leader (each way) @ 20 / 1  
Vaughn Taylor (each way) @ 150 / 1  

The Big Four

There is a strong line-up for this week's event and the in-form Hideki Matsuyama starts as a 5/1 favourite (Betfred) as he bids to build on a ridiculously good run of form that has seen him win five of his past six starts. The Japanese star tied 3rd on his only previous appearance on the Plantation Course and he is joined at the head of the market by defending champion Jordan Spieth (11/2), who is looking to build on his Australian Open win in his most recent outing.

Dustin Johnson can also be backed at 11/2 after finding only Matsuyama too good at the Hero World Challenge and the American is a former winner here after landing the title at Kapalua in 2013.

Jason Day is then next best at 8/1 and he is another with course form as he has finished in the top-ten in all three of his previous appearances here, albeit his recent back problems are a concern.

Send For Snedeker

Patrick Reed (14/1) is another who tends to enjoy playing at Kapalua as he won in 2015 before finishing runner-up in 2016, although the way his form cooled after following up victory at The Barclays with a tie for 5th at the Deutsche Bank is a bit of a worry.

We prefer to side with a player who kept himself busy by playing plenty of events around the world during the back end of 2016 as Brandt Snedeker won the Fiji International before tying 6th at the World Challenge. Snedeker loves playing in this part of the world, to the extent that he arrived in Maui on Boxing Day to prepare for this week, and he has finished no worse than 11th in four previous visits to the Plantation Course (10-3-11-3).

Snedeker used a tie for 3rd here last year as a springboard to an electric start to 2016 as he went on to finish runner-up at the Sony Open before winning the Farmers Insurance Open in his next two starts. We fancy he can do something similar this week and he ticks all of the boxes as a 20/1 shot (Bet 365).

Snedeker can hit the ground running again as he is 20/1 to be first round leader (Betfred) and he has finished inside the top-five of the leaderboard after the opening round in two of his four visits to this venue, boasting a first round scoring average of 69.50 in the process.

The Long Shot

This is a course that the American clearly enjoys as it offers low scoring opportunities when the breeze relents and even though it weighs in at 7,452 yards it is deceiving as a hot putter and an able scrambler are far more important factors to consider than driving distance. Which brings us to Vaughn Taylor, who is one of the better scramblers in this field and he does have previous at Kapalua having finished 8th in 2005 and 4th in 2006, with B365 going a massive 150/1 on his chances this week. He could be worth a small each-way wager.

2017 SBS Tournament of Champions Odds