After a rare break, the US PGA Tour returns this week with Hawaii the latest stop for the Sentry Tournament of Champions. The USA have produced the last eight victors, will it be more of the same in 2019?
One of the previous winners in the field is Patrick Reed, with the Masters champion topping the leader-board in 2015 and then finishing runner-up a year later.
Reed is one of several players who featured in last month’s Hero World Challenge, where he finished 11th after firing an opening round of 65.
The 28-year-old, who is 28/12 to claim the Green Jacket again in 2019, is part of a stellar pairing for the first two rounds.
Reed will play alongside Jon Rahm and with the Spaniard runner up last year – expect plenty of birdies from these two Ryder Cup rivals.
It’s four years since Matt Kuchar last played in this event, but the veteran appears to be back in form and looking forward to challenging for the big events again.
The 40-year-old (67/1 to top the US Money List) got back to winning ways two months ago, when he claimed victory in the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
Kuchar has always challenged in Hawaii, in this event as well as the Sony Open, and another solid week is expected from the world number 34.
Another early-season winner returning to form is Charles Howell III and the American will be eyeing a big week in Maui.
Having won the RSM Classic in Georgia in November – his first PGA tournament victory in 11 years is a sign that he is in good form.
Ian Poulter meanwhile has not played on the US Tour since October, when back-to-back rounds of 74 led to a disappointing finish at the WGC-HSBC Champions event.
After that, the Englishman finished way off the pace at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai – the European Tour finale to the 2018 season.
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