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Sentry Tournament of Champions – Tournament Recap

#PalmSunday was not meant to be. After a promising first 3 rounds from Ryan Palmer (+15000) and Collin Morikawa (+2500), both fizzled on Sunday, rendering our pockets empty. Harris English parlayed 4 solid, mistake-free rounds of golf into his first PGA victory since 2013, edging a surging Joaquin Niemann in the playoff.

Here’s a recap of how we did and what we learned.

Outrights

  • Tony Finau (+2200): T31
  • Collin Moriwaka (+2500): T7
  • Scottie Scheffler (+3500): T13
  • Ryan Palmer – Live (+15000): T4

Matchups (2-1)

  • Morikawa +105 > Hovland (W)
  • Scheffler (-120) > Im (L)
  • Niemann (-134) > Horschel (W)

DFS

Valiant effort in DFS this week. Had a legitimate path to 1st coming into Sunday before Niemann disrupted the field. Martin Laird was a risky value play that definitely paid off his price tag finishing T17. Michael Thompson was an afterthought this tournament after an opening round 73, so a bit of a shock to see his two Eagles were enough to carry him into the Top lineup for the week. Ryan Palmer (26% Owned) was a surprise chalk play this week that paid off in spades.

Final Thoughts

Kapalua is a second shot course and in a 4-day stretch where weather conditions never became a factor, this was a bona fide birdie fest. Playing at elevation with many open, downhill-rolling fairways, it was tough to get any major advantage over the field off the tee for the bigger hitters, opening the door for the likes of Harris English.

Naturally in a birdie fest, the player who hit the most putts was going to win. But to do that, you needed consistent Promixity on Approach within 12 feet from the 100-175 yards out. Just hitting greens in regulation (See: Adam Scott) was not enough to contend this week, if you weren’t leaving yourself makeable birdie putts. Harris English won this tournament playing mistake-free golf off the tee and leaving himself scoring opportunities with field-best Approach and Putting.