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Sentry Tournament of Champions: who’s playing, how to watch and the latest odds for the first PGA Tour event of 2022

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Sentry Tournament of Champions: who’s playing, how to watch and the latest odds for the first PGA Tour event of 2022

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fter a short break over the Christmas season, the PGA Tour is back and many of the world’s best players are in action for the 2022 kick-off.

Since 1986, the Sentry Tournament of Champions has been the first tournament of the calendar year, and this week is no different as golf returns to Kapalua, Hawaii.

For some, the four rounds are a chance to get rid of rust after months of being away from competition, while other players are better positioned to jump into 2022.

Here’s everything you need to know about the tournament, and how to watch the action from Hawaii.

Who plays in the Tournament of Champions:

As always, the PGA Tour kicks off the year with the Sentry Tournament of Champions. It has been played at the Plantation Course since 1999.

Anyone who won an event in 2021 is eligible – Xander Sc Chaud qualifies with his gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

Of those who can participate in the tournament, only Rory McIlroy will not participate this week. The Northern Irishman will instead start his year in Abu Dhabi later this month.

Cameron Champ, who won the 3M Open last year, was scheduled to play but had to retire after testing positive for Covid-19, meaning the field is now 38 players for the event without a cut.

It’s an incredibly strong field, with only McIlroy and Dustin Johnson, who failed to win an event in 2021, missing out on the world top ten. Collin Morikawa could take the top spot in Jon Rahm’s standings, depending on where the pair finish this week, while Justin Thomas is favorites for a tournament he won in 2017 and 2020.

Patrick Cantlay returns to action for the first time since the Ryder Cup in September, Viktor Hovland is chasing his third straight win after a brilliant end to 2021, and Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau are among the other big names in Hawaii.

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How to watch the Tournament of Champions:

The first event of the PGA Tour of 2022 kicks off on Thursday, January 6, and with the tournament being held in Hawaii, that means the first groups won’t leave until evening in the UK.

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