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Thomas Headlines Tournament of Champions

Morikawa Chasing Rahm for Top Ranking as PGA Tour Hits Hawaii

The Sentry Tournament of Champions features a stellar field of the world’s best golfers in Hawaii, including Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa.

Golf betting odds are available for every golfer in the field and the value is insane. Getting +900 for the likes of Thomas is excellent shopping for the first PGA Tour tournament of 2022.

JT Headlines Tournament of Champions
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Harris English looks to defend his title, but it won’t be easy against this level of opposition.

Money Comes for Thomas

Justin Thomas is a two-time winner of the Tournament of Champions, so we’re not surprised by the money coming for him.

The 28-year-old American opened at +1200 before being backed into +900, which is a serious move. Markets haven’t been open long, so bettors were waiting to pounce on Thomas.

He looks like a good bet after playing superb golf at the PNC Championship with his father. It’s tough to weigh up form from that event, but we love the way he was striking the ball.

Thomas hasn’t won since taking out The Players at Sawgrass in March, but he has posted numerous close finishes. Thomas finished fourth in The Northern Trust and fourth in the TOUR Championship.

He wouldn’t have been happy with his solitary win last year, but he is worth backing at the price. Thomas finished third in the Sentry Tournament of Champions last year, so he could improve on that position.

His odds could continue to firm with the sportsbook and he could push Rahm for favoritism.

Pick: Justin Thomas +900

More of Morikawa

We can’t get enough of Collin Morikawa and with good reason. He’s the present and future of world golf, and bettors have been cashing in.

Morikawa was one of the best bets in 2021, scoring wins in the WCG Workday Championship, The Open Championship and the DP World Tour Championship.

The two-time major winner is the best ball striker on the PGA Tour, which goes a long way to winning tournaments. Just ask Fred Couples.

With everything in Morikawa’s life falling into place, there is no reason not to bet on him. He is one of the most consistent golfers and he never puts in a bad tournament.

Missing the cut doesn’t resonate with the 24-year-old. He should claim the top ranking at some stage this year and it could come at the Tournament of Champions.

He loves being in the mix on the weekend and cherishes every opportunity he gets.

“It’s just exciting,” Morikawa told Sports Illustrated. “You love being in these spots and you don’t get them every week. You wish you did, but when you do, you want to take advantage of them.”

Betting online markets have Morikawa at +1000. It’s a fantastic price for a golfer that we expect to be near the top of the leaderboard.

Pick: Collin Morikawa +1000

Don’t Forget About Smith

Cameron Smith is a player bettors often overlook, but the Australian trail blazer could provide value.

The 28-year-old won the 2020 Sony Open in Hawaii, so he knows how to manage the strong winds, which is a huge asset at Kapalua.

He also won the Zurich Classic with Marc Leishman, and although he owns only one solo PGA Tour victory, he pushed Tony Finau to a playoff in The Northern Trust, which was an outstanding effort.

A cool customer, Smith could be worth having on your ticket. He handles pressure well, and after some time off, he could hit the ground running.

Bettors get +2500 for Smith, who has drifted from the opening quote of +2000. We wouldn’t leave him out of our selections, especially if the conditions are tough.

Pick: Cameron Smith +2500

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