With the 2021 PGA Tour Sentry Tournament Champions event one round in, it’s time to take a look at what went down in the first round on Thursday and which players could find themselves in the winner circle once Sunday rolls around. Let’s jump right into action so you can get all set and place your bets against their Golf odds.
Golf Betting Analysis – 2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is the prohibitive favorite to win at the Plantation Course at Kapalua in Hawaii while world No. 3 Justin Thomas is right behind. World No. 2 Jon Rahm, No. 6 Xander Schauffele and No. 5 Bryson DeChambeau round out the top five leaders on the odds list.
Johnson and Thomas have both won this event twice, and both had three victories during the 2020 season. Johnson also won the Masters and the FedEx Cup championship, while Thomas was atop the standings at the end of the regular season. Thomas won in a three-way playoff at Kapalua last year and claimed the 2017 title as well. Johnson won by eight strokes in 2018 and took the hardware in 2013 as well.
Odds to Win 2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions
- Dustin Johnson 6-1
- Justin Thomas 13-2
- Jon Rahm 15-2
- Xander Schauffele 10-1
- Bryson DeChambeau 10-1
- Patrick Reed 16-1
- Hideki Matsuyama 18-1
- Patrick Cantlay 18-1
- Viktor Hovland 20-1
- Webb Simpson 20-1
- Collin Morikawa 25-1
- Tony Finau 25-1
- Daniel Berger 25-1
- Harris English 30-1
- Joaquin Niemann 35-1
- Sung-Jae Im 35-1
- Abraham Ancer 40-1
- Adam Scott 40-1
- Scottie Scheffler 40-1
- Cameron Smith 40-1
- Cameron Champ 45-1
- Sergio Garcia 60-1
Thomas, along with Harris English, sits atop the leaderboard at 8-under while a half-dozen players are two shots back including Sungjae Im, Patrick Reed and Sergio Garcia. Adam Scott and Patrick Cantlay are sitting at 5-under par while Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa and DeChambeau are among a group of players sitting at 4-under. Half of the 42-man field shot in the 60s on the Plantation Course on Thursday. Now, let’s look at my top five players to win.
Thomas has won two of the last four Sentry titles and sits atop the leaderboard after one round. In five events this season, the 27-year-old from Kentucky has not finished worse than T12 in any event. Thomas finished fourth at the Masters and is trying to become the first back-to-back winner at Kapalua since Geoff Ogilvy in 2010. Right now, I’ve got Thomas doing just that. Boom!
In four events this season, the world No. 6 has finished no worse than T17. The 27-year-old Schauffele ranks 69th in driving distance (303.7), 40th in eagles per home (96.0) and a stupendous sixth in birdie average (4.94) and is just off the lead heading into Friday.
The 30-year-old San Antonio native and world No. 11 has three finishes inside the top 13 in three events played this season. Reed finished T10 in the Masters in his last event and possesses the talent to beat anyone on the planet on any given day. Reed leads the PGA Tour in birdie average (5.42) and ranks 10th in scoring average (69.45).
The 31-year-old Georgia native played the best golf of his career last season and looks like he’ll repeat his high level of play again in 2021. In seven events this season, English has recorded four Top 10 finishes including a fourth place finish at the U.S. Open, a T5 finish in the Mayakoba Classic and a first place finish with Matt Kuchar in the QBE Shootout last month. Harris ranks a stellar seventh in birdie average (4.82) and fifth in scoring average (69.14). English is tied for first place after one round and will undoubtedly contend for the win!
In five events this season, the 23-year-old has been all over the map. The world No. 7 missed the cut at the U.S. Open and ensuing Shriners Open before finishing T12 in the CJ Cup. Morikawa then finished T50 in the Zozo Championship and T44 at the Masters. Still, this dude is supremely gifted and I suspect he wants to get his 2021 calendar year off to a good start. I like the sweet-swinging Californian to challenge for the outright win.