2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions expert picks, rankings, fantasy golf and betting tips
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2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions expert picks, rankings, fantasy golf and betting tips



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We have your 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions rankings and expert picks, as we do each week of the PGA Tour season.

The PGA Tour is back to kick off the new year this week with the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua Resort's Plantation Course. It's a 34-man field, led by Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka, along with Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau. Jon Rahm, too. Lots of big boys in the field at this Coore-Crenshaw gem, which will be renovated for the 2020 event.

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2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions rankings: Top 10 picks

1. Dustin Johnson -- DJ hit what Brandel Chamblee called the greatest shot in PGA Tour history at this event last year. It's a playground for him with driver, and he can light it up.

2. Justin Thomas -- JT seems to love Coore-Crenshaw courses because their width affords him the luxury of being a little more inaccurate off the tee. This could be a big 2019 for JT.

3. Brooks Koepka -- Koepka has plenty of fire lit under him after an incredible 2018 where few people in broader sport seemed to appreciate his accomplishments. He's still improving as a player, though it'd be silly to expect him to continue on a major-per-year tear.

4. Bryson DeChambeau -- DeChambeau will apparently be debuting his master plan to putt with the flagstick in, thanks to the new golf rules. Bryson still has a ways he can climb before he gets too close too the sun.

5. Jon Rahm -- Rahm ended his year very well at the Hero World Challenge to cap off a three-win year. His driving is somewhat mitigated here by the width of the Plantation Course, but his putting should be a big asset.

6. Rory McIlroy -- This feels like a crossroads year for McIlroy (and Jordan Spieth, who's not in this field). McIlroy has said he intends to focus on the biggest events and recommit himself to the game. It all boils down to inside of 125 yards. If that improves, McIlroy hoists more trophies.

7. Jason Day -- Day was great all year, and he played a somewhat scaled-back schedule to accommodate what could be a chronic back problem. Should have another strong campaign.

8. Cameron Champ -- I think Champ could have a field day at the Plantation Course. His lack of accuracy off the tee is not a problem here, and he can dominate the course with his length.

9. Patrick Reed -- Reed is a past winner here, and he deserves to be included in the top 10, but I think his good Euro Tour finishes to end each of the last two years can be a bit confusing.

10. Xander Schauffele -- Schauffele won the WGC-HSBC Champions to get in here, and he had a super finish to 2018 from the FedEx Cup playoffs onward. This could be the year Xander takes the leap toward a major win.

My primary DraftKings lineup

  1. Dustin Johnson - $11,000
  2. Jason Day - $9,000
  3. Cameron Champ - $8,100
  4. Matt Kuchar - $7,600
  5. Billy Horschel - $7,000
  6. Ian Poulter - $6,800

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