This week begins the 2021 calendar year on the PGA Tour with the Sentry Tournament of Champions as the customary opener at Kapalua in Maui, Hawaii. As the event’s title indicates, this is a tournament consisting of PGA Tour winners over the last calendar year. This year there will be additional players (those that reached the Tour Championship but did not win an event last season) participating because of 11 PGA Tour events being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eight of the Official World Golf Ranking top 10 are in Maui this week, including World No. 1 Dustin Johnson (6-1), who has two victories in this event (2013, 2018) and is fresh off his Masters victory in November. Defending champion Justin Thomas, the World No. 3, is also a two-time winner (2017, 2020) at Kapalua and shares an 8-1 tag with World No. 2 Jon Rahm, who was runner-up here three years ago and is breaking in new equipment this week as part of his new endorsement deal with Callaway.