Schauffele has the mettle to win PGA Tournament of Champions

January 4, 2022 06:30 PM

While the 2021-2022 wraparound season is well underway, the PGA Tour kicks off 2022 with its usual two tournaments in Hawaii. 

The first of those two events is the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, with 38 PGA Tour winners plus Olympic gold medalist Xander Schauffele (12-1), who won the TOC in 2019. Rory McIlroy is skipping the 2022 opener. 

World No. 1 Jon Rahm and two-time Kapalua winner Justin Thomas (2017, 2020) are co-favorites at 8-1. 

Collin Morikawa (10-1) begins 2022 as arguably the hottest player in the game, with three wins in 2021 including the Open Championship, his second career major. Morikawa also became the first American to win the Race to Dubai on the European tour (now known as the DP World Tour) in November. 

Bryson DeChambeau, Viktor Hovland and Schauffele are next in the betting market at 12-1. 

Patrick Cantlay, the 2020-2021 PGA Tour Player of the Year and FedEx Cup champion, makes his 2022 debut at 16-1. Sam Burns (18-1) began 2021 ranked No. 154 in the world but begins 2022 ranked 10th, thanks to two PGA Tour victories, two runners-up, two third-place finishes and three other top 10s. Harris English is the defending champion at 35-1, and 2021 PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson returns to Kapalua after a 21-year absence at 125-1. 

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