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2017 SBS Tournament of Champions Predictions

Who will win the 2017 SBS Tournament of Champions in Kapalua? This PGA Tour event features winners from the past year. Our research staff offers predictions and analysis for this prestigious golf event. The 2017 SBS Tournament of Champions is scheduled for January 5-8.

🎴TV Schedule

First Round - Golf Channel (6 PM ET - Live)
Second Round - Golf Channel (6 PM ET - Live)
Third Round - Golf Channel (6 PM ET - Live)
Final Round - Golf Channel (5 PM ET - Live)

🏌JScore Analysis

Hideki Matsuyama
Participation: Confirmed by Japanese media
JScore: 8
Pros
• Won four of his last five tournaments worldwide.
• Best result in Kapalua is T3 (2015).
• Among the best tee-to-green players.
• No. 1 in putting average this season via PGATour.com
Cons
• Three-week layoff.

Jordan Spieth
Participation: Confirmed by his official website
JScore: 7
Pros
• Defending champion. Won last year's event by 8 strokes.
• New irons.
• Played well at the end of 2016.
• This event has been kind to defending champions.
Cons
• Iron game may still be a liability.
• Three-week layoff.

Jason Day
Participation: Confirmed by TOC Facebook account
JScore: 6
Pros
• Top ranked player in the world.
• Best result in Kapalua is T3 (2015).
• An all-round player.
Cons
• First tournament back from injuries. Missed 3+ months.

Patrick Reed
Participation: Confirmed by his official website
JScore: 5
Pros
• A win (2015) and a runner-up finish (2016) at this event.
• Above average length off the tee. Good putter.
• Prodigious winner (5 PGA Tour victories in 5 full seasons).
• A long layoff should help to ease fatigue from an emotional Ryder Cup.
Cons
• Has not played well since the Ryder Cup.
• Can be inconsistent at times.

🔖Predictions

🏆Winner: Hideki Matsuyama. Two years ago in Kapalua, Matsuyama's stellar tee-to-green game propelled him to a share of the lead after 54 holes. His effort would come undone in the final round by an anemic putting performance. He had numerous birdie opportunities in the final back nine but could not convert. Matsuyama ultimately finished T3, missing the playoff by one shot. Indeed, poor putting has been the one thing holding the Japanese sensation from becoming one of the top players in the world. His missed chances include last year's Masters (where he was only two shots behind after 54 holes), Players Championship (where he played in the final group on Sunday) and the PGA Championship (where even the commentators lamented what could have been).

However, Hideki seems to have finally found an antidote for his poor putting. A tip from Hiroshi Iwata has resulted in a dramatically improved putting game. Not coincidentally, he has won four of his five worldwide starts. His three-week layoff will raise concerns about the effect it will have on his game. But knowing how hard Matsuyama works (leaving burn marks on every practice green), I doubt he will be rusty come January 5th.

💳Top 10 Finish: Russell Knox. The Scot is one of the most consistent and most improved players on the PGA Tour. His marvelous short game and putting put him the league of Jordan Spieth and Brandt Snedeker. In his three official starts on the PGA Tour this season, he finished no worse than 10th including a solo third at the OHL Classic. Although his Kapalua debut last year was one to forget, he is a much better player now than last year. Length off the tee is his main weakness, but the fairways in Kapalua are wide enough to not pose a problem for him.

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