Masters champion Dustin Johnson is among the elite players who return to action to kick off the 2021 portion of the PGA Tour schedule in the 2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions, which tees off Thursday on Kapalua's Plantation Course in Maui.
William Hill Sportsbook lists Johnson as the favorite at 6-1 in its 2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions odds. Other 2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions contenders to watch include Justin Thomas (13-2), Jon Rahm (15-2), Bryson DeChambeau (10-1) and Xander Schauffele (10-1).
Before setting your Fantasy golf lineups or betting this tournament, you NEED to see data scientist Rick Gehman's power rankings.
With his expansive database of golf statistics, course data and betting odds, Gehman creates advanced models and back-tests them constantly. These models have produced 11 outright winners in the past year -- including 30-1 Webb Simpson at the 2020 RBC Heritage.
At the Masters, Gehman was locked in on Johnson, listing him as his second choice and noting that he "looked like he's ready to make a run at the green jacket." The result? Johnson ran away with the tournament, shooting the lowest score in event history at 20 under to win by five strokes!
Two other golfers in his top six had top-five finishes, with Justin Thomas finishing fourth and Rory McIlroy tying for fifth. Anyone who followed Gehman's advice cashed in!
The previous week at the Houston Open, Gehman listed Johnson and Tyrrell Hatton as his top two players, and both finished in the top seven. Johnson battled for the lead throughout the final round before settling for a tie for second at 11 under, while Hatton shot a final-round 65 to finish 7 under.
Now, Gehman has ranked his top 30 players for the 2020 Sentry Tournament of Champions, and he is expecting a huge week from DeChambeau. The U.S. Open champion hits it farther than any player on Tour, and Kapalua boasts the widest fairways the players will see all year. He'll be able to grip it and rip it and could start 2021 with an emphatic statement.
On the other hand, Gehman is fading Tony Finau, who hovers around the top of the leader board regularly and gets credit from oddsmakers but has only one career win to show for his efforts. Until he proves he can really contend, Gehman isn't sold, and he barely cracks Gehman's top 20.
Instead, Gehman is promoting a 35-1 long shot who finished last season on a tear and can make birdies in bunches. The Plantation Course yields very low scores, and with four guaranteed rounds, this young American should rack them up. He could find himself hoisting his first Tour trophy when this event wraps up! You ABSOLUTELY need to see who it is before betting this tournament or entering any Fantasy golf lineups.
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