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2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions odds, predictions: Golf insider breaks down PGA Tour field, reveals surprising picks

Consummate golf stats expert Sal Johnson showed an uncanny knack for picking long shots last year and he knows just what it takes at Kapalua
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The PGA Tour's top players get back to work on Thursday when an elite field tees off at the 2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions. William Hill Sportsbook lists Dustin Johnson as the favorite at 6-1 in the latest 2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions odds. Before you lock in any 2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions picks, you NEED to see who Sal Johnson is backing.

A media legend and consummate golf insider, Johnson has a strong feel for what it takes to win on the Plantation Course. Before last year's event, he tabbed Thomas as one of his top contenders. The result? The former FedEx Cup Champion went 14 under par and outlasted Patrick Reed and Xander Schauffele to win a three-man playoff.

Johnson was spot-on all last season. He was all over Dustin Johnson at the 2020 Masters, calling him a "man with a purpose" and proclaiming he would be nearly impossible to beat. The result? Johnson simply shot the lowest score in event history at 20 under to win by five strokes.

Earlier in the season, he pegged Sungjae Im as a top contender before his first Tour win at the Honda Classic in March and touted surging Tyrrell Hatton before his breakthrough at the Arnold Palmer the following week.

At the St. Jude Invitational, he said 100-1 longshot Phil Mickelson would contend, and the 50-year-old tied for second. And before their epic duel at Olympia Fields, the stats expert had Rahm and Johnson listed as his top two golfers.

Now Johnson, the first producer of "Inside the PGA Tour," a longtime ABC Sports golf producer who worked with Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman, and the founder of the world's top golf stats database, has released his highly confident 2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions picks, and they will surprise you.

We can tell you Johnson is fading Rahm, even though the Spaniard has finished in the top 10 at Kapalua three times! Johnson knows that a transition to new clubs usually leads to bumps in the road. The golf insider knows this might not be the best week to back the former World No. 1.     

Instead, Johnson is expecting big things from a massive long shot! This young player showed last year in Maui that he has the skills to be a contender on the Plantation Course. Anyone who backs this underdog could cash in BIG!

Who wins the 2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions? Where do Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed finish? And which MONSTER long shot is a MUST-BACK? ... Join SportsLine now to see Sal Johnson's full leaderboard and picks for the Sentry Tournament of Champions, all from the insider who knows his way around Kapalua!

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