The past few weeks have been full of family, food and fun as our holiday traditions started in mid December and spread right through to early January. It has been great and another of our traditions takes center stage this week: prime time golf from Hawaii.
Oh, how I have come to treasure the PGA Tour’s early start in paradise at the SBS Tournament of Champions. It’s just the fix needed for a golf starved, house bound fanatic.
I am looking forward to some gorgeous Hawaiian vistas and a bit of real golf from many of the big names in the game.
The field consists of 32 of last years PGA Tour winners including five of the top ten players in the world and they’ll be traipsing along the verdant hills of the Plantation Course at Kapalua, one of the premiers layouts in the 50th state.
Number three, Dustin Johnson, will be looking for a repeat of his Player of the Year season and start his hunt for another major.
Hideki Matsuyama, sixth in the world is an impending force not only on the PGA Tour but around the world.
Bubba Watson heads back to Kapaula as the tenth ranked player in the rankings and will be sporting a new Volvik golf ball. Rumor has it that it will be pink.
The entire fieldd accounts for 109 PGA Tour wins and eight majors including two from last season, Jimmy Walker (’16 PGA) and Johnson (’16 U.S. Open).
And six players from the victorious 2016 Ryder Cup Team will be teeing it up: Johnson, Spieth, Walker, Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker and Ryan Moore.
The field isn’t just full of hardened veterans, there are two PGA Tour rookies making their debut at Kapalua: Mackenzie Hughes who won the RSM Classic and Cody Gribble who snagged his win at the Sanderson Farms Championship.
So come tomorrow night I’ll be enjoying some beautiful, warm Hawaiian weather interspersed with a bit of top notch golf and maybe a single malt or two.
All from the comfort of my couch, well it’s not Hawaii but it’ll do.