2017 SBS Tournament of Champions Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

Oh, hello 2017.  It’s good to be back folks!  I love me some golf, but the fall PGA Tour season needs to go, as this week is the “real” kickoff of the PGA Tour season in my book.

This week is the SBS Tournament of Champions at Kapalua.  You may know it by the old name of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, or if you’re like me and have been following the game for decades you still may think of it as the Mercedes Championships, but it’s a new year and a new sponsor, so SBS Tournament of Champions it is.

The host venue is The Plantation Course at Kapaula Resort, which is Hawaiian for ginormous fairways and beautiful vistas.  Ok, I made that up, but seriously, this course has some of the widest fairways on Tour and some incredible views of the surrounding Pacific Ocean.  Also of note is that it’s the only par 73 on Tour, which tips out at 7,452 yards.  Oh yeah, and did I mention the prime time television factor with the Hawaii time change?  As Bart Scott once famously said, “Can’t wait.”

Now, let’s hop into some picks:

LOCKZILLA

Jason Day
Jason Day
– Mr OWGR #1 is now the new face of Nike Golf Apparel and is poised for another rip-roaring season on the PGA Tour.  Don’t fear the back-to-back WDs to close the FedEx Cup Playoffs, Day was simply just burnt out and run down at that point.  After 3 full months off from tournament play, he’s as fresh as can be and ready to light up the scoreboard at the Kapalua Plantation course where he’s never finished worse than t-10th in 3 trips.  Top 5 finish for Day coming our way this week, book it.

SEMI-FLIER

Jimmy Walker
Jimmy Walker
– The soon-to-be 38-year-old recent major winner is unquestionably one of the most inconsistent players on Tour, but now that it’s West Coast Swing time, it’s time to hop back aboard.  Jimmy gave the tourney away here 2 years ago to fellow Ryder Cupper Patrick Reed, ultimately finishing 2nd, and notched a t-10th here last year.  So, with that solid recency here along with his knack for playing well early in the season, I’m all over some Jimmy this week.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST

Billy Hurley III
Billy Hurley III
– Quite the story it was when Billy burst through into the winner’s circle at last year’s Quicken Loans National, which gave him the invite into the field this week.  Since then though, to no one’s surprise, he’s turned back into Billy Hurley III, as he has just one top 10 (t-8th at the Deutsche Bank Championship in September).  Billy should be in for a nice week of enjoying the views and his time in the Aloha State, but stay away from him for fantasy purposes.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK

Jason Dufner
Jason Dufner
– The Duf is back!  In Hawaii that is.  This is Duf’s first appearance here since 2014, when he finished solo 5th.  One of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour ball-striking-wise, Duf hasn’t missed a cut on the PGA Tour since the Masters and in fact only missed 2 cuts in all of 2016 on Tour.  The Duf decided to take the entire fall season off this year, so he comes in mighty fresh, lately only making news by tweeting heavily about college football and basketball games (see his tweet about Duke’s Grayson Allen getting suspended- hilarious).  LOVE me some Duf to kickoff 2017 on the right foot.

#isitThursdayyet

Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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