2014 Hyundai Tournament Of Champions - Odds, Picks + Tee Times

The 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions finds itself in a new role this year on the PGA Tour; it's not the first event of the season. While it is the first PGA Tour event in 2014, the season actually got underway in the first part of October as part of a new expansion of the FedEx Cup tournaments. This field will still be limited to champions of events from the previous PGA Tour season however.

The Plantation Course at Kapalua in Maui, Hawaii will be a familiar site to those who have seen this tournament in the past. There isn't a golf course on the PGA Tour like it, with some of the most breath-taking scenery in golf. The typical windy conditions can make for quite a difficult time on the Plantation Course though, which can really dictate how the tournament goes.

Coverage of the 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions will begin with first-round action on Friday January 3rd, and end on Monday January 6th. Golf Channel will air live coverage of this in prime time across most of the United States.

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Kapalua Golf Club, Honolulu, Hawaii

Those looking for truly exotic and breathtakingly beautiful golfing destinations need look no further than to the beautiful island community of Maui, Hawaii—home to the famed Plantation Course at Kapalua. Designed by veteran golf course architects Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, the course is a feast for the eyes, offering a number of one-of-a-kind ocean views.

While novice players will no doubt enjoy this scenery, true veterans will be more enticed by the many challenges that are unique to this course. The Plantation Course at Kapalua is primarily defined by its radical shifts in elevation; there are some steep uphill climbs, followed by some deceptively challenging downhill descents. Most noteworthy of all is the finishing hole, a par-5 that asks players to drive 663 yards downhill—a uniquely vexing hole that truly requires players to act with strategy and finesse.

Home to the next Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the Plantation course was built in 1991.

Vegas Odds For 2014 Tournament Of Champions

The official betting lines to win the 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions was released on Tuesday amidst all the New Year's Eve festivities. They were easy to overlook but don't shy away from these as there is some fantastic value to be had in this exclusive field. Even though Tiger isn't in the field to drive the odds up for other golfers, the quality of names at the top of the list are enough to see players like Jimmy Walker + Billy Horschel down in the middle of the pack... pays around $30 for every dollar risked!

Hyundai Tournament of Champions Betting Lines - odds found at Bovada on 12/31/2013

Top-5 Favorites To Win Tourney of Champions

Adam Scott 11/2 (+550) - Scott had his coming out party again in 2013. After years of not winning a Major and coming so close, he finally got it done. But if you ask Scott about the more important victory in 2013, he might say The Barclays at the end of the season. Up until that point, Scott had only the Masters win. After winning the Grand Slam of Golf and the World Cup of Golf with teammate Jason Day, Scott looks to get off to a fast start. At 11/2 this week, he is the leader in the clubhouse prior to the first round.

Dustin Johnson 15/2 (+750) - Johnson is the defending champion at Kapalua this week. The golf course sets up perfectly for a player like Johnson. He is one of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour, and relatively speaking the fairways are wide. But Johnson will tell you that the key to winning last year was putting in the tough winds that Hawaii produces. A 15/2 payout on a defending champion is pretty good here as it pays $7.50 profit for every $1 risked.

Matt Kuchar 8/1 (+800) - Kuchar is at the level where he is always a favorite in every tournament he enters. It's not a surprise that he is right up there in the top-three, at 8/1. Kuchar is an incredibly straight hitter of the golf ball, but it's the low ball flight that might be the best aspect of his game this week. It's hard to predict the weather in Hawaii, but low-ball hitters typically find more success.

Webb Simpson 9/1 (+900) - Simpson already has a win on the 2013-14 season. He captured the Shriners Open in October to get off to a fast start. In fact, in both of the events he played he finished in the top-10. Simpson will look to build on his fourth-place standing in the current FedEx Cup rankings. He could easily be the leader by the end of the week.

Zach Johnson 12/1 (+1200) - Not to sound like a broken record, but Johnson is a perfect low-ball hitter for this golf course. He is a great ball striker and can pick his spots throughout Kapalua to get the correct angles into the green. Johnson won the World Challenge a few weeks back with that remarkable hole out on the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Tiger Woods, which Johnson won. A 12/1 payout for Johnson is a solid margin of profit and could be the best of the top-five favorites.

Free Picks For 2014 Tournament Of Champions

Pick To Win Tournament - There are many good players to pick, but at the end of the day Zach Johnson is the player to get it done. Johnson has all the right tools to produce low scores at Kapalua. The 12 to 1 payout is also appealing here. It's more than twice what a wager on Adam Scott would fetch. This is something that should be taken into account as well when betting on golf. The limited field this week lowers payouts, but in Johnson's case it's still a nice line.

Darkhorse Value Bet - At 22/1, Jordan Spieth might be worth taking a risk. Spieth was arguably the fastest rising star in 2013. Big things are expected for him in 2014. Why not pick him right out of the gate to start fast? Don't be surprised to see Spieth flirting with the lead in the final round. He's got the distance, short game + the mental game.

2013 Hyundai Tournament Of Champions

Dustin Johnson has the game suited for success at Kapalua, and that came to show through in the 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Johnson tamed the wild Hawaiian weather and the length of the golf course to get an early victory in 2013. Johnson is one of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour, so the 7,400-yard layout suits a player that can bomb it down the fairways.

Weather was the big storyline in 2013, which forced a Tuesday finish. Players only got through 54 holes, as the final round had to be canceled due to the schedule of the next event starting the day after. Within those three rounds, Johnson scored in the 60s each time. That was led by a second-round 66 that put him in great position going into the final day. Johnson cruised to a four-stroke win over Steve Stricker, and six ahead of Brandt Snedeker.

2013 Hyundai Tournament Of Champions - Leaderboard

  1. Dustin Johnson -16 (203)
  2. Steve Stricker -12 (207)
  3. Brandt Snedeker -10 (209)
  4. Bubba Watson -9 (210)
  5. Keegan Bradley -9 (210)