Starts: 7th January 2021
Course: Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort
Length: 7,596 yards
Defending Champion: Justin Thomas
Overall Profit/Loss: -6.12pts
Pre-Event Bets: -4.12pts
1.5pts EW Hideki Matsuyama (1/5 1-6) - 50/1 @ William Hill
1pt EW Daniel Berger (1/5 1-6) - 28/1 @ Betfair
1pt EW Collin Morikawa (1/5 1-6) - 28/1 @ Skybet
0.5pts EW Adam Scott (1/5 1-6) - 50/1 @ Betfred
0.5pts EW Way Martin Laird FRL (1/4 1-5) - 80/1 @ Betfred
0.5pts EWRobert Streb FRL (1/4 1-5) - 80/1 @ Betfred
In-Play Bets: -2pts
8 January 2021 (-2 Pts)
0.5pts Each Way Robert Streb (1/5 1,2,3,4,5) - 80/1 @ Skybet
0.5pts Each Way Nick Taylor (1/5 1,2,3,4,5) - 100/1 @ Skybet
9 January 2021 (-2 Pts)
1pt Brendon Todd Bogey Free Round - 7/1@ Skybet
1pt Martin Laird Bogey Free Round - 11/1@ Skybet
10 January 2021 (+2 Pts)
2pts Sungjae Im Top 5 Finish 2/1 @ 888 Sport
Course Notes 2021
Fall Momentum - You often hear many players speaking of "carrying momentum from the fall" into the new year. Harris English was the latest example with form figures of 5-6-28-6 to end the year. Niemann, Thomas and Palmer also finished 2020 strongly.
Hero World Challenge - It wasn't played in 2020 but previous years have shown players who challenge there in December tend to do well at Kapalua.
Bogey Free Rounds - When the wind is down, the course doesn't offer much defence. Winds were forecasted at 20mph but not enough to slow down the scoring until the last day. 67 or less is required to keep pace which puts emphasis on strong putting.
Player Notes 2021
Harris English - Q. You've only been here once before. Did you see a 65 coming when you woke up this morning? HARRIS ENGLISH: I mean, I've watched this tournament a lot. I mean, that's the, I guess the thing of coming here once and not being here for seven years is you really miss it and you really are gunning to get back here. So I watched this tournament every single year, so I kind of know how these shots play. I know how to play this course and I saw some low scores last year. I mean, you drive the ball well out here, you're going to have a lot of short irons, a lot of wedges, and you just got to get your putting dialled in.
Ryan Palmer - Q. This would seem to be a difficult golf course to feel comfortable on given all the possibilities and the winds that could pick up. But for the way you flight the golf ball and the creativity you need to play this golf course, do you feel comfortable here? RYAN PALMER: Yeah, there's a lot of shots I had to hit some flighted wedges and little choke-down shot I've got to hit and I'm able to flight the ball real easy. So winds were up and down but nothing really severe. But I was able to take control of my ball flight and I hit a lot of close ones on the back nine.
Nick Taylor - Q. Back to the golf course, we were expecting the winds to die down even more than they were today, how does it change how this golf course plays if there isn't the traditional 20 mile an hour, 30 mile an hour winds like were you talking about? NICK TAYLOR: Yeah, some holes will play longer, some will play shorter, it -- obviously, it makes it more of a second shot golf course, you got to attack from where you are. With most of the par-5s being gettable, 14's a hole you want to try to take advantage of as well. So it's a second shot golf course and then from there the greens are soft and they're not as speedy I think as they normally are, so you can make some putts and be a little more aggressive I think than normal.