Hyundai Tournament of Champions: Five each-way bets for the first PGA Tour event of 2014

Ace putter Russell Henley can go well this week, according to Dan Geraghty

Another year of golf begins on Friday in Hawaii where 30 of the PGA Tour's finest do battle in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. An excited BB golf team are back for the new year with their each-way selections...  

"Steven Rawlings has trawled through the stats and with driving accuracy of little importance, a good week with the flatstick takes on increased significance. Henley was ranked third in total putting on tour last year and his Sony Open performance shows he's clearly comfortable on Bermuda grass and capable of going very low."

Steve Rawlings says: Back Chris Kirk @ 26.025/1 
The case for backing Chris Kirk this week just keeps getting stronger. As highlighted in my event preview, Kirk ticks a lot of boxes this week and now that he's been paired to play with fellow Sea Island resident and good friend, Harris English, the chances of him getting 2014 off to the best possible start have been bettered still. Playing with someone you're comfortable with has to be a positive and although he's shortened up in price as the week's wore on, at 25/1, Kirk is still reasonably priced.


Paul Krishnamurty says: Back Jimmy Walker @ 34.033/1
Apart from the disadvantage of being one of several course debutants at Kapalua, Jimmy Walker has a lot going for him this week. He's extremely long off the tee and, typically of Texan players, proficient in the wind - the perfect combination for this famously wide-open layout. Walker also finished 2013 strongly, landing a long overdue breakthrough success at the Frys.com Open and has a notably impressive early season record.


Dan Geraghty says: Back Russell Henley @ 46.045/1 
Russell Henley started his rookie season with a bang last year in Hawaii, and can make a fast start to 2014 in the Aloha State. Henley putted like a man possessed during that fateful week at the Sony Open 2013, shooting three rounds of 63 on his way to victory. Steven Rawlings has trawled through the stats and with driving accuracy of little importance, a good week with the flatstick takes on increased significance. Henley was ranked third in total putting on tour last year and his Sony Open performance shows he's clearly comfortable on Bermuda grass and capable of going very low.


Joe Dyer says: Back Ryan Moore @ 23.022/1 
Ryan Moore ticks enough boxes to warrant my first each-way golf bet of 2014: my man is long off the tee, absolutely dialled in with his irons and pretty handy on the greens. Moore has also played a fair amount of golf across the world during what is typically a quiet end-of-year period so should be better tuned-up than most of the field. With just 30-men at Kapalua we only need Moore to finish in the top four to get a payout but with a best finish of sixth in this event and a tournament win to his name less than two months ago, he might just go better than that. 


Mike Norman says: Back Scott Brown @ 61.060/1
I found it very difficult to look beyond the market leaders for this event, but very few of them offer any great value as an each-way selection so instead I'm going purely on a hunch pick. Scott Brown got his maiden victory at last year's Puerto Rico Open and following a few quiet months he clicked back into form as the 2013/14 season commenced, finishing third at the Frys.com Open and fourth at the McGladrey Classic.  He's been well backed on the Exchange for this event which could mean absolutely nothing.  But equally, it might mean he's taken instantly to the course during practice and/or he remains in good form. At odds of 61.060/1 I'm happy to find out.

Get a Free £/€20 Exchange Bet

  • Join Now - Open account using promo code VAL225
  • Bet - Place a £/€20 Bet on the Exchange
  • Earn We'll Refund You £/€20 If the Bet Loses

T&Cs apply.

Discover the latest articles