Sentry Tournament of Champions: Three to play in the First Round Leader market

American Keegan Bradley
Keegan Bradley can make a flyer

Dave Tindall looks at the opening round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions and has three picks to make a fast start...

"Bradley heads out in the third-last group alongside World No.1 Brooks Koepka so looks to be in a good slot."

Back Keegan Bradley each-way @ 28/1

Each-way terms: 1/4 odds, 4 places

Weather forecast for the Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii: It's going to be windy! It should blow at around 25mph all day so there's no let-up for anyone over all 18 holes. Wind direction is important and we should see the usual ENE tradewinds which prevail 80% of the time on Maui.

Strategy: The 34-man field heads out in two-balls from 10:00 local time (Cameron Champ, Satoshi Kodaira) to 12:40 (Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson). The last four R1 leaders all went off in one of the final five groups so a later start has been an advantage despite the relatively narrow gap in tee-times.

Bradley to enjoy return to Kapalua

Keegan Bradley hasn't played this event for six years but on his last visit in 2013 the American took fourth place.

That followed T16 on debut a year earlier when he fired a closing 65 (8-under).

Bradley has had some difficult years recently but really shot back up the world rankings (now 30th) with a hot finish to 2018. His run included a victory at the BMW Championship which secured his return here and T6 at the WGC-HSBC Champions.

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The 2011 USPGA winner had impressive Scrambling and Putting Average figures in his final few events and those are key skills this week.

Bradley heads out in the third-last group alongside World No.1 Brooks Koepka so looks to be in a good slot.

Last season on the PGA Tour he finished 22nd in Round 1 Scoring Average and, overall, he did his best work on day one.

Take him at 28/1.

Bryson can start fast

Bryson DeChambeau won three times in his final five starts on the PGA Tour in 2018 so it's unlikely the calendar ticking over from 2018 to 2019 will suddenly cause a halt in momentum.

The American's final win in that run came in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas when he opened with a 66 to sit in the top five after round one.

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The same score gave him a piece of the lead in late July's European Open while there was another notable R1 score less than a month ago.

That came when he teamed up with Kevin Na to fire a 59 on day one of the 12-team QBE Shootout. Okay, that may not sound much but it showed he was still shooting low numbers as recently as December.

DeChambeau didn't do much on his course debut here last year but most players need one look and, quite simply, there wasn't a hotter golf on the planet in the final four months of 2018 as he rose all the way up to World No.5.

He heads out in the final group so take the industry-best 16/1.

Simpson set to shine early again

Webb Simpson has finished third in two of his three starts in this event.

Over the opening 18 holes, he's done even better, firing a 68 to lie second after R1 in 2012 and holding the first-round lead with a 66 in 2014.

The former US Open champ was also the pacesetter on day one of the 2015 Sony Open when shooting a 62 so he loves a fast start in Hawaii!

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More recently, Simpson topped the leaderboard after Thursday's action three times in 2018 - the Honda Classic, The Players Championship (which he won) and the Greenbrier Classic after rounds of 66, 66 and 61 respectively.

Again, he has a later tee-time, pegging it up with good friend Bubba Watson in the fourth last group out.

Have some 22/1 that he secures another R1 lead.

Dave's 2019 R1 leader P/L (based on £5 ew per selection)

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