The Sentry Tournament of Champions is the calendar-year opening tournament of golf's PGA Tour season, played in Hawaii on the island of Maui. The tournament was founded in 1953; its field is restricted to golfers who won a tournament on the tour during the previous calendar year. From 1986 through 2013, it was the opening event of each tour season; the PGA Tour switched to its wrap-around October–September season in the fall of 2013.
|Sentry Tournament of Champions|
|Established||1953, 66 years ago|
|Length||7,518 yards (6,874 m)|
|Organized by||PGA Tour|
|Prize fund||$6.5 million|
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||261 Ernie Els (2003)|
|To par||−31* Ernie Els (2003)|
* PGA Tour record
The Sentry Tournament of Champions is held during the first week of January and, since 1999, has been played over the Plantation Course at the Kapalua Resort near Lahaina on the island of Maui in Hawaii. Unlike most PGA Tour events, it is a par 73 course.
Previous venues have been the Desert Inn Country Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, from the event's inception until 1966, and the Stardust Country Club, also in Las Vegas, in 1967 and 1968. For the following thirty years, it was played at La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California; it moved from May in 1985 to January in 1986, and relocated to Maui in 1999.
The tournament has had several title sponsors, the first being Mutual of New York (MONY) between 1975 and 1990. After three years of sponsorship by Infiniti, German car maker Mercedes-Benz began a sixteen-year association with the event and the Tournament of Champions name was dropped. In 2010 the tournament entered a new ten-year agreement with Korean broadcasting company Seoul Broadcasting System, with the tournament being renamed as the SBS Championship. Hyundai took over title sponsorship in 2011 with SBS remaining a sponsor. In 2017, SBS became title sponsor again after Hyundai took over title sponsorship of the PGA Tour event at Riviera Country Club. Sentry Insurance signed on as the event's title sponsor with a five-year agreement starting in 2018.
From 2012 to 2015, the tournament used a Friday–Monday format, joining the Deutsche Bank Championship as the only two PGA Tour events with this format. The format allowed the tournament to have its own day to finish, and not compete against the second day of the NFL Wild Card Playoff round.
While being played at LaCosta, the weekend rounds were traditionally televised by ABC Sports. However, after moving to Hawaii in 1999, the time difference was not conducive to network television. The event moved to ABC's cable partner ESPN for four-round coverage. In 2007, the event moved to four-round coverage on the Golf Channel. In 2012, NBC Sports began showing weekend play, while also producing the new Monday final round for sister network Golf Channel. In 2018, coverage went entirely to Golf Channel.
|Runner(s)-up||1st prize ($)|
|Sentry Tournament of Champions|
|2019||Xander Schauffele||United States||269||−23||1 stroke||Gary Woodland||1,300,000|
|2018||Dustin Johnson (2)||United States||268||−24||8 strokes||Jon Rahm||1,260,000|
|SBS Tournament of Champions|
|2017||Justin Thomas||United States||270||−22||3 strokes||Hideki Matsuyama||1,220,000|
|Hyundai Tournament of Champions|
|2016||Jordan Spieth||United States||262||−30||8 strokes||Patrick Reed||1,180,000|
|2015||Patrick Reed||United States||271||−21||Playoff||Jimmy Walker||1,140,000|
|2014||Zach Johnson||United States||273||−19||1 stroke||Jordan Spieth||1,140,000|
|2013||Dustin Johnson||United States||203||−16||4 strokes||Steve Stricker||1,140,000|
|2012||Steve Stricker||United States||269||−23||3 strokes||Martin Laird||1,120,000|
|2011||Jonathan Byrd||United States||268||−24||Playoff||Robert Garrigus||1,120,000|
|2010||Geoff Ogilvy (2)||Australia||270||−22||1 stroke||Rory Sabbatini||1,120,000|
|2009||Geoff Ogilvy||Australia||268||−24||6 strokes|| Anthony Kim
Davis Love III
|2008||Daniel Chopra||Sweden||274||−18||Playoff||Steve Stricker||1,100,000|
|2007||Vijay Singh||Fiji||278||−14||2 strokes||Adam Scott||1,100,000|
|2006||Stuart Appleby (3)||Australia||284||−8||Playoff||Vijay Singh||1,080,000|
|2005||Stuart Appleby (2)||Australia||271||−21||1 stroke||Jonathan Kaye||1,060,000|
|2004||Stuart Appleby||Australia||270||−22||1 stroke||Vijay Singh||1,060,000|
|2003||Ernie Els||South Africa||261||−31||8 strokes|| K. J. Choi
|2002||Sergio García||Spain||274||−18||Playoff||David Toms||720,000|
|2001||Jim Furyk||United States||274||−18||1 stroke||Rory Sabbatini||630,000|
|2000||Tiger Woods (2)||United States||276||−16||Playoff||Ernie Els||522,000|
|1999||David Duval||United States||266||−26||9 strokes|| Mark O'Meara
|1998||Phil Mickelson (2)||United States||271||−17||1 stroke|| Mark O'Meara
|1997||Tiger Woods||United States||202||−14||Playoff||Tom Lehman||216,000|
|1996||Mark O'Meara||United States||271||−17||3 strokes|| Nick Faldo
|1995||Steve Elkington (2)||Australia||278||−10||Playoff||Bruce Lietzke||180,000|
|1994||Phil Mickelson||United States||276||−12||Playoff||Fred Couples||180,000|
|Infiniti Tournament of Champions|
|1993||Davis Love III||United States||272||−16||1 stroke||Tom Kite||144,000|
|1992||Steve Elkington||Australia||279||−9||Playoff||Brad Faxon||144,000|
|1991||Tom Kite (2)||United States||272||−16||1 stroke||Lanny Wadkins||144,000|
|MONY Tournament of Champions|
|1990||Paul Azinger||United States||272||−16||1 stroke||Ian Baker-Finch||135,000|
|1989||Steve Jones||United States||279||−9||3 strokes|| David Frost
|1988||Steve Pate||United States||202||−14||1 stroke||Larry Nelson||90,000|
|1987||Mac O'Grady||United States||278||−10||1 stroke||Rick Fehr||90,000|
|1986||Calvin Peete||United States||267||−21||6 strokes||Mark O'Meara||90,000|
|1985||Tom Kite||United States||275||−13||6 strokes||Mark McCumber||72,000|
|1984||Tom Watson (3)||United States||274||−14||5 strokes||Bruce Lietzke||72,000|
|1983||Lanny Wadkins (2)||United States||280||−8||1 stroke||Raymond Floyd||72,000|
|1982||Lanny Wadkins||United States||280||−8||3 strokes|| Andy Bean
|1981||Lee Trevino||United States||273||−15||2 strokes||Raymond Floyd||54,000|
|1980||Tom Watson (2)||United States||276||−12||3 strokes||Jim Colbert||54,000|
|1979||Tom Watson||United States||275||−13||6 strokes|| Bruce Lietzke
|1978||Gary Player (2)||South Africa||281||−7||2 strokes|| Andy North
|1977||Jack Nicklaus (5)||United States||281||−7||Playoff||Bruce Lietzke||45,000|
|1976||Don January (2)||United States||277||−11||5 strokes||Hubert Green||45,000|
|1975||Al Geiberger||United States||277||−11||Playoff||Gary Player||40,000|
|Tournament of Champions|
|1974||Johnny Miller||United States||280||−8||1 stroke|| Buddy Allin
|1973||Jack Nicklaus (4)||United States||276||−12||1 stroke||Lee Trevino||40,000|
|1972||Bobby Mitchell||United States||280||−8||Playoff||Jack Nicklaus||33,000|
|1971||Jack Nicklaus (3)||United States||279||−9||8 strokes|| Bruce Devlin
|1970||Frank Beard (2)||United States||273||−15||7 strokes|| Billy Casper
|1969||Gary Player||South Africa||284||−4||2 strokes||Lee Trevino||30,000|
|1968||Don January||United States||276||−8||1 stroke||Julius Boros||30,000|
|1967||Frank Beard||United States||278||−6||1 stroke||Arnold Palmer||20,000|
|1966||Arnold Palmer (3)||United States||283||−5||Playoff||Gay Brewer||20,000|
|1965||Arnold Palmer (2)||United States||277||−11||2 strokes||Chi-Chi Rodríguez||14,000|
|1964||Jack Nicklaus (2)||United States||279||−9||2 strokes|| Al Geiberger
|1963||Jack Nicklaus||United States||273||−15||5 strokes|| Tony Lema
|1962||Arnold Palmer||United States||276||−12||1 stroke||Billy Casper||11,000|
|1961||Sam Snead||United States||273||−15||7 strokes||Tommy Bolt||10,000|
|1960||Jerry Barber||United States||268||−20||4 strokes||Jay Hebert||10,000|
|1959||Mike Souchak||United States||281||−7||2 strokes||Art Wall, Jr.||10,000|
|1958||Stan Leonard||Canada||275||−13||1 stroke||Billy Casper||10,000|
|1957||Gene Littler (3)||United States||285||−3||3 strokes|| Billy Casper
|1956||Gene Littler (2)||United States||281||−7||4 strokes||Cary Middlecoff||10,000|
|1955||Gene Littler||United States||280||−8||13 strokes|| Jerry Barber
|1954||Art Wall, Jr.||United States||278||−10||6 strokes|| Al Besselink
|1953||Al Besselink||United States||280||−8||1 stroke||Chandler Harper||10,000|
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Fifteen men have won the tournament more than once through 2019.
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