The first PGA Tour event of the calendar year kicks off Thursday with a field reserved for champions of 39 golfers at the 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions in Maui, Hawaii. Last year’s Plantation Course event in Kapalua had a wider scope after the pandemic wiped out several tournaments. All of the golfers in the field this year have been winners in the past 12 months. That includes Xander Sc Chaudele, who hasn’t won a PGA Tour event since winning the title in Kapalua two years ago, but won gold at the Tokyo Olympics last summer. Harris English, who entered last year based on his FedEx Cup rankings, is back to defend his 2021 title. He went under 25 and won a one-hole playoff with Joaquin Niemann for his first victory since 2013.

Caesars Sportsbook lists Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas as 17-2 co-favorites in their latest Sentry 2022 Tournament of Champions odds. Collin Morikawa (10-1), Bryson DeChambeau (12-1), Viktor Hovland (14-1) and Xander Sc Chaudlele (14-1) should also be among the top contenders in the Sentry Tournament of Champions squad. Before you make any picks for the 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions or PGA Tour predictions, you need to see what proven golf insider Sal Johnson has to say.

The esteemed insider of golf has been in the golf world for many years and knows what it takes to win. Johnson has a strong track record at Kapalua, ranking the winner among his contenders for three of the past four years. This includes English, who was a surprise champion last year after entering when the pandemic changed the rules for setting up the pitch.

“He played really well last year,” Johnson said ahead of the event, noting he was tied for 11th in his only appearance in 2014. The veteran made his comeback after finishing the 2019 season. -2020 ranked 269th in the world, winning his first event in more than seven years.

Johnson also had a strong run during the fall season. Ahead of the Mayakoba event in Mexico, the expert had Viktor Hovland among his players to watch as he predicted Brooks Koepka would miss the cup.

Koepka didn’t break par and came home early, while Hovland pulled 23 under to head for a four-stroke victory.

Ahead of the Zozo Championship in Japan, Johnson beat up Hideki Matsuyama in his best bets, and he was right about the money. Matsuyama shot a 65 in the final round and won by five after being trailed by one with eight holes left on Sunday.

At the Sanderson Farms Championship, Johnson named Sam Burns as his winner. Anyone who took Johnson’s advice took a huge hit.

Now Johnson, “Inside the PGA Tour” lead producer and longtime ABC Sports golf producer who worked with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, has released his very confident picks for the 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions. choice of the founder of GOLFstats.com, the best golf statistics database in the world, will surely surprise you. You can only see the picks, top bets, and full leaderboard from Johnson’s Sentry Tournament of Champions on SportsLine.

Sentry 2022 Tournament of Champions Top Picks

In a huge surprise, the golf expert is strongly erasing FedEx Cup champion Patrick Cantlay, the world’s fourth player. The 29-year-old won his last two tournaments last season clinching the season title, shooting 48 under both events. He also contributed 3.5 points to Team USA’s Ryder Cup victory, but he hasn’t played competitively since and will be rusty. Johnson takes this for granted, especially as Cantlay rarely plays well on Bermuda grass and struggles in windy conditions. There are many other options in this loaded field.

Johnson can’t wait to see how Rahm picks up after his stellar season in 2020-21. The Spaniard rose to world No. 1 in June and finished in the top 10 in 15 of his 22 events last season. He finished in the top 10 in five consecutive majors and won his first at the US Open in September at Torrey Pines. The 27-year-old was first on tour for winning shots from the green start last season and also led on average (69.3). He was second on the Greens in regulation (71.93%) and 15th in avoidance of three putts, a critical stat for Kapalua.

Johnson also wants to see the follow-up to Morikawa, who claimed his second major British Open victory at Royal St. George’s. The 24-year-old already has six Tour wins and looks over Rahm’s shoulder like the world No.2. He has already played two Tour tournaments this season, finishing second in the CJ Cup and T-7 in the Zozo Championship. He also finished fifth in the unofficial Hero World Challenge. Morikawa is 43 under all three events and is 10th in strokes won on putting, which has been a weakness so far.

How to make golf picks for the 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions

Johnson backs up a long shot at Maui that comes in at over 20-1. This player finished the fall part of the season on a strong run, and he can make the putts that are needed to fight in Kapalua. He could score an unexpected victory in this starry realm, and you’ll want to be behind him to take the cash. You can only get Johnson’s PGA Picks and expert analysis at SportsLine.

Who wins the 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions? Where do Jon Rahm and Collin Morikawa end up? And which long-term plan is a must? Check out the odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Sal Johnson’s full standings, picks and analysis for the 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions, all from the insider who knows what it takes to win on the PGA Tour, and find out.

2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions odds, champ, top contenders

Jon Rahm 17-2
Justin thomas 17-2
Collin Morikawa 10-1
Viktor Hovland 12-1
Bryson De Chambeau 12-1
Alex ScHotele 14-1
Patrick Cantlay 16-1
Sam Burns 16-1
Daniel Berger 22-1
Brooks Koepka 22-1
Jordan Spieth 22-1
Sungjae I’m 22-1
Cameron Smith 22-1
Hideki Matsuyama 22-1
Abraham Ancer 25-1
Tony Finau 25-1
Patrick Roseau 25-1
Harris English 33-1
Jason Kokrak 35-1
Marc Leishman 35-1
Talor Gooch 35-1
Billy Horschel 55-1
Kevin Na 60-1
Si Woo Kim 66-1
Power of Seamus 66-1
Max Homa 66-1
Cameron Champion 66-1
Lucas Herbert 80-1
Erik Van Rooyen 80-1
Kevin Kisner 100-1
Joel Dahmen 100-1
Garrick Higgo 100-1
Cameron Davis 100-1
Branden’s Grace 100-1
Kyoung Hoon Lee 125-1
Matt Jones 125-1
Phil Mickelson 125-1
Lucas Glover 150-1
Stewart Cink 150-1