Sentry Tournament of Champions Golf Tournament on the PGA Tour

Jordan Spieth celebrates with the trophy after winning the final round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club on January 10, 2016
Jordan Spieth received a lei and the trophy after winning the PGA Tour's Tournament of Champions in 2016. Tom Pennington/Getty Images

This tournament became known as the Sentry Tournament of Champions beginning in 2018, when Sentry took over from SBS as the title sponsor. Before that, Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz had been title sponsors.

This tournament is the first event of the calendar year on the PGA Tour and is open only to golfers who won a tour event during the preceding season. That means the field is usually only around 35 or so golfers, but if any player drops out, that golfer is not replaced in the field.

2018 Sentry Tournament of Champions
It was a runaway victory for Dustin Johnson. Johnson won four PGA Tour tournaments during the 2016-17 season, and picked right up with another win to open 2018. He scored 66-65 on the weekend to finish at 24-under 268, eight strokes ahead of runner-up Jon Rahm. It was Johnson's 17th career PGA Tour win.

2017 SBS Tournament of Champions
Justin Thomas birdied the final two holes to claim a three-stroke victory over Hideki Matsuyama. It was Thomas' third career PGA Tour victory and his second of the 2016-17 season. Thomas opened with three consecutive rounds of 67 before closing with a 69. He finished at 22-under 270.

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Tournament Records at the Tournament of Champions

  • Overall: 261 - Ernie Els, 2003
  • Tournament course record: 62 - K.J. Choi, 2002; Graeme McDowell, 2011
  • Wins: 5 - Jack Nicklaus

Sentry Tournament of Champions Golf Course

The PGA Tour Sentry Tournament of Champions is played on The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort in Kapalua, Hawaii, a course the tournament moved to in 1999.

From 1953-68, this tournament was played in Las Vegas, Nev., first at the Desert Inn Country Club, then at Stardust Country Club. In 1969, the tournament moved to La Costa Country Club in Carlsbad, Calif., and was played there every year through 1998, before moving to Hawaii.

Tournament of Champions Trivia and Notes

  • The tournament dates to 1953, with Al Besselink as the first champion. Until 1993, "Tournament of Champions" was always part of the event name. The event name then floated among several title sponsors, until, with the 2011 tournament, "Tournament of Champions" was restored to the event title.
  • Jack Nicklaus holds the record with five wins in this event. The Golden Bear won in 1963, 1964, 1971, 1973 and 1977.
  • Two golfers have won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions three consecutive years: Gene Littler (1955-57) and Stuart Appleby (2004-06). Two others won the tournament three times total: Arnold Palmer (1962, 1965-66) and Tom Watson (1979, 1980, 1984).
  • Both of Tiger Woods' victories have come in playoffs. In 1997, Woods and Tom Lehman had to return in very bad weather to finish the weather-shortened tournament. Woods nearly holed his tee shot, and the playoff was over almost as soon as it began. In 2000, Woods and Ernie Els staged a memorable duel before Woods won the playoff.
  • At the 2016 tournament, Jordan Spieth became just the second golfer in tour history to finish a 72-hole tournament at 30-under or lower.

Winners of the PGA Tour's Tournament of Champions

(Changes in the tournaments name are noted; p-playoff; w-weather shortened.)

SBS Tournament of Champions
2018 - Dustin Johnson, 268
2017 - Justin Thomas, 270

Hyundai Tournament of Champions
2016 - Jordan Spieth, 262
2015 - Patrick Reed-p, 271
2014 - Zach Johnson, 273
2013 - Dustin Johnson-w, 203
2012 - Steve Stricker, 269
2011 - Jonathan Byrd, 268

SBS Championship
2010 - Geoff Ogilvy, 270

Mercedes-Benz Championship
2009 - Geoff Ogilvy, 268
2008 - Daniel Chopra, 274
2007 - Vijay Singh, 278

Mercedes Championships
2006 - Stuart Appleby-p, 284
2005 - Stuart Appleby, 271
2004 - Stuart Appleby, 270
2003 - Ernie Els, 261
2002 - Sergio Garcia-p, 274
2001 - Jim Furyk, 274
2000 - Tiger Woods-p, 276
1999 - David Duval, 266
1998 - Phil Mickelson, 271
1997 - Tiger Woods-pw, 202
1996 - Mark O'Meara, 271
1995 - Steve Elkington-p, 278
1994 - Phil Mickelson-p, 276

Infiniti Tournament of Champions
1993 - Davis Love III, 272
1992 - Steve Elkington-p, 279
1991 - Tom Kite, 272

MONY Tournament of Champions
1990 - Paul Azinger, 272
1989 - Steve Jones, 279
1988 - Steve Pate-w, 202
1987 - Mac O'Grady, 278
1986 - Calvin Peete, 267
1985 - Tom Kite, 275
1984 - Tom Watson, 274
1983 - Lanny Wadkins, 280
1982 - Lanny Wadkins, 280
1981 - Lee Trevino, 273
1980 - Tom Watson, 276
1979 - Tom Watson, 275
1978 - Gary Player, 281
1977 - Jack Nicklaus-p, 281
1976 - Don January, 277
1975 - Al Geiberger-p, 277

Tournament of Champions
1974 - Johnny Miller, 280
1973 - Jack Nicklaus, 276
1972 - Bobby Mitchell-p, 280
1971 - Jack Nicklaus, 279
1970 - Frank Beard, 273
1969 - Gary Player, 284
1968 - Don January, 276
1967 - Frank Beard, 278
1966 - Arnold Palmer-p, 283
1965 - Arnold Palmer, 277
1964 - Jack Nicklaus, 279
1963 - Jack Nicklaus, 273
1962 - Arnold Palmer, 276
1961 - Sam Snead, 273
1960 - Jerry Barber, 268
1959 - Mike Souchak, 281
1958 - Stan Leonard, 275
1957 - Gene Littler, 285
1956 - Gene Littler, 281
1955 - Gene Littler, 290
1954 - Art Wall, 278
1953 - Al Besselink, 280