2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions tee times, TV coverage, viewer's guide
The PGA Tour resumes its 2022-23 season this week in Hawaii with the Sentry Tournament of Champions, which celebrates its 25th year in Maui by featuring a lineup including 17 of the top 20 players in the World Ranking.
Along with tournament winners from 2022, this year's 39-player TOC field is made up of the top 30 from last season’s final FedEx Cup points list. This week's event also is the first of 17 "elevated" events on the PGA Tour in 2023, with prize money payouts of at least $15 million.
Reigning PGA Tour player of the year Scottie Scheffler has a chance to get his new year started in style at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort, as he has the opportunity to jump from World No. 2 to the No. 1 spot with a third-place finish or better.
This week also marks the return of Will Zalatoris, who has been out since withdrawing from the BMW Championship in August due to herniated discs in his back. A week before, Zalatoris had claimed his maiden PGA Tour win at the FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
Among the others making the trip to Maui this week are Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Justin Thomas, Matt Fitzpatrick, Viktor Hovland, Collin Morikawa, Tony Finau and Tom Kim.
Tony Finau hosted with the First Tee Hawaii an interactive event for junior golfers ahead of this week's Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Will this year’s Sentry TOC head to a playoff? Two of the last three editions have gone to extra holes, and last year's nearly did as well when Rahm just missed an eagle try on the 72nd hole. Cameron Smith came out on top shooting a PGA Tour-record 34-under 258 total for the week.
The winner on Sunday will receive 550 FedEx Cup points and a $2.7 million first-place prize money payout from the $15 million purse.
Golf Channel will carry live coverage on Thursday and Friday from 6-10 p.m. EST. Coverage on Saturday run from 4-6 p.m. on NBC and then 6-8 p.m. on Golf Channel.
PGA Tour Live streaming coverage takes place on ESPN+ from 2:15-6 p.m. EST on Thursday and Friday, with additional Featured Group/Hole coverage from 6-10 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, PGA Tour Live streaming coverage airs from 12:45-4 p.m. EST, with Featured Group/Hole coverage running from 4-8 p.m.
Find all live PGA Tour scoring data here.
Tee Times (All Times EST)
12:30 p.m. -- Chad Ramey, Adam Svensson
12:40 p.m. -- Keegan Bradley, Chez Reavie
12:50 p.m. -- Mackenzie Hughes, Sam Burns
1 p.m. -- Adam Scott, Billy Horschel
1:10 p.m. -- Russell Henley, Sahith Theegala
1:20 p.m. -- Viktor Hovland, Trey Mullinax
1:30 p.m. -- Sepp Straka, Cameron Young
1:45 p.m. -- Seamus Power, Corey Conners
1:55 p.m. -- Ryan Brehm, Will Zalatoris
2:05 p.m. -- Justin Thomas, Scott Stallings
2:15 p.m. -- Aaron Wise, Luke List
2:25 p.m. -- Tony Finau, Patrick Cantlay
2:35 p.m. -- Tom Hoge, J.T. Poston
2:50 p.m. -- Brian Harman, Jordan Spieth
3 p.m. -- Hideki Matsuyama, K.H. Lee
3:10 p.m. -- Max Homa, Sungjae Im
3:20 p.m. -- Jon Rahm, Tom Kim
3:30 p.m. -- J.J. Spaun, Scottie Scheffler
3:40 p.m. -- Collin Morikawa, Matt Fitzpatrick
From Golf Digest Architecture Editor emeritus Ron Whitten: Most golf fans are familiar with Kapalua Golf Club’s Plantation Course, home of the PGA Tour's opening event each year. Located on the north shore of the Hawaiian island of Maui, the Plantation was built from open, windswept pineapple fields on the pronounced slope of a volcano and is irrigated by sprinklers pressured solely by gravity. As the first design collaboration by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, it unveiled their joint admiration for old-style courses. The blind drive on the fourth, the cut-the-corner drives on the fifth and sixth are all based on tee shots found at National Golf Links. So, too, are its punchbowl green and strings of diagonal bunkers. It's also a massive course, built on a huge scale, Coore says, to accommodate the wind and the slope and the fact that it gets mostly resort play. So it's a big course.
But what sets it apart in my mind are the little things. When I played the course years ago with Coore, it took only one hole for me to appreciate one of its subtleties. We were on the tee of the par-3 second, an OK hole but nothing riveting, nothing like the canyon-carry par-3 eighth or the ocean-backdropped par-3 11th. The second sits on a rare flat portion of the property. The green sits at a diagonal, angling left to right, and there's a string of bunkers staggering up the right side of the green. I suppose a lot of present-day architects would not have placed that forwardmost bunker on the hole, in the interests of playability for high-handicap resort golfers. But most of the old-time architects probably would have used such carry bunkers, especially in the days before irrigation, when greens were hard as a rock and every approach shot had to be bounced aboard. Another reason why studying the history of architecture might just help your score.