PGA Tour: Collin Morikawa to battle with Jon Rahm for world No 1 at Sentry Tournament of Champions | Golf News

Eight of the top ten in the world in action for the first event of the PGA Tour of 2022, open only to winners from the previous calendar year; Morikawa can overtake Rahm in world number 1 – watch live from Thursday on Sky Sports Golf

Last updated: 04/01/22 6:57


Collin Morikawa and Jon Rahm are both in action at the Sentry Tournament of Champions

The 2022 golf calendar kicks off this week on the PGA Tour at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, with Jon Rahm arriving in Hawaii with his world number one status in peril.

Rahm has held top spot since finishing third at the July Open, a month after scoring a first big win at the US Open, with the Spaniard recording 13 top ten out of 21 starts during a stellar 2021.

The 27-year-old’s eventful year saw him retire from Memorial due to Covid-19 when he had a six-shot lead, the first of two coronavirus positive results over the course of the season, with Rahm also top scorer for Europe in a record – breaking the Ryder Cup defeat and becoming a father for the first time.

Rahm currently has a 0.71 lead over Morikawa at the top of the world rankings

Rahm currently has a 0.71 lead over Morikawa at the top of the world rankings

Rahm took a break from sport after a missed cut at the Andalucia Masters in October and missed the rest of the DP World Tour season, admitting he “didn’t want to see a golf club” which allowed Morikawa to bridge the gap. on spot n. 1 in the world towards the new year.

Morikawa followed his WGC-Workday Championship and Open wins by winning the DP World Tour Championship in November, which saw him become the first American winner of the Order of Merit, although he wasted a chance to claim first place at the world to the World Hero Challenge.

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The 24-year-old took a five-shot lead in the final round of the event hosted by Tiger Woods last month, where a win would have seen him overrun Rahm, only to vanish into a fifth after a final 76.

Morikawa will have another opportunity to take first place this week in Hawaii, where the field is limited to winners of the previous calendar year’s PGA Tour, provided Rahm doesn’t win or finish second on his own.

Morikawa has won six tournaments in his two and a half years as a pro, including two majors

Morikawa has won six tournaments in his two and a half years as a pro, including two majors

Rahm finishing out of the top five could see Morikawa jump to number 1 in the world with a lone second this week, while Morikawa could finish up to third – depending on Rahm’s result – and continue to rise to first place for the first time in the his career.

If Morikawa were to reach number 1 in the world, he would be only the fourth player to top the rankings before age 25, after Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, while Morikawa would become the fastest player to move to number 1 after Woods are there. it took only 21 professional beginnings to gain recognition in 1997.

Who is playing in Hawaii?

A stellar field contains 38 of the 39 PGA Tour winners in 2021, along with Olympic gold medalist Xander Schauffele, with Rory McIlroy the only player eligible not to make the trip to Kapalua.

Sky Sports will once again be the home of live golf in 2022, featuring all four male majors and all five female majors along with a record amount of live action from the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour.

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Sky Sports will once again be the home of live golf in 2022, featuring all four male majors and all five female majors along with a record amount of live action from the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour.

Sky Sports will once again be the home of live golf in 2022, featuring all four male majors and all five female majors along with a record amount of live action from the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour.

McIlroy, who clinched his 20th PGA Tour title in October at the CJ Cup in Las Vegas, will start his year with two consecutive Rolex Series events on the DP World Tour later this month. The only other world top 10 player not involved is Dustin Johnson, a two-time champion in Hawaii after a winless campaign on the PGA Tour.

Harris English returns as defending champion after winning the play-off win over Joaquin Niemann in last year’s event, while Phil Mickelson – the oldest winner in history – returns to the tournament for the first time since 2001.

Harris English once twice on the PGA Tour in 2021, also winning the Travelers Championship

Harris English once twice on the PGA Tour in 2021, also winning the Travelers Championship

Other notable names in action include Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, FedExCup winner Patrick Cantlay, two-time tournament winner Justin Thomas and 2016 champion Jordan Spieth, who finished a three-and-a-half-year winless run on the PGA Tour. last season.

When is the action on Sky Sports?

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There will be more live action from the opening event of the year than ever before, with coverage of the group featured live for all four rounds of the tournament for the first time.

Coverage of the featured group begins at 8.15pm for the first three shifts and at 6.30pm on the last day, before full coverage from 11pm Thursday to Saturday and 9pm Sunday.

Watch the Sentry Tournament of Champions all week live on Sky Sports Golf!

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