Smylie, it's almost tournament time

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The world's best descend on Kapalua

2016 ushers in the return of a marquee field to the annual Hyundai Tournament of Champions, played at breathtaking Kapalua Plantation Course.  Participation has been lacking in recent years as the world's best have chosen instead to opt for a longer vacation and later start to their season. 

This year boasts the strongest field and first time the top player in the world has played since 2005.  Top ranked Jordan Spieth is joined by Jason Day, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and defending champ, Patrick Reed, in the star-studded field of 32

Is this not vacation enough? 

18th at Kapalua

18th at Kapalua

Our hardboiled picks to click

Key stat of the week:

The past 5 winners at Kapalua have averaged an astronomically low 4.33 on par 5s.

Stud: Jason Day - DraftKings Salary: $11,800

Day has netted top 10's in his past two visits to Kapalua, averaging 4.53 on par 5s.  During lasty year's t3, he led the field in birdies and shot a blistering final round 62(-11).  Day also ranked in the top 7 on tour in both par 5 scoring average and birdie percentage in 2015.

Sleeper: Smylie Kaufman - DraftKings Salary: $7,000

Smylie is in the top 12 on tour this season in both par 5 birdie percentage and par 5 scoring average.  Kaufman has the ability to go low, as evidenced by his final round 61 at the Shriners Open in October, propelling him to his first career win on tour.  

Golf's Free Agency

With the new year signaling the end of sponsorship deals, some golfers hit the open market in search of new logos and lucrative contracts.  

Upstart club manufacturer PXG snagged 8 new tour pros, headlined by 2-time major champion Zach Johnson, 2014 FedEx cup winner Billy Horschel, LPGA star Cristie Kerr, and a host of up and coming young players.  

Nike also made a splash by adding 12 new golfers to their brand, including promising young players Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau, two of the longest hitters on tour.  

Koepka, at age 25, already has 6 professional wins and - many believe - could join the elite players in golf this year.  

The story behind PXG

Zach Johnson's defection on Monday put the spotlight on PXG (Parsons Extreme Golf), the equipment manufacturer started by former GoDaddy founder and billionaire, Bob Parsons.  

The tech mogul's love of golf and displeasure with current golf equipment led Parsons to start PXG in late 2014.  Parsons estimated that he spent nearly $350,000 on golf equipment in one year trying to find the perfect set of clubs.  Unsatisfied, the billionaire then hired two former Ping engineers and tasked with building the best golf club possible. 

While they may or may not have achieved it, the result will cost you a pretty penny as a full set of PXG clubs runs about $5,000. 

Editor's Note: the fried egg is a big believer in golf being more about the indian than the arrow.

DeChambeau to turn pro

Add another talented twenty-something to the list.  Bryson DeChambeau, who became only the fifth player in golf history to win the NCAA Individual Championship and U.S. Amateur in the same year has signed with an agent.  DeChambeau plans to use the exemption he earned by winning the Amateur to participate in the Masters and looks to turn pro shortly after the event.  

Quick hooks

Don't want to get caught on this list.

Having a field Day.

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