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Rory McIlroy to Make Sentry Tournament of Champions Debut

September 12, 2018, 7:51 AM HST
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Rory McIlroy, 14-time PGA TOUR winner, will be making his first start at the  2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions when it returns to The Plantation Course at Kapalua from Jan. 2 through 6, 2019.

McIlroy qualified for the winners-only tournament with a victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March. During the final round, McIlroy collected five birdies over his last six holes and closed with an 8-under 64 for a three-shot victory.

“I’m incredibly excited to play in the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January for the first time,” said McIlroy. “It’s a meaningful tournament to qualify for, because you have to win to get in, and winning is not easy on the PGA TOUR. I can’t wait to get out to Maui in January to experience The Plantation Course and everything the island has to offer.”

With just three months left for players to play their way into the field in paradise, 30 PGA TOUR winners have already qualified courtesy of victories earlier in the 2018 calendar year, including first-timers Brice Garnett, Michael Kim, Satoshi Kodaira, Andrew Landry, Andrew Putnam and Aaron Wise.

Here’s a look at the players currently qualified to make the trip to The Plantation Course at Kapalua in January:

  • Keegan Bradley
  • Paul Casey
  • Jason Day (two wins)
  • Bryson DeChambeau (three wins)
  • Brice Garnett
  • Billy Horschel
  • Dustin Johnson (three wins)
  • Michael Kim
  • Patton Kizzire (two wins)
  • Satoshi Kodaira
  • Brooks Koepka (two wins)
  • Andrew Landry
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Troy Merritt
  • Phil Mickelson
  • Francesco Molinari (two wins)
  • Kevin Na
  • Scott Piercy
  • Ted Potter, Jr.
  • Ian Poulter
  • Andrew Putnam
  • Jon Rahm
  • Patrick Reed
  • Justin Rose
  • Webb Simpson
  • Brandt Snedeker
  • Justin Thomas (two wins)
  • Bubba Watson (three wins)
  • Aaron Wise
  • Gary Woodland

The winners-only tournament offers a variety of opportunities to get involved and up close with some of the game’s biggest stars that have qualified for the event, such as defending champion Dustin Johnson, reigning FedExCup champion Justin Thomas, current World No.1 Justin Rose and Brooks Koepka.

A variety of ticket packages are now on sale, including daily tickets and weekly tickets. Aloha Club Skybox weekly packages and Clubhouse packages, both weekly and daily tickets, are also still available. Tickets are available at or via Ticketmaster. Fans are reminded each year, that up to three children, ages 18 and under are admitted free of charge to the tournament with every paid adult (applies to grounds access only).

The 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions returns to The Plantation Course at Kapalua January 2 through 6. All four competitive rounds will be broadcast on Golf Channel. Fans are encouraged to follow the tournament on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get updates and a behind-the-scenes look at the tournament preparations.

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