A great start for Sentry

The new alliance between Sentry Insurance and the PGA Tour’s Tournament of Champions got off to a spectacular start this past weekend at Kapalua’s Plantation Course.

The Sentry Tournament of Champions was won in dominating fashion by the man ranked No. 1 in the world golf rankings. Dustin Johnson won the Sentry TOC by eight shots after firing rounds of 66 and 65 on Saturday and Sunday.

Coupled with his Thursday and Friday rounds of 69 and 68, Johnson finished the tournament an incredible 24-under par. Runner-up Jon Rahm was 16 under.

This was no cakewalk, either. The Plantation Course can be an easy get for many of the pros on the PGA Tour, but this year’s version of the TOC saw strong trade winds and periods of pineapple showers.

Nothing seemed to affect Johnson, though. He eagled the par-4 430-yard 12th hole twice over the weekend. On Saturday, he holed a wedge from around 60 yards for a 2. On Sunday, he hit a mammoth tee shot that came up a couple of inches short of the cup — directly in line. The tap-in 2 was almost a disappointment — it seemed the ball had to keep rolling for an incredible ace on a par 4.

The course, the surfers, the whales and the dolphins were must-see TV, too. With the East Coast of the Mainland seeing record lows and heavy snows, the sights of Kapalua must have warmed a lot of hearts.

Sentry’s involvement provides stability for our signature golf tournament. Money generated helps charities throughout the county. The great golf and the wonderful views shore up our visitor industry.

Congratulations to Sentry and all of the hard workers at the TOC for a terrific tournament.

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