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SBS Tournament of Champions

Justin Thomas hits off the Kapalua Plantation Course’s 16th tee Sunday on the way to winning the SBS Tournament of Champions. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Kapalua stages more drama

KAPALUA — The Kapalua Plantation Course keeps finding new ways to provide excitement. This time, the drama down the stretch of the SBS Tournament of Champions came not from a finish full of fireworks, but from a two-hole span that included shots remarkable for both quality and costliness ...

Justin Thomas gives a shaka while holding the SBS Tournament of Champions trophy Sunday at the Kapalua Plantation course after winning the tournament by three strokes. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

SBS Tournament of Champions: No doubting Thomas

KAPALUA — He’s the only man in the world who has been able to slow down Japan’s 24-year-old rapidly rising son in the last three months, but Justin Thomas is much more than that. Thomas watched his lead shrink from five shots to one on the 14th and 15th holes in Sunday’s final ...

Hideki Matsuyama shares a fist-bump with playing partner Justin Thomas after chipping in for eagle on the Kapalua Plantation Course’s 14th hole Sunday during the final round of the SBS Tournament of Champions. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Matsuyama comes up short

KAPALUA — Hideki Matsuyama put some pressure on Justin Thomas. Not much later, though, Matsuyama also gave Thomas some breathing room. Matsuyama got within a shot of the SBS Tournament of Champions lead Sunday at the Kapalua Plantation Course, but his bid for a fifth win in his last six ...

Pat Perez tees off on the 15th hole Sunday at the Kapalua Plantation Course during the final round of the SBS Tournament of Champions. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Perez continues strong comeback from injury

KAPALUA — With hair down to his shoulders and Bill Murray logos on the front his hat and back of his shirt, Pat Perez doesn’t look like a 40-year-old member of the PGA Tour. In his first trip to the Kapalua Plantation Course in seven years, Perez showed that he can still play with the ...

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Hole of the day

549 yards • Par 4 This is where the title was essentially decided, as Justin Thomas made a birdie while Hideki Matsuyama took a bogey. In all, the 17th played 0.125 shots under par in the final round — only five holes had a better scoring average — with eight birdies, two bogeys and ...

Justin Thomas waves to the gallery on the Kapalua Plantation Course’s 14th green after sinking an eagle putt during the third round of the SBS Tournament of Champions on Saturday.  The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Thomas makes his move

KAPALUA — With five holes to play Saturday, Justin Thomas was part of a three-way tie for the lead in the third round of the SBS Tournament of Champions. Then the 23-year-old stepped to the 305-yard, par-4 14th hole at the Kapalua Plantation Course and drove the green, smacking his ...

William McGirt chips to the Kapalua Plantation Course’s ninth green Saturday during a round of 7-under-par 66 that was tied for the day’s best.  The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

McGirt charges into contention

KAPALUA — It was a scorching Saturday in more ways than one for William McGirt. The SBS Tournament of Champions newcomer  fired a 7-under-par 66 at the Kapalua Plantation Course, moving into a three-way tie for third place with 18 holes to go. Playing on Maui for the first time, McGirt ...

‘We’ve been (playing in Hawaii) for 50 years and I think it’s part of the fabric and part of the core of who we are as an organization. It’s an important part of our season. And we will do everything we can to be here.’ – PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan

Monahan wants to keep events in Hawaii

KAPALUA — Today is Jay Monahan’s eighth day on the job as PGA Tour commissioner. After just that short time on the job, he already anticipates the SBS Tournament of Champions and the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club remaining right where they’re at. “I expect to be doing this with ...

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SBS Tournament of Champions Notebook

Roll Tide Justin Thomas, leading the SBS Tournament of Champions by two strokes going into the final round, is hoping for two wins in two days. The 2013 graduate of the University of Alabama will be rooting for the Crimson Tide in Monday’s College Football Playoff title ...

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Hole of the day

No. 9 521 yards • Par 5 The ninth hole played as Saturday’s second-easiest. With an eagle, 19 birdies, 10 pars and two bogeys, the field averaged 0.594 shots under par. Four of the top six players on the leaderboard birdied the hole — the exceptions were leader Justin Thomas, who made ...

Thomas wins SBS Tournament of Champions

KAPALUA -- Justin Thomas won the SBS Tournament of Champions on Sunday at the Kapalua Plantation Course, giving him three career victories on the PGA Tour. Thomas won by three shots -- he overcame a double bogey on the par-5 15th hole and closed with a 4-under-par 69 to finish at 22-under ...

Justin Thomas watches his chip shot to the Kapalua Plantation Course’s 14th green during the second round of the SBS Tournament of Champions on Friday.   The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

It’s crowded at Kapalua

KAPALUA — Justin Thomas and Ryan Moore are the leaders, but the race is on for many at the midway point of the SBS Tournament of Champions. Thomas and Moore each fired a 6-under-par 67 for the second day in a row to stand at 12-under 134 after Friday’s second round at the Kapalua ...

Hideki Matsuyama, shown before his round Friday, has three PGA Tour wins and eight others worldwide and leads the FedEx Cup standings.   The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Matsuyama gets plenty of attention

KAPALUA — Hideki Matsuyama has, by far, the largest personal media contingent at the SBS Tournament of Champions. After finishing his 5-under-par round of 68 on Friday at the Kapalua Plantation Course to stand at 9-under 137 for the tournament, the 24-year-old from Ehime, Japan, did a ...

Jason Dufner follows through on his tee shot at the first hole Friday.   The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Dufner avoids distractions, shoots second straight 68

KAPALUA — A look at social media shows some players in the SBS Tournament of Champions field taking advantage of Maui’s tourist attractions. Jason Dufner isn’t one of them. “I just came to play golf,” he said with a smile after Friday’s second round. “It’s a business ...

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SBS Tournament of Champions Notebook

Taylor returns No one in the field had waited longer for a return to Kapalua than Vaughn Taylor. The 40-year-old won last year’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am for his first PGA Tour victory since 2005. “It’s kind of a celebration of winning a tournament,” Taylor said ...

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Hole of the day

No. 18 663 yards • Par 5 All four golfers atop Friday’s leaderboard birdied the 18th hole, which played as the fifth-easiest of the second round at 0.313 shots under par. Jason Dufner carded his only bogey of the tournament on the hole to drop to fifth place.

Thomas takes two-shot lead at Kapalua

KAPALUA -- Justin Thomas eagled the 14th hole at the Kapalua Plantation Course on the way to a third consecutive round of 6-under-par 67 on Saturday in the SBS Tournament of Champions, giving him a two-shot lead. Thomas was at 18-under 201. Hideki Matsuyama, who shot 66, was in second ...

Jimmy Walker follows the flight of his drive off the first tee Thursday during the first round of the SBS Tournament of Champions at the Kapalua Plantation Course. Walker fired an 8-under-par 65 to take a two-shot lead. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

SBS Tournament of Champions: Walker out to early lead

KAPALUA — Jimmy Walker arrived at the Kapalua Plantation Course in 2014 as the FedEx Cup leader. He went home from his first event on Maui with a tie for 21st place. Oh, how times have changed for Walker, who will celebrate his 38th birthday in 10 days. The world’s 21st-ranked ...

Daniel Berger putts on the ninth hole during the first round of the SBS Tournament of Champions on Thursday at the Kapalua Plantation Course. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Event’s future at Kapalua uncertain

KAPALUA Thursday’s first round of the SBS Tournament of Champions marked the 19th time the Kapalua Plantation Course has hosted the opening event of the calendar year on the PGA Tour. Mark Rolfing has seen all of them, from the unique perspective of television analyst and Kapalua ...

Ryan Moore tees off on the first hole during the first round of the SBS Tournament of Champions on Thursday at the Kapalua Plantation Course. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Ryder Cup clincher Moore in the mix

KAPALUA — Ryan Moore says not a whole lot has changed for him since being on a winning Ryder Cup team, and the facts back him up. He was good enough to be named to the U.S. roster then, and he’s good enough to be in the thick of the hunt for an SBS Tournament of Champions victory ...