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Johnson, Reed, Schauffele to be in Sentry field

The Maui News

Sentry Tournament of Champions past winners Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele and Patrick Reed have committed to play in the 2020 Sentry Tournament of Champions when the event returns to The Plantation Course at Kapalua from Jan. 1 to 5, event organizers announced Thursday.

Johnson, a 20-time winner on the PGA Tour, qualified for the winners-only event with a victory at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship in February. Johnson defeated Rory McIlroy for his sixth career WGC title when he finished at 21-under 263. The two-time Sentry Tournament of Champions winner (2013, 2018) will make his 10th  appearance at The Plantation Course.

Justin Thomas picked up his 10th and 11th PGA Tour wins this calendar year when he won the BMW Championship in August, followed by The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in October. The 26-year-old will make his fifth trip to Maui for the Sentry TOC.

In 2017, the Kentucky native led Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama by two shots entering the final round and became the fourth player in the previous seven editions of the event to parlay a 54-hole lead into a victory.

“It means I get to come back, which is even better,” said Schauffele, the defending champion, after he captured his fourth career PGA Tour title 11 1/2 months ago. En route to victory, he tied the course record with an 11-under-par 62 in the final round.

The 25-year-old started the final round five shots out of the lead and went on to make eight birdies and two eagles on his way to defeating Gary Woodland by one stroke. The 2020 event marks Schauffele’s third trip to Maui.

Reed, the 2015 TOC winner, qualified for his return to Maui when he earned his seventh PGA Tour victory at The 2019 Northern Trust in August. The 29-year-old will make his sixth appearance at Kapalua. In his third start in 2015, Reed defeated Jimmy Walker on the first playoff hole, after a final-round 67 that saw him hole out for eagle on the par-4 16th.

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