Scott Set To Start 2014 In Style

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Adam Scott finished 2013 strong in Australia. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au/Sam Greenwood/Getty Images
Adam Scott fell just short of emulating Robert Allenby in collecting the triple crown on his home tour, but as a result, the reigning US Masters champion has had a much shorter break than most of rivals on the PGA Tour heading in to first event of 2014, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. The invitation-only event sees, as the name suggests, tournament winners from last season head to the stunning Plantation Course at Kapalua on the stunning Hawaiian island of Maui.

Scott is the only player in the top-five heading to the Pacific island with Matt Kuchar the only other member of the top ten. Tiger Woods has avoided the event for a number of years, while two other major winners from last year, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson, are also non-attendees. With the hottest player at the end of last season, Henrik Stenson, also failing to make the trip, Scott is in prime position to start the new year in winning fashion. He finished second here seven years ago, but has played in the event just twice since.

Scott just managed to hold off Kuchar to win the Australian Masters in November, and the American is his main rival going on rankings. He has played this event three times and never finished worse than a tie for ninth. Prior to heading Down Under, Kuchar finished seventh in the McGladrey Classic to kick off this season so he is in reasonable form coming in.

Dustin Johnson took out this title to kick off his 2013 and is the only champion in the field. He had a generally disappointing year but finished it in style winning the WGC-HSBC Champions event in November, and his long-hitting off the tee should suit this course. Webb Simpson is another to watch after finishing tied for third last year and T-11th in 2011. 

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