You Oughta Know: Reed set to defend TOC title

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Defending champion Patrick Reed will defend his Hyundai Tournament of Champions title this week against a field of PGA Tour winners from the last calendar year. Here's what You Oughta Know as the 2016 slate kicks off at Kapalua (stats courtesy Golf Channel research department):

• Reed, fueled by a late eagle hole-out and a birdie on the 72nd hole, managed last year to chase down Jimmy Walker and top him in a playoff for his fourth career Tour victory. The last player to repeat as TOC champion was Geoff Ogilvy in 2009-10. Reed closed 2015 with a stretch of six consecutive top-10 finishes, including runner-ups at the BMW Masters and Hero World Challenge

• Walker rebounded to win the following week at the Sony Open. Over the last three PGA Tour events played in Hawaii, Walker is a combined 61 under par. That's 23 shots better than the next lowest player, Chris Kirk at 38 under. Walker's results over that stretch: Win, second, win.

• That said, no one has played better at the Hyundai over the last two years than 2014 champion Zach Johnson, who is a combined 36 under par.


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• World Nos. 1 and 2, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day, headline this week's field.  This is the first time the No. 1 player in the world will tee it up in this event since Vijay Singh did so in 2005. Day shot a course-record 62 in the final round last year. 

• Speaking of the strength of this year's field, six of the top 10 players in the world - Spieth, Day, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed - are playing the TOC, compared to just two last year.

• Dustin Johnson's length has allowed him to take advantage of the par-73's sprawling layout. The 2013 winner has recorded the second-most sub-60 rounds at Kapalua (11) and has the most par-breakers on average per round (6.16).

• Kapalua routinely ranks as one of the easiest courses on the Tour's schedule. The Plantation Course has yielded the lowest scoring average in relation to par in three of the last six seasons, including last year when the field was an average 3.08 shots under par.