The Sentry Tournament of Champions will kick off a new calendar year on the PGA golf tour this week.

After breaking for Christmas, the sport’s top professionals have made their way to Maui, Hawaii, to get the tour back underway in style.

This isn’t your usual PGA Tour event. Only those that claimed a tournament victory in the previous year are invited to compete for the $6.3m purse. As a result, there won’t be any surprise winners here – every competitor would be a worthy champion. Regardless, there is bound to be plenty of entertainment as the very best go head-to-head for the first title of 2018.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Sentry Tournament of Champions 2018:

Tournament of Champions field

Ryan Armour – Sanderson Farms Championship

Daniel Berger – FedEx St. Jude Classic

Jonas Blixt – Zurich Classic of new Orleans

Wesley Bryan – RBC Heritage

Patrick Cantlay – Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Kevin Chappell – Valero Texas Open

Austin Cook – RSM Classic

Bryson Dechambeau – John Deere Classic

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Jason Dufner – Memorial Tournament

Rickie Fowler – The Honda Classic

Adam Hadwin – Valspar Championship

Brian Harman – Wells Fargo Championship

Russell Henley – Shell Houston Open

Billy Horschel – AT&T Byron Nelson

Dustin Johnson – Genesis Open, WGC-Mexico Championship, WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, The Northern Trust

Si Woo Kim – Players Championship

Kevin Kisner – Dean & DeLuca Invitational

Patton Kizzire – OHL Classic at Mayakoba

Brooks Koepka – U.S. Open

Marc Leishman – Arnold Palmer Invitational, BMW Championship

Hideki Matsuyama – Waste Management Phoenix Open, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

Grayson Murray – Barbasol Championship

Pat Perez – CIMB Classic

D.A. Points – Puerto Rico Open

Jon Rahm – Farmers Insurance Open

Xander Schauffele – Greenbrier Classic, Tour Championship

Cameron Smith – Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Jordan Spieth – AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Travelers Championship, The Open Championship

Kyle Stanley – Quicken Loans National

Brendan Steele – Safeway Open

Chris Stroud – Barracuda Championship

Hudson Swafford – CareerBuilder Challenge

Justin Thomas – SBS Tournament of Champions, Sony Open in Hawaii, PGA Championship, Dell Technologies Championship, CJ Cup

Jhonattan Vegas – RBC Canadian Open

Sentry Tournament of Champions picks

Justin Thomas has a good chance of retaining his title after winning the Sentry Tournament of Champions last year. However, bookmakers are tipping American star Jordan Spieth to trump him in Hawaii.

Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama make up the top five. With so much top class talent taking part, the chances of an upset are slim. However, some are tipping emerging Australian talent Cameron Smith to spring a surprise.

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Jordan Spieth is the favourite ahead of the Tournament of Champions 2018. (via Shutterstock.com)

Tournament of Champions schedule

The Sentry Tournament of Champions will get underway on Thursday, 4 January. A round will be played each day, with the tournament eventually coming to an end on Sunday, 7 January.

Tournament of Champions tee times

PGA has yet to provide any real details. The organisers tend to announce tee times the day before the round is taking place.

The first set of Tournament of Champions tee times will likely be confirmed on Wednesday, 3 January. However, that is subject to change.

Keep an eye on the PGA Tour website for updates.

Tournament of Champions venue: where is the tournament held?

The tournament has previously been held at Las Vegas’ Desert Inn Country Club and Stardust Country Club, as well as California’s La Costa Resort and Spa. However, since 1999, Maui, Hawaii’s Kapalua Resort has staged the Tournament of Champions.

The beachside resort is home to the Plantation Course, a traditional links-style course with incredible views of Maui’s towering mountains and idyllic coastline. The 7,452-yard par 73 course offers a difficult blend of uphill and downhill play that challenges even the best of golfers.

Consistently voted as Hawaii’s best golf course, the Plantation Course is a worthy stage for the Tournament of Champions.

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Tournament of Champions tickets

The Tournament of Champions allows golf fans to catch the very best players in action for an entirely reasonable price for a tournament of this stature.

Tickets are still available to purchase via the PGA Tour website at a cost of $15-30 per day. Alternatively, weekly tickets are available for $75. This will grant you access to the Plantation Course from Wednesday through to Sunday.

Ticket holders are can bring up to three under-18s along to the tournament.

Is the Tournament of Champions on TV?

The best view of the action will be found at Kapalua Resort. However, if you’re unable to make it to Maui, you will be able to watch the Tournament of Champions from the comfort of your home.

Sky Sports will be airing all four days of the tournament in the United Kingdom. Coverage will begin at 11pm London time on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. They will also be showing the tournament from 8pm London time on Saturday.

Likewise, those in the United States can watch via the Golf Channel. Coverage will begin at 6pm ET and run until 10pm on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The channel will also be showing the action on Saturday between 3pm and 7pm.