Big guns eye Tournament of Champions


Rickie Fowler begins his 2016 at the Tournament of Champions in a year during which he wants to claim his first major.

The American is part of the star-studded field at the first PGA Tour event of the year, played at the Kapalua Resort in Hawaii starting Thursday.

The field is restricted to players who won a tournament during the previous season, making it a high quality affair.

Jordan Spieth and Jason Day join Fowler as they bid to make a winning start to the year.

Fowler has enjoyed good results at majors without breaking through, claiming two runner-up finishes and being in the top 10 six times.

The 27-year-old said his biggest target for the year was to finally win a major.

"Biggest thing going forward is to continue to get myself in contention and to give myself chances to win, but the main goal going into this year is focusing on the majors," Fowler told a news conference on Tuesday.

"First one obviously being Augusta [for The Masters] so get myself into contention there and I'd really like to knock off my first major."

World number six Fowler said he hoped there was some wind for the players to contend with at the course in Kapalua.

"This golf course is a lot of fun to play," he said.

"I hope the wind is up a little bit, I enjoy playing in the wind and I feel like this course you've got to have good imagination, visualise shots and be ready for some awkward lies.

"And the greens can get crazy in the wind."

But his goals are beyond the Tournament of Champions, saying he needs a major to be "in the same conversation" as the world's top two of Spieth and Day.

Patrick Reed is the defending champion and returns, while Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson and Bubba Watson are also part of the field.