Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Preview

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by Mark Knight
October 1st 2019, 7:15am

Cameron Champ was able to get the job done last week, winning the Safeway Open by shot, ahead of Adam Hadwin. A birdie on the 18th during Round 4 showed that he is someone who can be trusted to win these events – and he is certainly one to keep an eye on as we move through the season. 

The Course

The PGA Tour moves East, from California to Nevada, and specifically to the TPC Summerlin course in Las Vegas. A par 71 layout, with some drivable par 4 holes and a couple of testing par 5s. It is not a difficult course – with forgiving fairways and receptive greens.

An average winning score of -21 shows that the course is certainly gettable – and we expect the winning score to be around the -20 mark again this week.  

Traditionally putting has been important round Summerlin – so backing players who are comfortable on the greens is important. 

The Field

Patrick CantlayAs we get further into the season, the fields continue to get stronger. With a selection of big name players on show this week in Vegas including it is likely we will see a familiar face at the top of the leaderboard this Sunday.

Brooks Koepka makes his seasonal reappearance this week and he will draw the crowds – but he has inconsistent form round here (2,MC,4,MC) and can be overlooked at the prices.

Outright WInner Odds

Hideki Matsuyama missed the cut last week and has not won for well over 12 months now, Adam Scott has never played the course before and Webb Simpson, despite winning this event in 2013 has not gone well here since (15,20,31,56,4). 

Patrick Cantlay has excellent form here at Summerlin (2,1), and has shown that he can win here too. An excellent season last year ended in disappointment at the TOUR finals – but Cantlay has taken some time off since then in preparation for the new season.  

A tune-up saw him finish in 40th spot last week, so he should be ready for this. With 9 top 10 finishes from 21 events last year he is the model of consistency, and with his love of this layout he is a strongly fancied selection this week. 

Bryson DeChambeau is the second selection. He has also won here before, and has shown that his game is in the right place with some excellent golf last week. Course form of (1,7,36) shows he is comfortable around Summerlin. 

He started his season off here last year – shooting 4 rounds in the 60s on his way to victory. With a couple of tournaments already under his belt this year he should also be someone who is well in contention into the weekend.  

Our Picks

Playing close attention to the market leaders may well be the route to profit this week. With such strong course form, it is impossible to ignore Patrick Cantlay – 2nd here last year and victorious the year before that.

Couple him with Bryson DeChambeau to complete the selections this week. DeChambeau threatened last week, shooting an -8 round, before fading to a tie for 13th. He has a game to suit Summerlin though, and has to be considered.