shriners hospitals for children open
  • Full preview of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open with The Golf Insider
  • Four value picks, ranging from $51 to $101 in the market

This week sees the PGA Tour players head out to the Nevada desert for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

And it looks like being a good time to be in America’s favourite weekend destination!

Here’s a preview of the action in the “Silver State”…

The Tournament

This event started out in 1983 but has undergone a number of name changes over the years (Las Vegas Invitational, Michelin Championship, Frys.com Open and now, to give the tournament its full title, the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open). It also started out as a five-round, 90-hole event before this was reduced to the conventional four rounds in 2004. What has been constant is the location in and around Vegas, and since 1990 its place in the schedule – late October to early November. It’s not a flagship event of the PGA by any means, but early in the 2019/20 season it’s bound to produce plenty of competition for ranking points and prize-money.

The Course

TPC Summerlin is a par 71 course laid out over 7,235 yards. Built to the west of the city in the upmarket community of Summerlin, the course was designed by Bobby Weed and first opened in 1991. It’s slightly elevated (at 2,700 feet) but not enough to make a real difference in terms of altitude. The scoring should be good this week with previous winning scores regularly better than 20-under-par.

72-Hole Record

260: Webb Simpson (2014) & Ryan Moore (2013).

18-Hole Record

60: JJ Henry (2013)

Past Winners

2018: Bryson DeChambeau

2017: Patrick Cantlay

2016: Rod Pampling

2015: Smylie Kaufman

2014: Ben Martin

The Field

A standard field of 156 players line up this week. Brooks Koepka is the $9 market leader with BetEasy.

The Weather

The forecast is fine this week with no cloud and sunshine all the way. Temperatures will be in the low 80s (mid to high 20s Celsius) and there is a zero chance of rain on all four days. The winds will hit a maximum of 8-10mph, nothing to trouble the players.

My value picks

Scottie Scheffler (currently $51 with BetEasy)

Scheffler is another one from the crop of young potential superstars and it will be his turn to win before long. He’s been touted as a superstar and it’s easy to see why. He’s played 21 Korn Ferry events, and has won twice and placed a further eight times! He’s started his PGA Tour season with a 7th place finish at the Greenbrier Classic, and 16th place finish at the Sanderson Farms. He has a superb all-round game and looks a threat to leaderboards every time he tees it up. Even though this week’s field is strong he still looks worth getting onside at around 40/1.

Brian Harman (currently $67 with BetEasy)

Harman played great at the back-end of last season and he’s managed to carry that into this season with fourth at the Greenbrier Classic and 14th at the Sanderson Farms. Harman has had four Top 10s from his last eight PGA Tour starts and had a career best 15th at the Shriners Open the last time he played this event. He’s playing great, and Summerlin is definitely a course that can’t be overpowered, so Harman will fancy his chances this week.

Tom Lewis (currently $101 with BetEasy)

The Englishman has had a crazy few weeks both in America and in Europe. He won the Korn Ferry Tour Championship to win a PGA Tour card for this season, and then missed back-to back-cuts at the Greenbrier Classic and BMW PGA Championship. Last week at the Alfred Dunhill he played great, eventually finishing fifth after a superb weekend of 65-64. Lewis is a great ball-striker who must be full of confidence right now. His price really could be anything this week as he’s a player so hard to judge, but I’m happy to take a chance on the classy Englishman at 100/1 or bigger.

Zach Johnson (currently $101 with BetEasy)

Johnson is finally finding his form again after a dire 18 months. We backed him last time out at the Sanderson Farms where he finished 14th without holing his share of putts, but he struck it great from tee-to-green and more of the same should see ZJ in the mix again. He’s a class player who just needs to rediscover his putting stroke, and once he does this he’ll start making a mockery of his huge prices. Johnson finished tenth at Summerlin on debut, and finished 40th last time out here in 2013. Like Champ last week, I’m sticking with ZJ as I think things will all click for him very soon.

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