This week’s PGA Tournament heads to Las Vegas for the 36th edition of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Patrick Cantlay returns to defend the title he won a year ago and while some big names sit this one out, we have a strong field marked by the first appearances of the season from Jordan Spieth (+1200 with Bovada) and Rickie Fowler (+1100).
We maintained a run of wins in the top 10 finishers betting market thanks to Keegan Bradley’s efforts at the WGC HSBC so let’s see if we can keep that going at TPC Summerlin.
In some places you can find no fewer than four golfers at the same outright winner Shriners Open odds. We have mentioned Spieth and Fowler and they are joined by Ryder Cup teammates Tony Finau (+1100) and Bryson DeChambeau (+1400). Of those four, only Finau has remained active since that competition and he has the form and the game to go one better than his second place on Sunday.
Finau and Fowler have strong records in this tournament while Spieth and Dechambeau are some way down the Power Rankings with subdued form and little to show from previous performances at the Shriners.
The chasers this week are led by Webb Simpson (14/1), Patrick Cantlay (18/1) and the man who heads those Power Rankings – Gary Woodland (18/1). Cantlay is our defending champion this week having won last year in a playoff and he has the form for a defense after finishing seventh at the Sheshan International.
Webb Simpson (+1400) is also in good touch and is ranked second in all time earnings at this tournament. The money has slowed a little for the 2014 champion since the ban on anchored putters but he is definitely one to watch. Others worth a look in this chasing pack include Aaron Wise (25/1) and Cameron Champ (33/1). While we were all watching the WGC HSBC, Champ was taking out the Sanderson Farms in style and he is going to have a big season.
Matt Kuchar (45/1) was a constant threat in the top 10 finishers betting markets in 2017 but last season was a disappointing one. He leads the list of outsiders and is a former runner up in the Shriners, albeit way back in 2008.
Ryan Moore (50/1) is another former champion, having won here in 2012 and with two Top 15s since that victory, he looks decent value. Martin Laird (80/1) also won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open back in 2009 while Kevin Tway (80/1) has fallen down the outright betting despite a maiden Tour success at the start of the season.
There are many contenders here and other outside punts to consider would include 2011 Champion Kevin Na plus Bronson Burgoon, Graeme McDowell, Nick Watney and Ollie Schniederjans. None of those players are at their best but they are at big odds and could be considered for the top 10 markets at least.
Our Preview’s Shriners Open Predictions Verdict with Course Trends & Picks
Having used various venues across Las Vegas in its 35 year history, TPC Summerlin has become the permanent home of this tournament. This is a par 71 but it is a relatively lengthy one at 7,255 yards so there could be some advantage for the distance hitters across four days.
Beyond that there isn’t too much to challenge the players on a course that is widely regarded as the easiest on the PGA Tour. Fairways are wide, greens are receptive and run at a modest 11.5 on the stimp.
It is tough to find a common stat as a key to success here and it’s often just a case of looking at general form and a potential battle with the flatstick.
In terms of previous winners, the big names have been absent from the list in recent years and we haven’t seen a multiple champion since Jim Furyk completed a three-peat back in 1999.
Based on those trends the standout player from the four favorites is Tony Finau. He certainly has the form and the power off the tee but as we constantly see, it’s tough to recover straight after a playoff defeat.
This could be a week to focus solely on top 10 finisher bets but if pushed for a winner, Gary Woodland is a strong proposition and he is priced high with the United States’ offshore bookies in comparison to his position at the head of the Power Rankings. Woodland has enjoyed a strong start to the season and is primed to convert while we also expect Cameron Champ to continue his rise with a single digit finish.
Our Shriners Hospitals for Children Open predictions and betting picks are:
- Gary Woodland to win @ +1800 (18/1) with Bovada, Intertops or BetOnline.
- Cameron Champ (best at +275 with Bovada), Ryan Moore (+400 Bovada) and Webb Simpson (best +120 with Intertops) for top 10 finishes.
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