The TOUR heads to Sin City this week for The Shriner’s Hospital For Children Open (mouthful for sure). The Shriner’s will be contested at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas Nevada as it has been every year since 1992. Summerlin is a par 71 measuring 7,255 yards.
Several notables will be making their season debuts this week including, Tony Finau, Webb Simpson, Matthew Wolff and world #1 Brooks Koepka.
Par 4 scoring proved vital last year as four of the top five finishers finished in the top five of the category. Strokes Gained: Approach the Green always plays a role in that as well. Also, look for a bunch of birdies as TPC Summerlin which was ranked as the 12th easiest in scoring relative to par last season.
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***All statistics referenced are as of the end of the 2018-2019 season for both The PGA TOUR and The Korn Ferry Tour.
These statistics are key to success at TPC Summerlin.
- Par 4 Scoring Average (Par 4 Sco)
- Strokes Gained: Approach the Green (SGAPG)
- Strokes Gained: off the Tee (SGT)
- Birdie or Better Percentage (Bir or Bet)
Horses For The Course
- Patrick Cantlay ($11,100/$11,800) – The 2017 champ backed it up with a solo 2nd last year. Absolute model of consistency. Ranked no worse than 10th in all four key statistical categories.
- Bryson DeChambeau ($10,700/$11,600) – Defending champ has made consistent improvements at this event. Finished T36 in 2016, T7 in 2017 and claimed victory last year. Ranked 18th in SGT and 16th Bir or Bet. Coming off a solid week at the Safeway.
- Webb Simpson ($10,200/$11,300) – Simpson makes his first start of the 2019-2020 season coming off a very good and underrated 2018-2019 season. Has made 7 of 8 cuts at TPC Summerlin with a victory in 2013. Has a pair of T4s and two more top 20s to go with his victory.
Top Tier Picks
- Adam Scott ($10,000/$11,400) – Hot start at the Safeway last week before fading to T17. However, that was his 4th straight top 20. Ranked 4th in SGAPG, 3rd in SGT and 8th in Bir or Bet.
- Tony Finau ($9,800/$11,200) – Only risk is the 9-hour time zone change he has to deal with traveling from the Dunhill Links Championship. He’s 5-5 in cuts made at Summerlin with a T7 and a pair of T16s.
- Gary Woodland ($9,600/$10,800) – Comfy season opener for the reigning US Open champ. Finished T18 in 2017 and T10 last year so he’s trending at The Shriner’s. Ranked 3rd in Bir or Bet.
Other Options: Brooks Koepka ($11,700/$12,200), Hideki Matsuyama ($9,700/$11,100), Joaquin Niemann ($9,400/$10,700)
Mid Tier Picks
- Scottie Scheffler ($8,800/$10,200) – The only Korn Ferry Tour member from last season with fully exempt PGA TOUR status comes in off a week of rest. His first two starts of his TOUR career were a T7 and T16. Ranked 1st in Birdie Average on the KFT last season. This guy is going to win this year.
- Charles Howell III ($8,500/$9,900) – Solid season debut for the veteran with a T4 at Safeway and just another $277k in his bank account. Has posted three top 20s in his last four trips to Summerlin. Ranked 8th in Par 4 Sco.
- Brian Harman ($7,800/$9,400) – Has a T3 (Greenbrier) and T14 (Sanderson) to kick off the season. That’s five top 15s in his last nine starts.
Other Options: J.T. Poston ($8,300/$9,800), Scott Piercy ($7,900/$9,600), Ryan Moore ($7,800/$9,400)
Value Tier Picks
- Jim Furyk ($7,500/$9,200) – The only multiple winner at this event has actually won it three times (1995, 1998, 1999). Sure, he turns 50 this year but proved last season that he can still be very competitive. Ranked 7th in SGAP and 22nd in SGT. That’s pretty good.
- Sebastian Munoz ($7,400/$9,200) – I mean, why not? The guy is white-hot right now coming off a win at Sanderson and is ranked #1 in the FedExCup standings. Let’s ride him until he slows down.
- Denny McCarthy ($7,000/$8,900) – Ranked 13th in Bir or Bet last season, mainly because of a hot putter. The putter is still very, very good and the ball striking is steadily improving. Finished T15 in last season’s edition.
Other Options: Lanto Griffin ($7,200/$8,600), Nick Watney ($7,200/$8,800), Bronson Burgoon ($6,900/$8,700)
These aren’t just value picks, these are guys that could buck their heads and finish high on the leader board.
- Colin Morikawa ($9,500/$10,900)
- Dylan Frittelli ($8,900/$10,100)
- Kevin Na ($7,700/$9,500)
- Chesson Hadley ($7,100/$8,600)
- Mark Hubbard ($6,400/$7,700)
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