KRISTOFFER VENTURA (NOR) 90/1 – Bet £5EW 888 Sport 6 Places
PAT PEREZ (USA) 100/1 – Bet £5EW Paddy Power 8 Places
BRANDT SNEDEKER (USA) 100/1 – Bet £5EW SkyBet 7 Places
JAMES HAHN (USA) 150/1 – Bet £5EW SkyBet 7 Places
In the final round of the 2019 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Kevin Na won his first event of the new season after going head-to-head with Patrick Cantlay in two playoff holes.
The PGA TOUR heads to Las Vegas for the first of two events on a mini-Vegas swing. This week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open will be followed by THE CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK, which was relocated to Las Vegas due to COVID-19.
The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open marks Bryson DeChambeau’s first start after his U.S. Open win, Francesco Molinari’s first start since the season stopped for COVID-19 and defending champion Kevin Na.
FIELD NOTES: Molinari makes his first start on TOUR since the WGC-Mexico Championship in February. He moved his family to California this year and took some time away from golf… DeChambeau tees it up for the first time as a major champion… Will Zalatoris is in the field as one of the sponsor exemptions. Zalatoris is tops on the Korn Ferry Tour Points List and is looking to increase his nonmember FedExCup points. He currently is 95 points short of special temporary membership… Smylie Kaufman returns to the tournament where he notched his first TOUR victory. The 2015 Shriners winner will make his first start on TOUR since the Puerto Rico Open in February… PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa is back in action on the PGA TOUR along with fellow young star Matthew Wolff, who has finished in the top four in the past two majors… Justin Suh, a college star in his own right alongside Morikawa and Wolff, is looking to build off his momentum from the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, where he finished T14… After starting the final day of the Southern Highlands Collegiate seven shots back, the University of Texas’ Parker Coody won medalist honors and a spot in the Shriners. Coody is the grandson of former Masters Champion Charles Coody. Parker’s twin, Pierceson, won this year’s Western Amateur.
FEDEXCUP: Winner receives 500 FedExCup points.
COURSE: TPC Summerlin, par 71, 7,255 yards (yardage subject to change). Carved out of rugged desert terrain, TPC Summerlin – designed by Bobby Weed with Fuzzy Zoeller serving as a consultant – has hosted the Shriners since 1992.
STORYLINES: DeChambeau captured the Shriners in 2018… How much does Patrick Cantlay love TPC Summerlin? The 2017 Shriners winner also has a runner-up (2018) and a playoff loss (2019) to his credit. He is certainly one to watch again… Other than defending champion Kevin Na, many TOUR pros playing the Shriners call the Vegas area home including Ryan Moore, Scott Piercy, and Maverick McNealy.
72-HOLE RECORD: 260, Ryan Moore (2012), Webb Simpson (2013).
18-HOLE RECORD: 59, Chip Beck (3rd round, 1991 at Sunrise GC). TPC Summerlin record: 60, J.J. Henry (1st round, 2013), Rod Pampling (1st round, 2016).
LAST TIME: Kevin Na nailed a 4-foot tester on the second playoff hole with Patrick Cantlay to claim his fourth PGA TOUR title – and second at TPC Summerlin. Cantlay three-putted the second sudden-death hole which opened the door for Na. Na’s efforts on the greens a year ago were record-setting, as he set the record for feet of putts made in a 72-hole event (more than 558 feet in all). Na had a three-shot lead through nine holes in the final round but made a triple bogey on No. 10 to allow Cantlay and others to challenge. Pat Perez finished third while Adam Hadwin, Brian Stuard, and Bryson DeChambeau rounded out the top five. It was Na’s third TOUR win in 15 months after going seven years between TOUR victories.
TPC SUMMERLIN’S ARCHITECT: BOBBY WEED
After studying agronomy in college, Weed became an assistant golf course superintendent at Amelia Island Plantation and then apprenticed under Pete and Alice Dye in 1980 at Long Cove Golf Club in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Two years later, he was named head superintendent at Dye’s famous TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, home to THE PLAYERS Championship and the renowned 17th Island Green. Weed was subsequently promoted to construction superintendent for the PGA TOUR’s TPC Network of clubs.
PAT PEREZ (USA) 100/1
I will forget his missed cut last week as that course was not set up well for his game, but take a look at the two events previously and you will see a player who is still in a good place and playing well.
Ninth at the Safeway and then followed that with a 21st at Coarles.
Again another player who can afford to spray it around here this week as no rough and a very good putter. He averages 4.3 birdies per round and can see him making more than that this week.
Scrambling with be another key factor this week to keeping any bogeys of the card and he has kept a 70.37% in making up and downs this season.
Three wins on the PGA Tour and with a new fitness program and some chances in his coaching staff, we can now start to see that paying off.
Going with £5EW PP 100/1 paying 8 places
SUNGJAE IM (KOR) 33/1
What the team have noticed after following him at the Sanderson for a few holes over the weekend was his putting stroke has changed, he seems a lot more comfortable looking over the five and six footers now. This is evidence when you look into his trends on strokes gained putting since the US Open he is now up to over 1 shot better than the tour average.
His one win came at the Honda Classic this year, and when you think he has only been on the PGA Tour since 2019.
He again makes a lot of birdies and could be getting close to a winning score of around 19 under par is my prediction.
Going with £5EW PP 33/1 paying 8 places
BRANDT SNEDEKER (USA) 100/1
His final round 73 was not the best finish to a great week but we still saw some great putting on show and this is what it will come down to here this week.
What I do like is his putting average where he sits inside the top twenty on the PGA Tour rankings combined to that he has managed a top ten here in the past as well as a top fifty last year.
I feel this place and the way he is feeling right now could be his chance to pick up some silverware, and get him up to double figures in victories.
Going for £5EW here with Sky Bet 125/1 paying 7 places
KRISTOFFER VENTURA (NOR) 90/1
His start to the 20/21 season is as follows:
- Safeway Open – 7th
- Coarles – 52nd
- Sanderson – 6th
Currently sitting in 12th place on the Fedex cup with 178 points. Born in Mexico where he spend 12 years then moved to Norway continuing to play golf. Since then his record has been pretty impressive reading. He joined the Korn Ferry tour only last year and has recorded two victories already then gained his PGA Tour membership this year.
He has shown he knows how to get the job done, and no reason why this will not carry on this week.
Good driver of the ball and good distance, makes a lot of birdies and eagles so should fill his boots here this week with not much rough to speak of he will be setting up loads of chances.
Going to bet £5EW with 888 Sport 100/1 paying 6 places
JAMES HAHN (USA) 150/1
That win at the Northern Trust was special beating Paul Casey and Dustin Johnson in a playoff, in fact the Wells open he won in a playoff. So if he is in the mix with a few players come Sunday evening we have a strong odds on favourite here.
He held the 54 hole lead at the Safeway Open only a couple of weeks ago.
This should be a horses for courses track for James this week, lots of boxes ticked and should be plenty of birdies of offer for the young man.
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