2018 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Fantasy Golf Picks and Betting Odds for 2018 Shriners Hospital Open

 

THE COURSE

TPC Summerlin – The TPC Summerlin is a par-71, 7,255- yard track laid out just below stunning red rock foothills on the west side of Las Vegas, Nevada.  Winding over and through various canyons, the course features lots of elevation change, big greens, some elusive fairways, and plenty of risk/reward situations. All together, it is a bit of a bomber’s course and scores should be really low (Rod Pampling won last year’s event with an opening round 60).

Some variables that we will be paying close attention to are: driving distance, putting, course history, and local players.

 

PAST WINNERS

2016  – 20  Rod Pampling   (Runners Up:  – 18  Brooks Koepka)

2015  – 16  Smylie Kaufman   (Runners Up:  – 15  Jason Bohn, Alex Cejka, Patton Kizzire, Kevin Na, Brett Stegmaier, Cameron Tringale)

2014  – 20  Ben Martin   (Runner Up:  – 18  Kevin Streelman)

2013  – 24  Webb Simpson   (Runner Up:  – 18  Jason Bohn, Ryo Ishikawa)

ODDS    (Bovada 10/30/2017)

Tony Finau  +1400

Patrick Cantlay  +1800

Webb Simpson  +1800

Anirban Lahiri  +2000

Chesson Hadley +2200

Kevin Chappell +2500

Gary Woodland  +2800

Ryan Moore  +3000

Charley Hoffman  +3300

Kevin Na  +3300

Bubba Watson  +4000

Byeong-Hun An  +4000

Luke List  +4000

Jason Kokrak  +4500

Kevin Streelman +4500

Martin Laird  +4500

Bryson DeChambeau  +5000

 

WHO’S HOT

Tony Finau

Chesson Hadley

Anirban Lahiri

Jonathan Randolph

Smylie Kaufman

Jason Kokrak

 

HORSES FOR THE COURSE

Tony Finau

Webb Simpson

Scott Piercy

Kevin Na

Ryan Moore

Jason Bohn

Kevin Streelman

 

LONGER SHOTS

Jamie Lovemark  +5000

Smylie Kaufman  +5000

William McGirt  +5000

Scott Piercy  +6600

Brandon Hagy  +8000

Nick Taylor  +8000

Robert Streb  +10000

Vaughn Taylor  +10000

Aaron Baddeley  +12500

Jonathan Randolph  +12500

 

FAITHFULS

Webb Simpson

Kevin Na

Martin Laird

Scott Piercy

Kevin Streelman

 

WHO WE LIKE

Webb Simpson – There isn’t a bad choice at the top-tier of players this week. Any of the top five names are solid picks. Finau will enjoy being able to bomb it here, Cantlay is an excellent player who finished last season strong, and both Hadley and Lahiri are on hot streaks. However, Webb Simpson has won here before, he has found new form, and he was playing lights out the last few weeks of last season.

Luke List & Smylie Kaufman – This course could be a bomber’s paradise this week and there is no bomber in the mid-tier we like better than Luke List.  List has shown some good form of late, even though he is prone to one blow-up round per event. Kaufman is a bit of a wild card, but the kid can play and his T4 finish last week may be all the boost he needs to really come out of his shell.

Scott Piercy –  FULL DISCLOSURE:  Piercy is a golfer crush of this writer and his name is here only because is he a Las Vegas local and tends to show up in early-season events. Other players such as Brandon Hagy, Robert Streb, Vaughn Taylor, and Martin Laird are probably better picks in the high-odds tier.

GAVIN’S PICKS

Webb Simpson

Jamie Lovemark

Kevin Tway

 

JOHN’S PICKS

Ryan Moore

Jimmy Walker

James Hahn