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2021 PGA Betting Picks: Shriners Hospital for Children Open

2021 PGA Betting Picks: Shriners Hospital for Children Open

Some of the top players in the world will be back in action this week as the PGA Tour heads to Las Vegas for the annual Shriners Hospital for Children Open!

As usual, we have you covered with a full preview and betting picks for all of the action, getting underway Thursday morning, below. 

Shriners Hospital for Children Open Betting Picks

Spaniard Sergio Garcia picked up his first PGA Tour title since the 2017 Masters last week when he won the Sanderson Farms Championship. It was a fairly light field but some of the best players in the world will be back in action this week as the purse is ramped up to $7,000,000 for the upcoming event. 

the field

The Field

Many of the top players in the world had a bit of an extended break after the gruelling U.S. Open at Winged Foot a few weeks ago. Bryson DeChambeau, the winner of that tournament will be back in action this week and will be looking to continue is superb run of form since golf returned from the COVID-19 break. 

Alongside DeChambeau as the headliners of the tournament are the likes of Patrick Cantlay, Webb Simpson, Tony Finau, Hideki Matsuyama, Harris English, Matthew Wolff, Jason Day, Paul Casey and Rickie Fowler.

Kevin Na has won the tournament twice, including last year and will be back to defend his title while other winners at TPC Summerlin include DeChambeau, Cantlay, Smylie Kaufman, Webb Simpson and Martin Laird.

golf course

The Course

TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas Nevada was designed by Bobby Weed with Fuzzy Zoeller serving as a consultant and opened back in 1991. Just a year later, it was awarded the Shriners Open and has been the host of that tournament ever since. 

The championship course plays as a Par 71 at just over 7,250 yards and usually plays on the easier side for most PGA Tour professionals. The winning score is usually in the low twenties under par and should be around that mark once again this season, meaning if you want to lift the trophy on Sunday, you’ll need to be dialled in on the scoring holes. 

Last year’s winner Kevin Na was dialled in with the putter, setting the record for most feet of putts made since the PGA Tour started tracking the stat back in 2003. 

PGA Tour power rankings

Power Rankings

1 – Bryson DeChambeau (+750)

Outside of Dustin Johnson, DeChambeau has been arguably the best golfer in the world since the PGA Tour returned from the COVID-19 break. In that span he has 11 starts for six top 10 finishes including a win at the Rocket Martgage Classic to go along with the history making U.S. Open win at Winged Foot. Is a previous winner at TPC Summerlin and a very deserving favorite. 

2 - Matthew Wolff (+2800)

Was fantastic at the U.S. Open as the only player outside of DeChambeau to finish even par or better. Finished T18 in his first trip to TPC Summerlin last season and has been playing some solid golf of late. Hasn’t missed a cut in his last seven tournaments.

collin morikawa

3 - Collin Morikawa (+1800)

Another player to have racked up two wins since the PGA Tour resumed and the only other major winner of the year outside of DeChambeau. Morikawa has already had a 2020 to remember and will be keen to get his 2021 PGA Tour season off to a great start. Finished T42 at TPC Summerlin after being in contention at the 56 hole mark. His iron play will see him in the mix on Sunday. 

patrick cantlay

4 - Patrick Cantlay (+1800)

In three trips to TPC Summerlin, Patrick Cantlay boasts a ridiculously impressive record. 1st in his debut tournament in 2017, 2nd in 2018 to Bryson DeChambeau and 2nd in 2019 to Kevin Na. Is the all-time earnings leader at the event and although he hasn’t set the world alight lately, this seems the perfect tournament for him to play himself back into form. 

5 - Tony Finau (+2000)

When scoring is at a premium, how can you look past Tony Finau? The World No.16 makes birdies for fun and should eat up this golf course off the tee. Has never missed the cut at TPC Summerlin in six trips including a T7, T9 and two T16’s in that span. In his last eight tournaments, Finau has five top 10 finishes including a T8 at the U.S. Open. 

Best Bet

Can’t get enough of Patrick Cantlay this week. His record at TPC Summerlin is absolutely impeccable and although he finished T43 at the U.S. Open, there were definietely some promosing signs from the World No.13. Only two men have beaten him in three tournaments at TPC Summerlin, we expect him to be in the mix again. 

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