Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Betting Tips & Preview – Thursday 1st November 2018

The PGA Tour is one of the biggest sporting organisations in the world. The best golfers in the world all want to play on the PGA Tour and as sponsors flock to become a part of it all it is inevitable that the players will earn huge amounts of money. In addition to the sporting drama and opportunities for individual players, the PGA Tour is also rightly proud of the vast amount that it donates to charity.

The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is a great example of what the PGA Tour does for charitable causes. Held since 1983 in Las Vegas, the tournament has donated millions of dollars since it was taken over by Shriners in 2006 but it’s also a very well regarded tournament that attracts big stars to TPC Summerlin. This year’s tournament comes after a six month renovation project at the course to try and make it more of a tactical challenge but this is still largely a bombers’ haven, which provides another opportunity for the in-form Gary Woodland who is an 18/1 shot with BetVictor.

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Gary Woodland @ 18/1

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Course Info

The TPC network of courses used in various tournaments on the PGA Tour sometimes gets a bad reputation from golf fans. The general complaint is that they are overly easy and only reward one style of golf. It will be interesting to see how the updating of all 102 bunkers at TPC Summerlin will affect scoring and the style of golf required.

It’s fair to be cautious given that the par 71 layout measures 7,255 yards which is short by PGA Tour standards and it actually plays even shorter due to the effects of altitude. Par five scoring has always been important at TPC Summerlin and the big hitters will have an advantage again. It’s not quite the sort of ‘hit it, find it, hit it again’ golf that we see very often though as the last five winners have ranked 5th, 15th, 7th, 18th and 13th for fairways hit in regulation.

CourseLocationLengthPrize Money
TPC Summerlin Las Vegas, Nevada 7,255 Yards $7,000,000

Recent Winners

Patrick Cantlay’s stats when winning his first PGA Tour title were fairly routine for the Shriners Open. He averaged 324 yards off the tee, hit 64% of all fairways, around three quarters of greens in regulation and was ninth for putts per green in regulation. The players in the list of recent winners at TPC Summerlin show that it’s not fair to characterise it simply as a bombers’ paradise but Ben Martin is the only player in the list not to have averaged over 300 yards off the tee.

YearWinnerTo ParWinning Margin
2017 Patrick Cantlay -9 Playoff
2016 Rod Pampling -20 2 Strokes
2015 Smylie Kaufman -16 1 Stroke
2014 Ben Martin -20 2 Strokes
2013 Webb Simpson -24 6 Strokes

Analysis: Drive and Putt for Dough

There is an old cliché in golf that players drive for show and putt for dough. The increased importance of driving in the modern game makes that view of the game obsolete. This week’s winner will need both their first and last shots of each hole to be excellent so we’re looking for an excellent all round driver who can also putt the lights out when on fire on the greens.

Everything Pointing Towards a Big Week for Woodland

Gary Woodland has returned to the new PGA Tour season in no mood to mess around. He’s made two starts so far and has only finished behind five players. Both of those starts came in the Far East which shows that Woodland is prepared to travel to keep moving up the world rankings but he’ll doubtless be feeling good about playing in Las Vegas this week.

Woodland is coached by the father-son duo of Butch and Claude Harmon who are based in Las Vegas. He knows exactly what it takes to play good golf in the desert and won’t be surprised if the winds whip up unexpectedly. He’s also an incredibly good driver of the ball, ranking fourth for strokes gained off the tee last season. Woodland will need his best stuff on the greens to contend this week but with his coaches nearby and the level of comfort he feels playing at this venue he looks the player the others have to stop at 18/1 with BetVictor.

Champ Won’t Let Up

Cameron Champ is a name that’s been on the lips of many of the world’s best golfers for a while now. The 23-year-old has been called the future of golf on more than one occasion and showed that he has the mental fortitude to go with the physical talent when winning his maiden PGA Tour title at the Sanderson Farms Championship last week.

The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open represents a step up in class but Champ will relish the chance to show that he belongs in the company of Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Tony Finau. He’s an incredible athlete who will outdrive most of the competition so can contend on his TPC Summerlin debut which makes him a good each way bet at 33/1 with Coral.

Home Comforts Give Piercy an Edge

Scott Piercy is one of those players who many golf fans will only have heard of fleetingly. The 39-year-old has carved out a successful career which includes four PGA Tour wins but his results are often unremarkable for months at a time.

When Piercy starts playing well he’s always one to sit up and take notice of. After finishing 27th and fifth in the CIMB Classic and CJ Cup respectively, Piercy could well be ready to do even better this week at 60/1 with Ladbrokes. He lives not far from TPC Summerlin so will be sleeping at home this week which has helped him to good results here in the past and can do so again.

Final Verdict: Gary Woodland to win

At 34, Gary Woodland must be hoping that he’s approaching the peak of his powers as a golfer. This big hitter has already proved that he can mix it with the very best in the game so this could be a huge year for him if he does improve. After a very good start, Woodland is ready to win again so 18/1 with BetVictor looks a generous price.

About

The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is the returning fixture from the Asian Swing and is the start of the lead up to the end of the year. The tournament has been running since 1983 and in that time has seen several names, sponsors and even hosts of the tournament, all within Las Vegas.

The current set up is with Shriners Hospital for Children and as part of the tournament, fundraising for several charities, including Shriners has been one of the most important factors. A key part to the tour event has been able to get celebrities involved to boost the profile, most notably with Justin Timberlake hosting from 2008-2012.

The tournaments has been an important figure on the PGA Tour for a number of years now and was actually the first event on tour to hold a prize pool of over $1million. The first event was won by that of Fuzzy Zoeller in 1983, picking up a cheque worth $135,00 from the Las Vegas Country Club. Another interesting fact is that the tournament hosted the first professional win for Tiger Woods back in 1996, beating Davis Love III in a playoff. The only multiple winner of the event is that Jim Furyk, winning three times in 1995, 1998 and 1999.

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