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The next stop on the PGA Tour route will be Nevada, Las Vegas, where the Shriners Open takes place at TPC Summerlin. Plenty of big-name golfers will not be in attendance, so this week represents an opportunity for those players not yet at the top of the game to make a name for themselves, but who will step up to the plate?
There’s plenty to get stuck into betting wise this week, so don’t forget to check out our best tips before this event begins. Ahead of tournament beginning on Thursday, October 12th, let’s also look at a few first-day betting options.
Shriners Open day 1 tips and predictions
It’s time to point you in the direction of a few opening-day bets. Here goes:
Tom Hoge to be the first round leader @ 40/1 each-way (seven places, Coral)
As mentioned in the each-way betting article, Tom Hoge has plenty going for him this week. He’s played well at this tournament before, including last year when he finished in a tie for fourth place.
In addition, the man from North Carolina, who has one win on the PGA Tour to his name, is currently the best player in this field in terms of strokes gained: approach on the PGA Tour, which bodes very well given that this is a course that is set up to reward strong approach play. Hoge also ranks well in terms of birdie average, which also lends itself to the attacking nature of TPC Summerlin.
Furthermore, we’re talking about a player who can be fast out of the gates so to speak on courses that aid front-footed golf. In seven previous visits to the Las Vegas venue, Hoge has held the first-round lead on one occasion, while he’s also posted an additional first-round top-five. After building some momentum last week, the 34-year-old looks a decent bet here, especially at 40/1.
Sam Ryder to be the first round leader @ 66/1 each-way (seven places, Coral)
Someone who loves to go at it from the word go is Sam Ryder, which is why he’s a golfer who is often positioned highly on the leader board during the opening day of a tournament.
In his last four tournaments, Ryder’s four best scores have all come on the opening day, with the 33-year-old shooting scores of 67, 68, 68 and 67. He’s also posted opening-day scores of 65, 64 and 63 this season, so it’s fair to say we’re talking about a player who can go hard from the get-go.
Moreover, like Hoge, Ryder has enjoyed some previous success at the Shriners Open. He finished third at this venue back in 2018, while he usually plays well on day one, and that’s why he’s positioned himself in the top five after the opening round not once, not twice, but three times. Such form bodes well as far as I’m concerned, and after some very solid opening rounds in recent weeks, I’m betting on Ryder to make a fast start here.
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