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The PGA Tour is back with another event, and this week it’s over to Las Vegas, Nevada, where the Shriners Open, otherwise known as the Shriners Children’s Open, will take place at TPC Summerlin. Can last year’s winner Tom Kim defend his title? Or will we see a new champion emerge?
Last year’s winner Tom Kim heads a highly competitive field in Las Vegas this week. There may be plenty of big names missing from the line-up this week, but that doesn’t mean that finding the winner of this event any easier. With several high-ranking players missing, this is an opportunity for lots of those irregular PGA Tour winners to make a name for themselves, so we should be in for a good week in Nevada, that’s for sure.
Shriners Open betting odds
Ahead of the action, let’s take a look at how the betting is shaping up. As we can see, last year’s winner Tom Kim heads the betting, but he’s by no means a strong favourite.
Here’s how the betting stands with one day to go:
Tom Kim – 11/1
Ludvig Aberg – 12/1
Si Woo Kim – 20/1
Cam Davis – 22/1
J.T. Poston – 28/1
Adam Schenk – 30/1
Tom Hoge – 33/1
Andrew Putnam – 35/1
Eric Cole – 35/1
J.J Spaun – 35/1
Vincent Norman – 40/1
Adam Hadwin – 40/1
Beau Hossler – 40/1
All other players – 45/1 and above.
Best odds taken from a variety of top bookmakers. All odds correct at the time of writing.
Shriners Open betting tips
We’re now just one day away from the start of this event, so it’s time to get those bets on. Below are a handful of selections for those looking for a little bit of betting inspiration. You can also find my each-way tips for this tournament here.
Tom Kim top 10 finish @ 7/4 (2.75)
Far from out of the ordinary and maybe even a little boring, the defending champ looks a good bet to once again play well in Nevada. The man born in the South Korean capital of Seoul made light work of taking to TPC Summerlin last year, proving that his game was suited by the test that the Las Vegas track provides.
The thing about TPC Summerlin is it’s a course that’s there to attack. The fairways are wide, while the greens are large, and that usually means plenty of birdies. Kim is certainly a front-footed golfer, and his excellent approach game should leave him with no shortage of scoring opportunities this week, opportunities that he should have little problem grasping as he ranks as one of the better putters on tour right now.
Moreover, of those players in the field to have played at least four rounds at the Shriners since 2016, Kim ranks first for strokes gained: approach, as well as first for strokes gained: tee-to-green. He also ranks as the number one player in the field in terms of strokes gained: total. Such stats are tough to ignore in my book. He’s also a golfer in decent form right now having posted four top-20 finishes in a row, finishing sixth last time out.
At the end of the day, we’re talking about a player who is well on his way to reaching the top of the game, one who thoroughly enjoyed himself at this venue a year ago, and that is hard to ignore. Of course, there’s no guarantee that the 21-year-old will repeat the feat this time around, but at odds of 7/4, I’m willing to bet that he has a good go and at least finishes in the first ten.
Adam Hadwin top 10 finish @ 9/2 (5.50)
At chunkier odds, Adam Hadwin is another player who catches the eye in the top 10 finish market. This is a player who knows how to handle the TPC Summerlin test. The Canadian finished T10 in Vegas last year, while he also has finishes of T6, T4 and T10 since 2014. Such event form bodes well, as does the fact that he ranks as the fourth best player in the field in terms of average score at this tournament, discounting those who’ve made less than two Shriners appearances.
Looking at previous TPC Summerlin efforts from a strokes gained perspective, Hadwin also ranks. The 12-time professional winner ranks seventh in this field in terms of strokes gained: total at the Shriners since 2016, while if we take out those players who’ve only featured once during that time, he ranks fourth, which is very solid indeed.
Ultimately, we’re talking about a hugely experienced player, one with an abundance of experience (not to mention solid form) at the Shriners. At odds of 9/2, I’m betting that such experience can help Hadwin to bag yet another top-10 finish in Las Vegas.
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