Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Predictions, Odds & Picks
- PGA Tour makes its annual visit to Las Vegas
- US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau opens his 2020-21 season
- PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa joins him in the field
Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Odds
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Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Picks and Predictions
Collin Morikawa’s long game skills make him the outright pick at +2000 with BetMGM.
Ryan Palmer’s form demands backing to make another top 20 at +350 with DraftKings Sportsbook.
Take Webb Simpson to win his bet365 match-bet with Patrick Cantlay at -120.
Collin Morikawa +2000 at BetMGM
Ryan Palmer to finish in the top 20 +350 at DraftKings Sportsbook
Webb Simpson to beat Patrick Cantlay in a match-bet -120 at bet365
How to Watch the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
|Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Information|
|What||Shriners Hospitals for Children Open|
|Where||TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas|
|When||Thursday, October 8 – Sunday, October 11|
|How to watch||Thursday 9.40am, 5pm & 9pm ET (Golf Channel), Friday 9.40am, 5pm & 11pm ET (Golf Channel), Saturday & Sunday 9.40am, 5pm & 9pm ET (Golf Channel). All four days on Sky Sports.|
Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Profile
After wowing the world, and dismantling the field, with his power-hitting at last month’s US Open Bryson DeChambeau returns to action this week at one of his favorite venues.
The 27-year-old Californian has made four visits to TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and, whilst his first appearance reaped only T36th, he hasn’t finished outside the top seven in the last three years and claimed the win in 2018. He’s far from the only player in the field with a strong course record, however.
Defending champion Kevin Na, who 12 months ago holed an astounding 558-feet of putts, was also a winner in 2011 and finished second in 2015.
Meanwhile, Patrick Cantlay has made just the three starts on the Bobby Weed-designed layout and incredibly never finished outside the top two – he won on debut in 2017, was second a year later, and only lost out to Na in extra holes last year.
DeChambeau heads the betting, rated a +700 shot by BetMGM, but it’s a strong field and he’ll be chased to the line by the likes of Webb Simpson, Tony Finau, Collin Morikawa, Matthew Wolff, and Hideki Matsuyama, as well as Cantlay and Na.
Morikawa Can Make it Four
It’s been some 18 months for 23-year-old Californian Collin Morikawa, who has made just 32 starts since turning professional last summer and in that time landed three titles, including August’s PGA Championship at Harding Park.
It’s not supposed to be easy to make the transfer into the paid ranks and yet Morikawa has made it look exactly that, playing four rounds in his first 23 starts, apparently blissfully unaware that it’s common for many golfers to have the odd weekend off.
At every stage of his progress, he has taken mature and solid steps, first by getting into contention in just his fourth and fifth starts, then winning in his sixth.
It was a year later that he endured that first missed cut and his response? Victory in his very next start at Muirfield Village. A month later he confirmed his class with victory in the first major of the year, holding off a class field and showing no fear during the back nine on Sunday. He’s only played this week’s course once, last year, and he played nicely, carding rounds of 67-66-67 to be T15th heading into the final round whereupon a Sunday 72 left him T42nd.
That took the gloss off his week, but it was very far from poor performance and history tells us that his strength, the long game, is a good fit for the test – he ranked fifth for Strokes Gained Tee to Green last season and only one man in this week’s field could better that.
Take the +2000 at BetMGM.
Summer(lin) Shine for Palmer
It’s been a mighty consistent 12 months on tour for Ryan Palmer. The 44-year-old Texan, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, has played exactly 20 times in that period and landed a top 20 in exactly half those starts. He’s displayed both his adaptability and quality in that run by proving himself in South Korea, Japan, and Hawaii – and also in regular tour events, among elite fields, and in the FedExCup Playoffs.
He really should have made it 11 from 20 because he spent most of the Farmers Insurance Open in the top three, but chased the win on the back nine Sunday and toppled to T21st. All the same, ten from 20 is a persuasive ratio and his record in Las Vegas is not bad either.
He’s been playing the event since 2004 and whilst he’s not finishing top 20 50% of the time he has completed four from 11 starts – and three of them have come in his last six visits.
All in all, the numbers make the DraftKings quote of +350 to make another top 20 very tempting.
Simpson Can Better Cantlay
Match betting sometimes feels like you’re taking sides between course form and current form, and bet365’s pairing of Patrick Cantlay and Webb Simpson definitely feels like it’s asking that sort of question. On the one hand, we’ve got 28-year-old Cantlay who, as mentioned above, has played TPC Summerlin three times and never finished outside the top two.
Up against him is 35-year-old Simpson who is no mug when playing the Las Vegas course. In fact, he’s reaped one win, two fourths, and another three top 20 finishes from his nine starts there. I’d argue that, even under normal circumstances, Cantlay would be hard pushed to land another top-two finish so Simpson’s steadiness might be ready to topple him. That feeling is intensified when you compare their form.
Cantlay has found one top 30 in his last five starts and in that time his tee to green numbers have been his worst in three years.
Simpson, in contrast, has totaled eight top 20s in his 12 2020 starts and can be backed to land the spoils at -120.
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Matt Cooper has been a sports journalist since 2009 with his work appearing at ESPN, Sky Sports, NBC, Sporting Life and the Planet Sport Network among many others, in addition to guest appearances on the BBC and CNN. Although a specialist in golf, who has traveled the world to cover the sport, Matt has also covered rugby, cricket, football and the Olympics.
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