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The Shriners Children’s Open: Kim for the Win… Again

Written by: Dave Tindall
Updated October 10, 2023
12 min read

Our PGA Tour expert turns his thoughts to the third event of the Fall season.

  • This is the next stop on a seven-tournament Fall schedule 
  • The par 71 TPC Summerlin hosts once more
  • Tom Kim returns to defend the title he won in 2022

The Shriners Children’s Open Odds

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Tom Kim+1100
Ludvig Aberg+1200
Cam Davis+2200
Si Woo Kim+2200
Adam Schenk+3000
J.T. Poston+3000
Eric Cole+3300
J.J. Spaun+3300
Nicolai Hojgaard+3300
Tom Hoge+3300

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The Shriners Children’s Open Profile

Welcome to Las Vegas!

PGA Tour golfers have been viewing the iconic sign at the end of the Strip since this tournament was first played in 1983.

TPC Summerlin, the host course, was the scene of Tiger Woods’ first PGA Tour victory in 1996.

In those days, the tournament was played over five rounds but it’s been the regular 72 holes since 2004.

This is the second of six events in a busy Fall stretch that offers a late opportunity for those outside the world’s top 50 to improve status and secure full playing privileges for 2024 by finishing in the top 125.

The field this week includes Lexi Thompson, the 11-time LPGA Tour winner who once qualified for the US Women’s Open at the age of 12.

She’ll be trying to become the first female player to make the cut in a PGA Tour event since Babe Zaharias in 1945.

Meanwhile, no American has won this event since 2019.

Shriners Children’s Open Winners

YearChampion and winning score/td>
2022Tom Kim (South Korea) -24
2021Sungjae Im (South Korea) -24
2020Martin Laird (Scotland) -23
2019Kevin Na (United States) -23
2018Bryson DeChambeau (United States) -21
2017Patrick Cantlay (United States) -9
2016Rod Pampling (Australia) -20
2015Smylie Kaufman (United States) –16
2014Ben Martin (United States) -20
2013Webb Simpson (United States) -24

TPC Summerlin Course Notes

  • TPC Summerlin is a par 71 measuring 7,255 yards from the tips
  • With Vegas 2,000 feet above sea level, the course plays much shorter 
  • The course features generous fairways and large bentgrass greens
  • Tom Kim, Sungjae Im, Webb Simpson and Ryan Moore hold the 72-hole record 
  • Patrick Cantlay, Rod Pampling and JJ Henry hold the 18-hole course record of 60

Favorites to win the Shriners Children’s Open

Tom Kim (+1100)

Kim didn’t get the chance to score a repeat win in the Wyndham Championship due to injury so this is his first title defense on the PGA Tour. He arrives having connected seven top 25 finishes worldwide, the most recent a sixth place in last month’s Open de France. The 21-year-old won here on his tournament debut last year thanks to rounds of 65-67-62-66.  

Ludvig Aberg (+1200)

Despite jetting in on the back of raucous European celebrations at the Ryder Cup in Italy, the Swede composed himself to make a four-man play-off at last week’s Sanderson Farms Championship, losing out to Luke List. Aberg now has form of 2-10-1-4-14 in his last five worldwide starts.   

Cam Davis (+2200)

Davis is one of the form horses, ending last season with three top 10s in his final four starts and starting the new one with third place at the Fortinet Championship. The Aussie has a 4-for-4 slate at TPC Summerlin although hasn’t yet put himself in the mix: 37th, 27th, 52nd, 28th.

Count on Kim

This is a time of year when favorites tend to perform strongly and that’s why Tom Kim could be a great bet to defend his title.

The Korean youngster powered to a three-stroke win 12 months ago and has the form to keep the field at bay once more.

What particularly stood out last year was the fact that Kim was playing this event for the first time.

After hoisting the trophy, he revealed in his press conference: “I felt like the course really suited me well.

“It came to my eye and I felt like if I just strategized around the course here, I could have a good week, and that’s exactly what I did.”

Kim ranked 3rd for both Strokes Gained: Tee To Green and SG: Putting along with 5th for SG: Approach.

Looking at his current stats, the Open Championship runner-up has ranked in the top seven for SG: Putting in three of his last four events.

With the blade hot, he can land the repeat so back Kim for the win at +1200 with bet365.

Higgo to Beat Thompson

We landed last week’s 72-hole match bet as Davis Thompson beat Akshay Bhatia by four strokes.

That selection was based on a local angle but this week it’s Thompson’s opponent who holds that advantage.

Garrick Higgo went to UNLV and knows TPC Summerlin well. 

He’s yet to master it in tournament conditions but that will surely change and, on current form, it’s likely to be this week.

The South African posted 16th at the Sanderson Farms and was left to rue a Saturday 75. He went 10 shots lower in the final round.

Thompson was also 16th last week and has a 12th in this event but he lost strokes with the putter for the third tournament running.

Higgo ranked 5th for SG: Putting at the Sanderson Farms and I’ll back him to out-perform Thompson on the greens once again and win this 72-hole match as the +100 dog.   

Simpson to Land Top 20

Betting on Webb Simpson hasn’t been a smart move in recent months.

But the one time he did remind us of his talents came at a venue where he’d previously been a stud.

So having managed a top five at the Wyndham Championship just two starts ago (his 10th top 10 finish there), he can shine here on another favorite track  

Simpson had a win and two top fours at Summerlin early in his career and he’s cracked the top 20 in four of his last five visits. 

Back him for another Top 20 at +400 with bet365.

How to Watch the Shriners Children’s Open

  • Tournament: Shriners Children’s Open
  • Location: TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, NV 
  • Date: Thursday October 12 - Sunday October 15
  • How to watch: Thursday-Sunday, 5 p.m.–8 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). And all four days on Sky Sports.

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Dave Tindall

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Dave Tindall is former golf editor at SkySports.com and Golf365.com and has been writing betting previews for the PGA Tour and European Tour since 1997. He has also written for a range of betting companies, including William Hill and Betfair, as well as being a regular columnist for Rotoworld, The Guardian, Sporting Life and Planet Sport. His other area of speciality is football while he's also covered cricket and tennis.

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