Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Golf Betting Tips
TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas once again hosts this event, although the course has undergone several changes in the last year, primarily revolving around the repositioning of numerous bunkers to make strategy off the tee more important. The rough is apparently not going to be as thick as in previous years, but the greens remain large and undulating. Last year the wind blew hard for most of the week, but just a gentle breeze is forecast for this week’s tournament.
Big Names at TPC Summerlin
Of the front four in the golf betting three players are returning from long absences and one suffered an agonizing defeat last week. Bet UK are struggling to separate Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Bryson Dechambeau and Tony Finau with all four trading at around 10 or 11/1*. A victory for any of the big guns wouldn’t come as a huge surprise, but none of them carry enough appeal at the prices to make the staking plan. Bar the Ryder Cup Spieth hasn’t been seen on a golf course for two months and he’s also the only one of the four who has never played this event before. It’s never easy to dismiss Spieth such is his character and fearsome will to win, and he’ll be desperate to get back to his best and push for world number one honours again this season, but it’s pure guesswork how well he’ll go this week with so few clues to go on.
Fowler and Dechambeau also appear for the first time since their Ryder Cup mauling and perhaps Dechambeau appeals a fraction more given his 7th place here last year. The golfing scientist will as ever be leaving no stone unturned in his preparation and he will justifiably have his backers. Rickie Fowler seems to have been around a long time for someone who still hasn’t turned 30 and it’s a big season for him, as much like Spieth he will be disappointed to no longer be mentioned in conversations when people are discussing who’s the world’s best. Spieth has achieved far more than Fowler in their respective careers but Fowler will be keen to get the season off to a fast start in a tournament he has played sporadically in over the years. Tony Finau can tick both the course and current form boxes, but last week’s exertions will have taken their toll and there is no inclination to have a wager at his current price.
Our first bet in this event will be defending champion Patrick Cantlay at Bet UK’s 15/1*. Cantlay is a superb driver of the ball and whilst the rough isn’t expected to be as penal as in previous years, Cantlay’s long straight drives will still be a big asset. Last year was Cantlay’s first look around Summerlin and he was still good enough to grind out a victory, he arrives here on the back of an excellent 7th place last week and back to back triumphs are a distinct possibility.
Also capable of going back to back but in a different way is last week’s winner Cameron Champ. Make no mistake his performance in winning the Sanderson Farms event was nothing short of spellbinding. A power-packed brute of a golfer Champ looks set for superstardom and there is no reason why he will be resting on his laurels after last week’s stunning victory. There look to be no flaws in Champ’s long game and it’s hard to envisage him not creating a host of birdie chances again this week. Summerlin does have numerous greens with roll off areas meaning Champ’s short game will be tested more than last week and if he does have a significant weakness it is the occasional clumsy touch. At 30/1* however he’s worth chancing given he’ll be contending for majors sooner rather than later.
Sam Burns is to my eyes the best value in the entire field and he’s well worth including in the staking plan at Bet UK’s 48/1*. Like Champ this will be Burns’ first full season on the PGA Tour and also like Champ Burns is strapping big hitter, the epitome of the modern golfer. Burns finished 3rd last week despite some indifferent putting and with an improved performance with the flat stick Burns can hopefully go close. Unlike most of the Web.Com graduates in the field Burns has the advantage of having played Summerlin last year and he posted a very respectable 20th place finish. His confidence will have only grown since then as later in the season he registered 7th and 12th placed finishes on the main tour as well as a victory on the Web.Com. I expect a big season for Burns and prices this big may not be around for much longer.
Las Vegas is Scott Piercy’s home town and this is one of his favourite tournaments of the year. Piercy has decent record at TPC Summerlin, as you would expect for someone who has played the track so often. He has posted three top 10’s in the last seven years and may well have even more support than usual as he turns 40 next week and the party could start early. Alongside all the advantages of this being a home game Piercy arrives in decent nick having finished 5th in Korea two weeks ago. A decent showing looks likely and he’s worth a small bet at Bet UK’s 56/1*.
Gary Woodland continues to be in tremendous form and there appears no logical reason he won’t play well again whilst Webb Simpson used to be a standing dish around here, but his last three visits suggests the love affair may be over. Just like Scott Piercy, Ryan Moore is a Las Vegas resident and knows the course inside out, Moore was the champion here in 2012 and a repeat victory is not entirely ruled out. For those looking for one at a three-figure price perhaps Nick Watney is your man at Bet UK’s 125/1*, he used to enjoy it around here in his prime and has shown glimmers recently that all may not be lost.
Bet UK’s Golf Betting Tips
|1.5pts EW||Sam Burns||48/1*|
|1.5pts EW||Patrick Cantlay||15/1*|
|1pt EW||Cameron Champ||30/1*|
|0.5pts EW||Scott Piercy||56/1*|
*All odds from Bet UK’s online sportsbook correct at the time of writing.
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