The PGA Tour moves to Las Vegas, Nevada this week for the Shriners Hospital for Children Open. The Shriners tournament has been around since 1983 and is one of the biggest sponsor events on tour.
The event is held during the shoulder-season, normally in October however it brings out some big name players, who want to help out with the cause and support the Shriners Hospital for Children.
Last year, scoring returned to its norm, with Bryson DeChambeau shooting a -21 to beat Patrick Cantlay by 1 stroke. The year prior, scoring was the lowest it had been in the history of the tournament with Patrick Cantlay beating Alex Cejka and Kim Meen-Whee with a -9 under par. It was the only time in the 35 years of the tournament’s existence that the score was single digits.
Routinely the scoring is in the mid -20’s and has always played as one of the easier scoring tournaments on tour. The main reason for the unusual low scoring was high winds throughout the week in 2017. We watched golfers really struggle with putting because of the winds and balls were rolling all over the course.
I wouldn’t expect that again this year as the weather looks clear all week long and no real significant wind. We should get back to the normal scores of -20 to -25. Let’s jump in and take a deeper look at the course.
TPC Summerlin Golf Course Details
The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is hosted by TPC at Summerlin. TPC at Summerlin was designed by Bobby Weed. The course is a Par 71 that plays at 7,255 yards. TPC at Summerlin has a course rating of 74.4 and a slope rating of 137.
The greens at TPC at Summerlin are made up of Bentgrass and are plenty large enough for even the not-so-accurate golfers. They normally run at about 11.5ft on the stimpmeter. The greens are very receptive and should not pose any real major issues to any of these golfers.
The fairways at TPC Summerlin are Bermudagrass. Again, they are nothing that has really posed any major issues for golfers in the past so I don’t expect much of an issue here this week.
One thing to be aware of this week is there is an elevation factor at this course. The tournament is played at roughly 2700 feet above sea level, which means that the golf balls will fly further and will carry longer.
Shriners Hospital for Children Open System Attributes
- Strokes Gained: Putting
- Strokes Gained: Tee To Green
- Birdie or Better %
- Par 4 Scoring
- Driving Distance
Shriner’s Hospital for Children Open Golfers
Webb Simpson +2200 for 1.5 Units at MyBookie
When you are looking for someone who has strong course history and is in decent form, I don’t think you need to look any further than Webb Simpson. Simpson is a previous winner here at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children Open. He won here in 2013 and also has come 4th in 2010 and 2014. Simpson should be very well rested, not having played in about 6 weeks, since the Tour Championship, where he finished in 20th place. Webb finished last season strong, with three 2nd place finishes in his last 8 tournaments.