Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Date: October 8th – 11th
Course: TPC at Summerlin
Purse: $7MM ($1.3MM to winner)
2020 Winner: Kevin Na (-23)
TPC at Summerlin — Established in 1991 and designed by Bobby Weed and Fuzzy Zoeller, this par 71, 7,200 feet course has a course rating of 74.4 and a slope rating of 137. This course is a beautiful mix of desert terrain, canyon hills, rolling hills and tall grass. The final few holes will prove to be the most entertaining featuring reachable albeit elevated greens, long narrow fairways and a few water hazards strategically placed. There is a risk/reward piece to this course with a few holes having reachable greens under strong enough shots. You will see players who have more power behind their shots thrive (or falter).
My Starting 4
Patrick Cantlay (first selection this year) — Cantlay is hands down the best player at TPC Summerlin over the last two years. He won here in 2018 and followed up that performance with a 2nd place finish last year.
Bryson DeChambeau (second selection this year) — DeChambeau finished in the top 10 here each of the last two years. He comes into this tournament fresh off a US Open win and a 22nd place finish at the Tour Championship last season.
Cameron Smith (first selection this year) — Smith is one of the better putters on tour (33rd in strokes gained putting) and he comes to the Shriners tournament fresh off a 38th place finish at the US Open and 24th place finish at the Tour Championship. He was 10th here in 2017 and 13th here last year.
Luke List (second selection this year) — List has finished in the top 20 each of the last three years at TPC Summerlin. Luke finished 8th at Corales, he barely made the cut at Safeway Open and missed the cut at the Sanderson Farms Championship. This is not unlike last year where he rebounded from Sanderson and Safeway missed cuts to finish 13th here. He is currently 9th in strokes gained off the tee thanks to being 39th in driving distance.
My Bench 2
Pat Perez (first selection this year) — Perez finished in the top 10 in two of the last three years here. He finished well at Safeway Open (9th), Corales (21st) and missed the cut at Sanderson. He’s 53rd in total strokes gained.
Chesson Hadley (first selection this year) — Hadley has back to back top 15 finishes at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He had a great Safeway Open finishing 14th with four rounds under par, was 51st at the US Open, and missed the cut last week at Sanderson Farms Championship. Hadley is no stranger to rebounding off missed cuts however, his last six missed cuts he rallied to finish 17th, 52nd, MC, 59th, 29th and 23rd.
Fun Fact: In 2010, Jonathan Byrd won by hitting a hole in one on a playoff hole.
Starting 4: avg finish 43rd (29th percent)
Bench 2: avg finish 51st (34th percent)