PGA Tour Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

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Published: 15/10/2014

The PGA Tour lands in Las Vegas this week for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Held at TPC Summerlin, as it has been for the past several years, the course is regarded as being one of the easier tests on tour and had a scoring average of 69.5 last year.

The defending champion is Webb Simpson, who finished on 24 under par last year and this won the US golfer the tournament by six shots. Simpson is a tempting 28/1 with stanjames to retain his title this week but will face competition from a number of local players, including Kevin Na, who is also a previous winner of the event. Based in Nevada, this means Na plays this course more regularly than the majority of other players in the field and is 33/1 with william hill to win this event for the second time in his career. Another local player who will be setting his sights on the top of the leaderboard this week is Ryan Moore who can count himself as another previous winner of the event and is 22/1 with SkyBet to find further success at TPC Summerlin.

Previous good form on the course has shown to play a part, with each of the last four winners also having finished in the top 15 of this event in the past. Furthermore, winners of this event have also done well in other desert based events such as the Phoenix Open and this makes Cameron Tringale a very tempting bet at 50/1 with paddypower. Despite not having a PGA Tour win to his name, Tringale has shown good form in previous desert events including the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, where he has finished tied 11th and also this year`s Phoenix Open where he finished tied 12th.

The favourite for the event at 14/1 with SkyBet is Billy Horschel and rightly so after his FedEx Cup win and also back-to-back wins at the BMW Championship and Tour Championship. However, Horschel has been off the course for almost a month now and recently became a father so he might not be as fully focussed as for previous events. A European name to look out for is another previous winner at TPC Summerlin and that`s Martin Laird. The Scotsman won this event in 2009 by defeating both Chad Campbell and Geroge McNeil in a playoff and is 28/1 with BetVictor to add another PGA Tour title to his current total of three. Despite missing the cut in this event last year, Laird has also finished runner up in 2010 and ranked in the top 10 for greens in regulation and strokes gained putting last week at the Frys.com Open.

The winner of the Frys.com Open at Silverado was Sang-Moon Bae and this was the South Korean`s second PGA Tour win, having won the HP Byron Nelson Championship in 2013 and he is in good form. Bae comes in to this event priced at 60/1 with Coral and this may be due to the fact that back-to-back wins are very rare on the PGA Tour, with Billy Horschel, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy the only players to manage it last year and doing so just once each. Looking further down the list and Brendan Steele offers good value at 66/1 with bet365. The American has shown very good form in previous desert based events such as the Phoenix Open, boasting three top 10 finishes in that event. Finishing tied for 21st in Silverado last week, Steele will see this event as a good chance to add to his only PGA Tour victory date, which came in 2011 at the Valero Texas Open.

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