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Tournament:
Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Last Year:
Patrick Cantlay got the first PGA Tour win of his career in Sin City, closing things out with a par on the second playoff hole.

Cantlay, Alex Cejka and Whee Kim all found themselves tied after 72 holes, so back out they went to determine a winner. With the wind up and conditions tough, all three players bogeyed the first playoff hole. If not for a miraculous par save on the second extra hole, it would’ve happened again. Instead, Cantlay maneuvered a 4-iron under one tree, around another, and onto the green. Two putts later, he was victorious. The win must have come as a massive relief to Cantlay, who had undergone a horrific couple of years rife with tragedy and injury.

On a personal level, I’ve spoken with Patrick a couple of times and although he isn’t the most outgoing person, you immediately pick up on his competitive spirit and dedication to the sport within moments of trading pleasantries. He wasn’t able to really capitalize on the momentum from this win, but as a guy that rivaled Jordan Spieth growing up, Cantlay is on the short list of players I expect to enjoy a breakout 2019 season.

Other Winners:
2017 – Rod Pampling
2016 – Smylie Kaufman
2015 – Ben Martin
2014 – Webb Simpson

Course:

  • TPC Summerlin, 7255 yards, par 71
  • The layout winds through arroyos and canyons
  • Course known for its four-hole finishing stretch: The drivable par-4 15th, the par-5 16th, the water-lined par-3 17th and a strong par-4 No. 18
  • Approximate average elevation of 2700 feet (820 m) above sea level.
  • 72-Hole Record: 260, Ryan Moore (2012), Webb Simpson (2013)
  • 60, J.J. Henry (1st round, 2013), Rod Pampling (1st round, 2016).
  • Shriners’ host venue since 1992

Field:
Notables — Patrick Cantlay, Cameron Champ, Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler, Beau Hossler, Joaquin Niemann, Webb Simpson, Jordan Spieth, Aaron Wise, Gary Woodland
Canadians — Nick Taylor, Mackenzie Hughes, Corey Conners, Adam Svensson, Roger Sloan


Full Field Here

TV Times:

  • Thursday-Saturday, 4:30-7:30 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
  • Sunday, 3:30-6:30 p.m. (GC).

Tidbits:

  • Jordan Spieth making season debut & first October start since 2015
  • Tiger Woods recorded his first PGA Tour victory at Las Vegas in October 1996
  • Jim Furyk won three times, in 1995, 1998, and 1999 (only repeat winner here)
  • In the 2010 tournament, Jonathan Byrd made a hole in one on the fourth hole of a three-man sudden-death playoff to win.
  • Tournament originally played over five rounds (90 holes) over several courses. The format was changed to 72 holes in 2004
  • A total of 22 Shriners Hospital patients – one from each campus across the country, will serve as standard bearers during the final two days

Tiger Woods Las Vegas Invitational 1996

Picks:
Favourite — Tony Finau
2nd Tier — Aaron Wise & Cameron Champ
Dark Horse — Sam Ryder
Top Canadian  — Mackenzie Hughes

YTD
0 wins, 1 Top-10’s, 9 Top-25’s, 3/4 made cuts* through 4 weeks (16 picks)
*3 of the first 4 events were non-cut events

Last Week — 3rd, 14th, 22nd, 35th

Betting Odds:

Ten Favourites

  1. Rickie Fowler — 11/1
  2. Tony Finau — 11/1
  3. Bryson DeChambeau — 12/1
  4. Jordan Spieth — 12/1
  5. Webb Simpson — 14/1
  6. Patrick Cantlay — 16/1
  7. Gary Woodland — 18/1
  8. Aaron Wise — 28/1
  9. Cameron Champ — 33/1
  10. Chesson Hadley — 40/1

My Bets Placed:

Tony Finau – 11/1
Patrick Cantlay – 16/1
Cameron Champ – 33/1
Aaron Wise – 28/1
Sam Ryder – 75/1
Beau Hossler – 45/1
Joaquinn Niemann – 50/1

Next Week:

  • Mayakoba Golf Classic
  • El Camaleon GC
  • Playa del Carmen,  MEX 
  • Purse: $7,200,000

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