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Golf betting tips: Preview and tips for the 2021 Shriners Childrens Open

The Shriners Childrens Open was founded 34 years ago in 1983 and is played annually in Las Vegas. The tournament is currently held at TPC Summerlin. In 1984 it became the first PGA Tour event in history to offer a purse exceeding a million dollars.

TPC Summerlin was home to Tiger Woods first PGA Tour victory. The win came in the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational for a 20 year old Tiger who just making his fifth start on Tour since turning pro.

Course Overview

Designed in 1992 by Bobby Weed and Fuzzy Zoeller, TPC Summerlin incorporates traditional golf design with the natural desert terrain of the region. It annually ranks among the easiest layouts on the schedule. There is plenty of room off the tee, the greens are large and receptive and the tournament always produces a low-scoring birdie-fest.

The Par 71 course can stretch to 7,255 yard and is located at an average elevation of 2,700 feet (820 m) above sea level. Greens are large by Tour standards averaging 7,500 square feet and are very scoreable.

Finding greens and putting well are the key attributes for success at the Shriners Childrens Open

2017 Shriners Childrens’ Open | Patrick Cantlay

Winning Score -9 (275)

The 2017 edition of the tournament saw Patrick Cantlay win his first PGA Tour title in a playoff with Whee Kim and Alex Cejka. He bogeyed the final two holes of regulation for a -5 (67) and a total -9 (275) at a very windy TPC Summerlin. Gusty winds resulted in a field average of 71.542 establishing a 20-year high for the tournament.

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Patrick Cantlay
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Cantlay’s game tee-to-green laid the foundation for his victory with more than three quarters of his strokes gained coming in the Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green category. In particular he drove the ball long and well from the tee topping the pile for Strokes Gained Off-The-Tee. This yielded a gain of 5.032 strokes for the tournament. The 25 year old finished the week 13th in Driving Distance, T5 for Driving Accuracy, 17th for GIR and 9th in Putts per GIR.

2018 Shriners Childrens’ Open | Bryson DeChambeau

Winning Score -21 (263)

In 2018, Byrson DeChambeau closed with a final round -5 (66) to finish on a total -21 (263). It was his fourth PGA Tour victory in 12 months. A spectacular 58ft eagle on the Par 5 16th greatly helped his one stoke victory over the defending champion, Patrick Cantlay.

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Bryson DeChambeau
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Over 97% of DeChambeau’s strokes gained came tee-to-green finishing the week first in the Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green category. This translated to a gain of 13.550 strokes for the tournament. In particular his iron play was dialled-in with Strokes Gained Approach The Green contributing over 50% to his overall gain. DeChambeau finished T10 for Birdies racking up a total of 22 for the week. Other stats for the week include 30th for Driving Distance, 4th for Driving Accuracy, T4 for GIR and T13 in Putts per GIR

2019 Shriners Childrens’ Open | Kevin Na

Winning Score -23 (261)

In 2019, Kevin Na captured the Shriners Childrens Open for the second time having previously won the tournament in 2011. He closed with a final round -1 (70) to finish on a total -23 (261) for the week.

It was an error ridden back nine for Na highlighted by a triple bogey on the 10th hole without finding a hazard. However, he kept his nerve to force a playoff with Patrick Cantlay, eventually winning on the second extra hole.

“It came down way too close”

Kevin Na
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Kevin Na
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Na’s victory was all about his putter. He finished with negative strokes gained in 3 of the strokes gained categories for the week. However, he topped the field for Strokes Gained Putting, gaining a whooping 14.176 strokes. This accounted for the entire of his overall net strokes gained for the week. He set the record for most feet of putts made in a 72-hole tournament since the PGA Tour started tracking statistics with ShotLink in 2003. Other stats for the week include T25 for Driving Accuracy, 28th for Driving Distance, T46 for GIR and 1st for Putts per GIR.

2020 Shriners Childrens’ Open | Martin Laird

Winning Score -23 (261)

Last year, Mairtin Laird, who was playing on a sponsor’s exemption, won the 2020 Shriners Childrens Open. The Scot bogeyed his final hole to finish on -23 (261) and drop into a playoff with Austin Cook and Matthew Wolff. A birdie on the second hole of the sudden death playoff was enough to get the job done.

It was the 37 year old’s 4th PGA Tour win and second Shriners victory having won the tournament back in 2009. His last win came at the 2013 Valero Texas Open.

“This win might go right to the top because it’s been a while”

Martin Laird
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Martin Laird
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Like with most of the previous winners (Na being the outlier), tee-to-green is where the foundation was laid for victory. Laird finished 2nd in Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green which translated to three-quarters of his overall gain for the week. In particular his approach play was sharp. He finished 7th in Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green which equated to a gain of 6.492 strokes or 50% of his overall gain. Other stats for the week include T9 for Driving Accuracy, 32nd for Driving Distance, T22 for GIR and T15 for Putts per GIR.

Shriners Childrens Open Winning Formula

The following table details the Average Strokes Gained in each of the key strokes gained categories for the past four champions of the Shriners Childrens Open.

Last 4 Champions
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Average Strokes GainedAverage Finishing
Position SG Category

Graphing the above Average Strokes Gained gives a visual check on the likely key areas required for success at this week’s Shriners Childrens Open.

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In a nutshell, this week is all about players putting themselves in position for scoring, racking up birdies and avoiding any unforced errors

Shriners Childrens Open Tips

Hideki Matsuyama golf betting tipsHideki Matsuyama 25/1 (E/W) – played in the 2014 edition of the tournament finishing T10 and didn’t play again until 2019 when he finished T16. Opened up his account for the new season nicely with a T6 in the Fortinet Championship. Around Silverado’s North Course he was 3rd in Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green and 9th in Proximity To Hole. No surprise to see the Japanese maestro feature inside the Top 10 in this week’s Stats Analysis. The tee-to-green machine just needs to see a few putts drop early to boost confidence green-side. Good value considering course and field depth.

Si Woo Kim golf betting tipsSi Woo Kim 40/1 (E/W) – has good history around TPC Summerlin finishing T15 in 2018 and T8 last year. Solid start to the new season for the South Korean with a T11 in the Fortinet Championship followed by a T8 in last week’s Sanderson Farms Championship. No surprise, based on recent results, to see the 26 year old feature just outside the Top 10 in this week’s Stats Analysis. With game and form on an upward trajectory, together with good course form makes for a good mix that’s hard to ignore. Good each way value.

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