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Shriners Childrens Open Tips

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
SG Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT5.0321
SGAPR3.10622
SGARG0.335T38
SGP2.40832
SGT2G8.4727

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
SG Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT4.0116
SGAPR7.0133
SGARG2.5267
SGP0.34645
SGT2G13.5501

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
SG Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT-0.82454
SGAPR1.28535
SGARG-0.54654
SGP14.1761
SGT2G-0.08455

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)

In 2020, Mairtin Laird, who was playing on a sponsor’s exemption, won the 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
SG Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT1.29344
SGAPR6.4927
SGARG1.92429
SGP3.25927
SGT2G9.7102

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.

2021 Shriners Childrens’ Open | Sungjae Im

Winning Score -24 (260)

Last year, Sungjae Im carded a final round -9 (62) for a -24 (260) total to capture the Shriners Childrens Open. The South Korean squared only four bogeys for the tournament which all came in his third round. It was the 23-year-old’s 2nd win on Tour to add to his 2020 Honda Classic title.

“The big difference between today and yesterday was that today there was no wind. That made it easier, my driver, iron and putting game worked how I wanted it to and it gave me a good result”

Sungjae Im
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Sungjae Im
SG Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT2.5699
SGAPR5.4276
SGARG2.49313
SGP5.5139
SGT2G10.4881

Superb ball-striking is where the foundation was laid for victory. Im finished 1st in Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green (10.488 strokes) which equated to just over 65% of his overall gain for the week. In particular his approach play was on point finishing 6th in Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green, a gain of 5.427 strokes. Other stats for the week include T34 for Driving Accuracy, 48th for Driving Distance, 2nd 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 five champions of the Shriners Childrens Open.

Last 5 Champions
Strokes Gained Category
Average Strokes GainedAverage Finishing
Position SG Category
SGOTT2.41623
SGAPR4.66515
SGARG1.34628
SGP5.14023
SGT2G8.42713

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

Aaron Wise golf betting tips

Aaron Wise 28/1 (E/W) – a regular at the Shriners Childrens Open, he finished T8 last year which included a second round -9 (62). This is the season-opener for the 26-year-old who hasn’t teed it up on Tour since a T13 in the Tour Championship. A zero-red-flag-game puts him 3rd in this week’s Stats Analysis (based on last season’s stats). Should be one of the main protagonists this week based on field-depth and skill-set. No doubting he has the potential to make it win No. 2 on Tour. Good each way value.

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