Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Betting Tips & Results

The PGA Tour is rightly proud of the vast impact it, its members and sponsors have on the local communities they visit every year. That charitable work is perhaps most visible at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Shriners have had the naming rights for the event since 2007 and the effects of the tournament directly impacts the lives of a great many children and their families.

Held each year at TPC at Summerlin, the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is often one of the most entertaining tournaments of the year on the PGA Tour. It takes place towards the start of the wraparound season and is viewed by many players as a great chance to secure their playing rights for the next two years. Competition for the win is always sky high resulting in some cracking Sunday afternoon drama year on year.

Betting Tips for 7th to 10th October 2021

A couple of players from the vanquished European Ryder Cup team were straight back to work last week at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. The story was different in America with none of Steve Stricker’s team competing in the Sanderson Farms Championship (although Bryson DeChambeau made it to the latter stages of the World Long Drive Championship). This week in Las Vegas is the first time for American fans to cheer on a few of those victorious Ryder Cup players with Brooks Koepka, Scottie Scheffler and Harris English in the field for the Shiners Children's Open.

Of that trio, Scheffler is the shortest price option. He’s a general 22/1 shot to win his maiden PGA Tour title but it’s Koepka who offers most appeal at odds of 25/1. TPC Summerlin is not the sort of bombers’ paradise in which you would expect Koepka to thrive. The official yardage of the par 71 layout is 7,255 but it plays much shorter than that in the thin air of Vegas. That provides shorter hitters and elite ball-strikers with a chance to shine, a chance that Kevin Na has taken twice. Koepka is by no means just a bomb and gauge player though. His strokes gained approach numbers are considerably better than the PGA Tour average and he can go one better than his runner up finish here in 2016 at a generous looking price.

There is another major champion worth backing at a similar price this week. Hideki Matsuyama doesn’t have the most sparkling record at TPC Summerlin with a missed cut sitting alongside finishes of 10th and 16th but he was unfortunate not to make the weekend last year. He comfortably broke par during both of his rounds and only missed the cut by a stroke so will by no means be feeling uncomfortable upon his return to Las Vegas.

Indeed there are many reasons for Matsuyama to be feeling confident about his chances of winning this week. A share of sixth place in his first start of the season was a nice positive after he hit the buffers a bit at the Tour Championship. His putting was the only part of his game in which he lost ground at the Fortinet Championship but he actually gained shots on TPC Summerlin’s greens last year. If the rest of his game holds up and he enjoys the greens in Vegas as much as he did 12 months ago then Matsuyama should be a serious contender at odds of 28/1.

The first two wins of the PGA Tour season have gone the way of players who had genuine claims on playing in the Ryder Cup but missed out. Patrick Reed will do all he can to ensure that trend continues. It was clear from his Twitter activity that Reed was angry to not make Steve Stricker’s team. He is never a man lacking in motivation but another chance to prove people wrong could give Reed that little bit extra that he needs to launch a challenge on the Shriners Children's Open title at 40/1.

Past Winners

Year Course Winner
2021 TPC Summerlin Sungjae Im
2020 TPC Summerlin Martin Laird
2019 TPC Summerlin Kevin Na
2018 TPC Summerlin Bryson DeChambeau
2017 TPC Summerlin Patrick Cantlay

2021: Sungjae Im

TPC Summerlin has never been close to being the most challenging course on the PGA Tour. Sungjae Im made it look easier than ever during his win at the 2021 Shriners Childrens Open though. The popular South Korean tied the tournament’s aggregate score record, taking just 260 shots to win by four shots in Las Vegas.

The one thing that every golf fan knows about Sungjae Im is that he plays an extraordinary amount of golf. He is used to living out of a suitcase and for a long time he didn’t even have a home in America despite playing full time on the PGA Tour. It was fitting therefore that he produced such a world-class display of golf in one of the world’s greatest tourist cities to win on his 100th PGA Tour start. Incredibly, his first win came on his 50th start.

There are surely greater heights for Im to scale. The 23 year old could just be scratching the surface of what he is capable of. Afterall, how many other players could cope with the pressure of seeing out a PGA Tour victory by shooting a final round of 62? Im summed up the brilliance of his play on Sunday as “a gift from above.” He is certainly a gift to the PGA Tour.

2020: Martin Laird

How can a golf tournament be at once predictable and unpredictable? Well, golf fans can safely predict that the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open will produce an unpredictable and entertaining finale every year. Just like in last year’s tournament, the last man standing after extra holes in the 2020 renewal was joined the small club of two time tournament winners. Martin Laird was the man to outlast the rest of the field as he won for the first time in seven years.

Laird had been struggling with his game and his fitness in the months before this tournament. He had become used to scrapping to regain his place on the PGA Tour and suffered a major blow when requiring knee surgery just as golf was remerging in 2020. It is to the Scotsman’s immense credit that he did not allow himself to wallow on his sofa (as he admitted he had been tempted to do) and put in the work required to win on the PGA Tour once again.

The fact that he had to overcome adversity just to compete on the PGA Tour again stood Laid in good stead when things started to go wrong in the final round. Needing only a par to win, he bogeyed his 72nd hole which meant a playoff against Austin Cook and Matthew Wolff. Fortunately, a birdie on the second playoff hole secured the win. This was a fitting win as it came at the site of his first PGA Tour victory. Indeed, it was due to that win that Laird was given a sponsors’ invitation to play in 2020.

2019: Kevin Na

The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open provided yet another topsy turvy final round in 2019. Sunday in Las Vegas had a bit of everything as Kevin Na threw away his 54 hole lead only to rally and eventually snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in a playoff against Patrick Cantlay.

At the start of the final round it looked as though Na was going to win in a procession. He had fired in rounds of 62 and 61 on the Friday and the Saturday and held a two shot lead. However, scoring conditions were totally different on the Sunday. Na battled away well on the front nine but things went wrong as he turned for home. A triple bogey on the 10th hole opened the door for perennial Shriners challenger Cantlay and another bogey on the 16th meant the lead had gone. It was Cantlay’s turn to make a mistake on the 17th hole. He was punished for finding the water as Na holed a putt from 25 feet.

Na and Cantlay could not be separated after 72 holes which meant a playoff. Fittingly for the way the rest of the day had gone, it was a mistake that eventually settled matters rather than Na doing anything spectacular. A Cantlay three-putt on the second extra hole meant that Na could finally breathe easy and celebrate becoming just the second man to win this tournament twice.

2018: Bryson DeChambeau

Patrick Cantlay came agonisingly close to defending his Shriners Hospitals for Children Open title but ended up one shot shy of another former star of college golf in Bryson DeChambeau. The win was DeChambeau’s fourth in just 12 starts and saw him move to a new career high of five in the world rankings.

DeChambeau has quickly forged a reputation for doing things his own way and it became apparent that there was more than one way to score well at TPC Summerlin. A whole host of players got themselves into contention over the first three days of the tournament while four different players held the lead at some stage in the final round. Sunday’s rollercoaster ride meant that DeChambeau needed to show lots of mental strength. As is always the case at a top level golf tournament, there a there was a certain amount of luck involved in the victory. The fast finishing Cantlay’s momentum was checked when he made a hask of getting out of a bunker on the 17th and just moments later DeChambeau made an eagle putt from off the green on the 16th.

After hitting the front, DeChambeau quickly changed gears. Alongside his caddie, Tim Tucker, he went from aggressively chasing birdies and eagles into conservative mode as he knew pars on the last two holes would be enough for the win.

2017: Patrick Cantlay

Patrick Cantlay is the sort of golfer who thrives when things get tough. He isn’t the flashiest player on the PGA Tour but he is better than most when it comes to hanging tough in difficult conditions. It is no surprise, therefore, that his win in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open came in the most challenging renewal in the tournament’s history for scoring.

Cantlay’s ability to dig extends beyond just making pars when the competition are making bogeys. He would surely have broken his duck on the PGA Tour before the age of 25 were it not for a serious back injury. A fit and confident Cantlay is a dangerous proposition to anybody at the top of the game as evidenced by this controlled performance. An average week with the putter was not a problem as he gained over two shots on the field from tee to green at TPC Summerlin.

Had just one more putt dropped over the course of the 72 holes though Cantlay would not have had to face a playoff alongside Alex Cejka and Whee Kim. Indeed, he was in pole position to win in regulation but bogeys on his final two holes opened the door. It was ultimately his ability to scramble that won it for Cantlay though as he got up and down from behind a tree to make a par on the second extra hole.