Our golf expert brings you his preview and predictions for this week's golf, Shriners Childrens Open.
Shriners Childrens Open - Winner
We double down in Las Vegas this week with the return of the Shriners, an event that always throws up triple figure contenders. Last year it was Martin Laird who won the playoff as big as 250/1 at the start of the week. Birdies rain down here on the field on what is one of the easiest tracks on the tour score wise. That being said it isn't without it's intricacies with a lot of the shorter hitters here in the mix down the years. It is played at altitude which helps those not well endowed off the tee. 3 of the last 4 winners here have ranked in the top 5 for driving accuracy so it's important to put yourself in the right places to attack the greens. Approach play plays a big part also with good ball strikers dominating the leaderboards. It certainly is one of those weeks where you look further down the price list and gamble on some likely sorts at triple figures. Desert form from the Waste Management and AMEX events early in the seasons will be another pointer I look towards.
Adam Scott at 55/1 (8 Places)
Sam Burns won last week despite an awful display on the greens which is pretty ominous heading to Vegas this week. He could quite easily go in again and I certainly wouldn't put anyone off diving in once again around the 20-25/1 mark. Top billing this week goes to Adam Scott. The Australian has a distinct lack of Desert golf in the States having never teed it up in any of those events but it is worth noting he won in Qatar back in 2008. Just 3 starts ago he spurned a huge opportunity to win by missing a five footer to win the Wyndham. He ranked 4th in Approach that week and a few weeks later was superb tee to green once again when finishing 14th at Wentworth. Scott made an effort to play a bit more earlier in the year which didn't really pay off until the last few weeks. Now he goes again in the fall series of events and certainly looks more hungry than what he has been for a win than in recent years. He is on top of his game from tee to green and that should see him enter the conversation at some stage and at 55/1 I'm happy to get involved.
2pts each-way A.Scott 45/1 (1/5 8)
Kyoung-Hoon Lee at 150/1 (8 Places)
Kyoung-Hoon Lee has been striking the ball well lately despite a missed cut last time out and can be supported easily here at triple figure prices. Lee was 4th in approach play two starts ago when finishing 12th at the BMW and had a great showing tee to green at the Wyndham also finishing inside the top 25 whilst having a terrible time on the greens. His ball striking has been excellent lately and he should favour a course where accuracy translates well to scoring. He won the Bryon Nelson earlier in the year shooting 25 under so can be expected to go low when the opportunity is there. He also shot 18 under when finishing 2nd to Koepka at the Waste Management so boasts some strong desert form also. There is a lot going for the Korean this week and anything from 150-200/1 is out there for him to land his second victory.
1pt each-way KH Lee 150/1 (1/5 8)
Doug Ghim at 150/1 (8 Places)
Doug Ghim gets to sleep in his own bed this week and is another of those at three figure prices who must be included in the staking plan. Ghim's five best approach play events stat wise have all come at courses than demand a good deal of accuracy and less length. The John Deere and Heritage have been where he has excelled on approach play and similar could play out here given help with the altitude. Shorter irons and wedges are needed a lot here and Ghim can capitalise on these conditions. His best result to date has come in the desert finishing 5th in the AMEX earlier in the year. Having made his home here he should really love his chances this week and the 150/1 out there is a lovely price.
1pt each-way D.Ghim 150/1 (1/5 8)
Luke List at 100/1 (8 Places)
Luke List is a tremendous ball striker and despite a long wait for his maiden pga tour title it surely can't be too far away. He has been hitting the ball tremendously well lately, especially off the tee and a fair upturn in his approach play last week could suggest he isn't a million miles away. What he will need is some luck on the greens which hasn't been forthcoming lately. His long game is certainly in good enough nick and he's one of the better ball strikers in the field. 17th was a fair showing last week with a poor week with the flat stick so we can expect better this time around. 6th in the desert in 2016 and some decent finishes in Phoenix tell us he can score well on desert tracks and the price is enough of a carrot to chew on once again.
1pt each-way L.List 100/1 (1/5 8)