After Cameron Champ’s emotional victory at the Safeway Open the PGA Tour heads to the desert where Bryson DeChambeau is looking to defend his title. However, there are plenty big names names are gunning for his title, not least World No. 1 Brooks Koepka. We’ll get to our Shriners Hospitals for Children Open betting tips later, but first…
Venue: TPC Summerlin, Nevada, USA
Date: October 3-6, 2019
Course stats: Par 71; 7,255 yards
Course Summary: A wide desert layout which needs the wind to get up and defend it – this isn’t common. The rough isn’t too testing so accuracy off the tee isn’t paramount. We are playing a month earlier this year but the course looks to be just as vulnerable with only the final four holes really posing any sort of card-ruining challenge.
Purse: $6.6 million
Defending champion: Bryson DeChambeau (-21)
Thursday: Featured groups – Sky Sports Golf & Main Event, 6pm. Main coverage – Sky Sports Golf & Main Event, 11am & 3pm
Friday: Featured groups – Sky Sports Golf , 6pm. Main coverage – Sky Sports Golf, 9pm, Sky Sports Main Event, 10.15pm
Saturday: Sky Sports Golf & Main Event, 10pm
Sunday: Sky Sports Golf & Main Event, 10pm
Shriners Hospitals for Children Open betting: Players to follow
Tony Finau (22/1) is catching my eye on the back of a encouraging trip to Europe.
The World No. 13 played at the BMW PGA Championship for the first time and in the Dunhill Links where he a T20 means he won’t be short of confidence. Stateside, expect him to pick up where he left off after finishing 4th at the BMW Championship and 7th at the season-finale a week later.
As for his course form, he’s made five cuts in a row including one top 10.
Finau still hasn’t won a full PGA Tour event so you feel like the Fall Series events provide his best opportunity.
Scott Piercy (75/1) offers some great each-way value.
The American hasn’t been in world-beating form of late, with finishes of 19th and 67th in his last two outings, but we can’t ignore his course form. One of the most consistent performers here over the last nine seasons, Piercy has recorded four top-10 finishes and, a missed cut in 2013 aside, his worst finish has been 32nd.
Hitting greens on this layout will be a key factor and Piercy ranked 9th in greens in regulation on the PGA Tour last season so expect plenty of birdie opportunities.
A leading contender for me and well overpriced.
Finally, I’ll be chucking a quid at Chesson Hadley (110/1) each-way.
He’s finished tied 4th and tied 7th in the last two years, while back in 2013 he shared 5th place too. This setup clearly suits his game.
His T7 last year but for a final-day dip. He hit 83.33% of greens in regulation over the opening three but with four bogeys on the card on Sunday this slipped below average to 66%. There’s definitely value for the each-way punter here.