Strongest Field Ever for 2020 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
In the City of Sin, anyone can win. But the betting support is on the top of the market players.
The quality cranks up in Las Vegas for the oldest running fall event on the PGA Tour. The 2020 edition of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open features 22 of the top-50 players in the Official World Golf Rankings shooting for birdies and the first place jackpot of $1.26 million.
This year’s event boasts the strongest field in the tournaments history. Bryson DeChambeau and Collin Morikawa are the two most recent major champion winners and highest-ranked players in the field. They add plenty of star power and strength to an event on the Par 71 TPC Summerlin course the pros annually tear apart.
Big bomber Bryson was showing his strength on the practice range this week in preparation for the 2020 event.
DeChambeau returns to Las Vegas for his first tournament since winning the U.S. Open. DeChambeau is also a Shriners champion having won the event in 2018 by a single stroke over Patrick Cantlay, the 2017 Shriners champion. DeChambeau and Cantlay have also been major contenders in the event at TPC Summerlin in their other two recent appearances. DeChambeau tied for fourth last year and tied for seventh in 2017. Cantlay, has finished runner-up the last two years.
DeChambeau (+800) is a prohibitive favorite at all sportsbooks including FanDuel, which has Las Vegas resident and recent PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa (+1600) and Webb Simpson (+1600) next followed by Patrick Cantlay (+1800). Simpson finished tied for seventh last year and tied the course record at 24-under par when winning in 2013. Additional player performance charts at GolfStats.com shows Las Vegas residents Ryan Moore (-24) a winner in 2012 when setting the course record and Kevin Na (-23) winning last year for his second Shriners event victory.
Morikawa was popular in his press call Tuesday as a favorite and best bet to be the next local resident to win in Las Vegas. He talked about the state of his game, living in Las Vegas and playing in his first Masters next month.
“There is nothing like sleeping in your own bed, getting out, driving to the course, feeling fresh,” he said. “I really look forward to playing here at TPC Summerlin. Played it a bunch now. My game is trending in the right direction.”
Odds are subject to change, which is noted with Morikawa opening at +2000 at FanDuel Sportsbook and Cameron Champ below as high as +125000.
65/1 to 80/1: Cameron Champ, Kristoffer Ventura, Sebastian Munoz, Cameron Davis, Brian Harman, Aaron Wise, Cameron Smith, Charley Hoffman, Doc Redman, Si Woo Kim, Denny McCarthy, J. T. Poston, Brendan Steele, Harold Varner III, Lanto Griffin, Keegan Bradley, Ryan Palmer
85/1 to 100/1: Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, Adam Hadwin, BH An, Chesson Hadley, Emiliano Grillo, Henrik Norlander, Joel Dahman, Kevin Streelman, Luke List, Pat Perez, Peter Malnati, Stewart Cink
110/1 to 150/1: Chez Reavie, James Haan, Maverick McNealy, Adam Schenk, Brian Stuard, C.T. Pan, Cameron Tringale, Carlos Ortiz, Charl Schwartzel, Danny Lee, Charles Howell, Dylan Frittelli, Matt Jones, Kyle Stanley, Patrick Rodgers, Rory Sabbatini, Francesco Molinari, Harry Higgs, Russell Knox, Scott Stallings, Tyler McCumber, Matthew NeSmith, Sepp Straka, Talor Gooch, Tom Lewis, Tyler Duncan, Sam Burns.
Per golf stats, the players with the best under par totals include (minimum 2 rounds)
- Patrick Cantlay is -52 under, playing 3 years (-17.3)
- Hideki Matsuyama is -29 under, playing 2 years (-14.5)
- Bryson DeChambeau is -57 under, playing 4 years (-14.3)
- Rickie Fowler is -26 under, playing 2 years (-13.0)
- Ryan Palmer is -38 under, playing 3 years (-12.7)
- Adam Hadwin is -44 under, playing 4 years (-11.0)
- Beau Hossler is -33 under, playing 3 years (-11.0)
- Luke List is -33 under, playing 3 years (-11.0)
- Si Woo Kim is -32 under, playing 3 years (-10.7)
- Webb Simpson is -63 under, playing 6 years (-10.5)
According to Brandon Gdula of FanDuel and managing editor of numberFire, his Shriners golf keys include distance off the tee more than accuracy. His reference to data golf Shriners stats includes strokes gained statistics. Gdula says SG: Approach, Tee-to-Green, Birdie or Better rate, and strength putting on bentgrass are areas of focus when betting and formulating a fantasy golf roster.
While bettors like to score big and Las Vegas provides that opportunity, the top finishing position market is a popular play behind picking the outright winner. Looking down the betting board a little further provides some players worth considering and added value when wagering to finish top 10 or top 20.
- Matthew Wolf (+330)
- Rickie Fowler (+430)
- Jason Kokrak (+500)
- Abraham Ancer (+550)
- Sam Burns (+750)
- Doc Redman (+750)
- James Haan (+1400)
In the head-to-head match-ups at FanDuel Sportsbook, roll the dice with Harris English (-114) over Sergio Garcia.
You can bet on it.