Shriners Hospitals for Children Open preview, TV times and betting tips

Here’s everything you need to know as the PGA Tour begins its fortnight in Las Vegas

The first of the two-event Sin City Swing in Las Vegas starts with the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. There are a couple of big prices to go at in the betting here, but first…

Venue: TPC Summerlin, Nevada, USA

Date: October 8-11, 2020

Course stats: Par 71; 7,255 yards

Course summary: In keeping with the local landscape this venue is a relatively easy desert track. The signature four-hole finishing stretch adds some drama to proceedings, with birdies or better on offer to the brave few who gamble. Larger than average bentgrass greens await the players, who will need to make plenty of birdies to compete at an event which has a 21-under-par average winning score.

Purse: $7 million

Defending champion: Kevin Na (-23)

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open TV coverage

Thursday: Sky Sports Red Button from 5.45pm, Sky Sports Golf from 10pm and Main Event from 10.15pm
Friday: Sky Sports Red Button from 5.45pm, Sky Sports Golf from 10pm and Main Event from 11pm
Saturday: Sky Sports Red Button from 4.30pm, Sky Sports Golf from 8pm and Main Event from 11pm
Sunday: Sky Sports Red Button from 4.30pm, Sky Sports Golf from 8pm

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open betting: Staking Plan

Joaquin Niemann – 1.5pt e/w @ 66/1 with bet365

The young Chilean will be in good spirits following his best ever major finish at the US Open recently, and will undoubtedly be motivated to return to a course where he finished 10th in 2018. Niemann ranked 23rd in SG: Tee-to-Green last season, as well as 26th for Total Birdies, increasing his appeal on a course that demands low scoring. Niemann will fancy his chances of making birdies here on a surface he has had success on, including when winning the Greenbrier last season. That win, and three top-5 finishes last season, demonstrate the quality Niemann possesses, and he perhaps represents the best each-way value of any golfer in the field at this price.

Kristoffer Ventura – 1pt e/w @ 90/1 with bet365

The young Norwegian arrives in Nevada off the back of two top-10 finishes in three starts. His recent course form is also impressive, as he secured his best finish of the campaign when T18 here last season. Statistically this track should suit him perfectly, ranking 27th for SG: Putting and 11th for birdie average this season. Although only three starts in, this is a clear continuation of the performances we saw from Ventura last season, where he ranked 4th on tour for SG: Putting. With a stronger field this week, this tournament represents a great opportunity to announce himself on the PGA Tour with a strong performance and hopefully an each-way return for backers.

Peter Malnati – 0.5pt e/w @ 200/1 with bet365

After an incredible closing 63 at the Sanderson Farms Championship on Sunday, I cannot believe Malnati is available at this price. Last week I posted a similar gamble on McCumber continuing his form from the previous week, and it so nearly landed with a T6 finish. If Malnati can keep the putter hot for this event, where it will surely be a birdie race, he has a great chance of contending again. Malnati ranked 40th for SG: Putting last season, and currently sits in 2nd for this campaign. His other statistics are by no means impressive but on the off chance his form carries over to this week’s event, I cannot ignore him at this price. 

James Hahn – 0.5pt e/w @ 175/1 with bet365

Hahn is one of the in-form players at the start of this PGA Tour campaign, with a T6 and T9 finish in two starts. A best finish of 15th in this event four years ago isn’t exactly inspiring however, perhaps justifying his price this week, and Hahn will need to continue the standard of golf he has produced so far this season to compete. The thing that draws me to Hahn this week is his putting statistics. With a sharp up-turn in performances on the greens, Hahn currently ranks 28th for SG: Putting and 3rd for Birdie Average on tour. If he can fire the putter up again this week, following a week off, he may well be able to post some low scores and get into contention. 

Tyler McCumber – 0.5pt e/w @ 160/1 with bet365

After a valiant effort last week at the Sanderson Farm Championship, I am sticking with McCumber to continue his excellent run of form. Two top-10 finishes in two starts gives us a lot to be excited about at this price, especially with four solid rounds under his belt in Mississippi. McCumber currently ranks 18th for SG: Tee-to-Green on tour this season, therefore creating plenty of birdie opportunities. The putter has held him back in recent seasons, and is certainly not the strongest club in his bag. However a 60-foot eagle putt last week demonstrates it may well be warming up, and this could be another good week to be on McCumber. 

For more prices, visit bet365.

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