october 15th 16.05
The main event for me this week is the Shriners Hospital for Children Open on the PGA tour and although the title keeps changing it has been a four round tournament held solely at the Summerlin course for the past eight years. I admit to finding it difficult whittling the field down and in the end have backed four players with small savers on Betfair on a host of others. The ones I left out were Brendan Steele because I think he needs a stiffer test, Jason Bohn who I tipped last year @ 150/1 when 2nd and would want that price again, Scott Brown as he shot a 77 around here last year and Kevin Streelman who likes it here but is out of sorts. Anyway - onto the ones I have backed!
Main bet of the week for me is Chesson Hadley who seems to be at his best on resort courses as witnessed by his win in Puerto Rico this year. There are lots of players who have excellent form at both venues and this was the site of Hadleys first top five PGA tour finish. He ended up 5th last year having been in the final group on the Sunday with friend Webb Simpson who went on to win. Hadley has only played in 53 events as a professional on the main tour and Web.com tour and already has three wins - I don't see why he warrants a price tag of 66/1! He played brilliantly in the playoffs to become rookie of the year and needed the outing last week as he had been a bit poorly during his break. Hopefully he can reward our investment a second time 0.5 ew 66/1
Ryo Ishikawa has been a popular pick this week and its easy to see why as he was 2nd here last year and also has been 2nd in Puerto Rico. Whilst his maiden win still eludes him I think it is likely to come on a resort course like this where he feels at home - indeed he has a home in Nevada so will be used playing at altitude around Summerlin. He won in Japan in the summer and putted really well last week on his way to a top twenty finish in the Frys.com Open 0.3 ew 80/1
Bryce Molder does at least have mORe