The 2013-2014 PGA Tour season gets going early with a new wraparound schedule and the second event of the season is the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Let's do a little Q&A on what to expect from this week's event.
What is it?
Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, the second event of the 2013-2014 PGA Tour season.
Where is it?
Las Vegas, Nev. at TPC at Summerlin
When is it?
What is the purse?
How can I watch it?
Golf Channel at 5-8 p.m. Eastern on all four days.
Who are the former champions?
That would be correct. Timberlake's name has been on the tournament for the last five years and he served as host until this year's event. He was likely bounced because somebody finally realized "Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children" is the longest name ever for a golf tournament.
Something had to go. Oh, and he's not hosting anymore.
So who are you picking?
I'm glad you asked. Here are my picks for the Shriners Open:
Nick Watney (16-1) -- Watney's last three finishes here: T10, second, T6. That's pretty strong and with a weaker field this week he's a good bet again at 16-1 (though not the favorite, that would be Zach Johnson at 12-1).
Watney finished last season strong, as well. He went T9 at The Barclays, second at the BMW Championship, and T14 at the Tour Championship. If he finishes outside the top 10 in Vegas, I'd be pretty shocked.
Lock for top 10
Brendon de Jonge (25-1) -- de Jonge finished second at this event last season and he's coming off a really good, if not underrated performance at the Presidents Cup.
He also hasn't seen anything north of a top 20 appearance since the Wyndham Championship. That's right, he finished in the top 20 in every playoff event through the Tour Championship. He might not win this week but he'll be in the mix.
Will he win the Shriners Open? Probably not, but I'll take a top 10 guy from last year as my wild card, especially at 125-1.