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A strong mix of up-and-coming PGA Tour players and established pros are set to tee off Thursday at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas at the 2021 Shriners Children's Open. The field includes 11 of the top 25 players in the world, led by No. 8 Louis Oosthuizen and ninth-ranked Brooks Koepka. Norwegian star Viktor Hovland also is expected to be right in the mix alongside a youthful group featuring Sam Burns, the winner last week in Mississippi, and reigning PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Will Zalatoris. Caesars Sportsbook lists Hovland and Scottie Scheffler as the 22-1 co-favorites in its latest 2021 Shriners Children's Open odds, with Koepka, Burns, Zalatoris and Abraham Ancer all at 25-1. 

Will Burns continue his recent run and make him a no-brainer 2021 Shriners Children's Open Fantasy golf pick? Or can Zalatoris or another young golfer rise to the top and make you look like a star? Before locking in any Fantasy golf picks or bet on the 2021 Shriners Children's Open Fantasy, you need to check out the projections and analysis from proven fantasy expert Riley Gates.

Gates is a writer for 247Sports and has covered a range of sports for nearly five years. He has followed golf closely for much longer and has a profound knowledge of the sport. He also knows what it takes to win, on the course and in fantasy sports.

At last week's Sanderson Farms Championship, four of Gate's top five players finished in the top 15, including Burns, who was his top pick and won the tournament. At the season-opening Fortinet Championship, six of Gates' top 10 picks finished in the top 25, including winner Max Homa. 

Now, Gates has locked in his top 20 golfers for the Shriners Children's Open 2021. You can only see his Fantasy golf picks and rankings at SportsLine.  

2021 Shriners Children's Open Fantasy golf picks

Gates expects Hovland's first Shriners appearance to be the start to a great season, and he is fully backing him this week. The Norwegian has established himself as a top talent since turning pro in 2019, and he has three worldwide wins. One of those was last season's Mayakoba Golf Classic, and he won the European Tour's BMW International in June. He had five finishes in the top three and ended the year ninth in scoring average (69.888). He was fifth in strokes gained off the tee and eighth tee-to-green, and he broke par on almost 25 percent of his holes (ninth).        

Meanwhile, Gates is fading Koepka based on his track record at TPC Summerlin and his unpredictability. The 31-year-old has four major titles but has been prone to injuries and loses focus in some tournaments. He was the runner-up at the Shriners in 2017 and tied for fourth in 2015 but has missed the cut in his three other appearances. This is an odd year, so maybe the pattern will hold, and he went 2-2 for Team USA in the Ryder Cup. But he was outside the top 25 in two of his last three events and withdrew from the Tour Championship with an injury. Gates doesn't know what to expect and has several other solid options for your Fantasy picks.

How to set your 2021 Shriners Children's Open golf rankings

For the event at TPC Summerlin, the Fantasy expert likes a long shot who comes in at well over 40-1. This overlooked veteran has gone double-digits under par in three of his last four events and is routinely well inside the top 25. Head to SportsLine to see his Fantasy golf picks

Who wins the 2021 Shriners Children's Open? Who are the top players to target? And which overlooked players can help you win your league this week? Visit SportsLine now to get Riley Gates' Fantasy golf rankings for the 2021 Shriners Children's Open, all from the Fantasy expert with his finger on the pulse of the game, and find out.