PGA Tour Expert Picks: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Can Rickie Fowler and Brooks Koepka show out on this easy course with a poor field?
The fall swing is now well underway after Emiliano Grillo won the Frys.com Open last week. This week, the PGA Tour turns to Sin City and the easiest course on the slate all season at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Let's preview this event.
What: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Where: Las Vegas, Nev.
When: Oct. 22-25
How to watch (all times ET): Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday from 5-8 p.m.)
Participants and odds
Rickie Fowler: 9-1
Brooks Koepka: 16-1
Kevin Na: 22-1
Ryan Moore: 22-1
Brandt Snedeker: 25-1
Emiliano Grillo: 25-1
Jimmy Walker: 25-1
Tony Finau: 28-1
Field strength: D-plus
Woof. This is not a very good field. It's obviously headlined by two of the US team's 12 Ryder Cup players (probably) in 2016 in Fowler and Koepka. After that ... nothing great.
Story to watch: The big three of Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day can't be touched by anybody else, right? They're going to sit atop the world golf rankings for the next 10 years, right?
Although, Rickie Fowler is one of the few players who could crash that party. If he does it, it will happen in the next two or three years. This week's event would be a nice start.
The winning score here over the last five years is a combined 112 under par. This is the easiest course on the PGA Tour. I think I'm on 59 watch, much less everybody in the field.
2014: Ben Martin
2013: Webb Simpson
2012: Ryan Moore
2011: Kevin Na
2010: Jonathan Byrd
Scorers, all of them, with Simpson being the lead culprit. Whoever wins this week is going to be a birdie machine.
Let's pick this event.
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