The Shriners Hospital for Children preview with Skeeter McGillicuddy
Back to the US this week after the Asian leg ended last week in remarkable fashion with Justin Rose overturning an 8 shot deficit going into the final round to down 54 hole leader Dustbin. Rose had been playing good golf but I always felt his price was too short to entertain actually backing him. So back on home soil and over to Vegas for this established event.
The event has thrown up some notable winners over the years including Tiger and Jimmy the F..K. Tony Finau heads the betting which despite our respect says all you need to know about the quality of the filed. TPC Summerlin has played host to this event for 8 years and at just over 7,200 yards the Par 71 course – at altitude – yields some low numbers and some unlikely winners. Na, Pampling, Ben Martin, Smylie Kaufman, Jonathan Bryd are not names that leap off the page when looking for the winner in a normal PGA Tour event.
There is however a winner in waiting and whoever he is he better putt well. Hitting fairways is not such a prerequisite for success here with only Byrd getting into the 70% plus bracket since 2010. Greens in regulation at 75% plus profile a winner who then makes a lot of birdies.
Patton Kizzire 1pt win at $101 with
Cameron Tringale 1pt win at $200 on
Patton Kizzire screams back me on course form and current form. We’ve backed Patton before and now with his 10th placed finish last week combined with his debut runners up spot at TPC Sumerlin in 2015 combine to make his 125/1 quote look way too big. Yes, he missed the cut last year but equally he posted his top ten last week after a miserable run of form. Kizzire came to the main tour after a blazing run on the Web.com and quickly laid down a marker. Overall 2017 will look decidedly poor but it’s obvious that whatever’s he’s been up to his game kicked into gear last weekend and he must be champing at the bit.
Cameron Tringale has 3 runners up finishes in 219 starts on the PGA Tour along with 19 top 10’s and nearly $10m. Journeyman springs to mind but even journeymen win occasionally. Three top tens in the 2017 season is hardly a lot to pin our hopes on but it does illustrate some sort of form and the clincher is his runner up spot in 2015 at Summerlin. Tringale has form around courses which afford lower scoring and his best recent performance came in July at the Barbarsol where he posted 18 under. He has hardly set the world on fire but he does better here than most venues and in this weakened field he looks a reasonable wager at the odds.