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Sam Burns lost nearly two strokes putting at the Sanderson Farms Championship last weekend but gained six shots more than the entire field tee-to-green to win the event in Mississippi at a price of 16-1 over runners-up Cameron Young and Nick Watney. 

Burns now has two wins in the calendar year of 2021 (Valspar Championship) and has climbed to a career high of 18th in the OWGR. Burns (25-1) is part of a contingent of 11 OWGR Top 25 players in this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open field in Las Vegas. The Shriners is the first of two consecutive events in Las Vegas as the CJ Cup will stay stateside for a second straight year, this time at the Summit Club.

Viktor Hovland (20-1) failed to win a match in his first Ryder Cup two weeks ago but probably deserved a much better result than his record indicated. The Norwegian makes his first appearance at TPC Summerlin. Brooks Koepka (22-1), who split his matches at Whistling Straits, has two appearances here with extreme finishes — a runner-up in 2016 and a missed cut in 2019. Abraham Ancer (25-1) has two fourth-place finishes here in 2018 and 2020. Scottie Scheffler (25-1) has never factored in two appearances but comes in off a potentially seminal moment in his young career after taking down World No. 1 Jon Rahm in Sunday singles at the Ryder Cup. 

A quartet of players follows on the odds board at 28-1 including 2013 Shriners champion Webb Simpson, Hideki Matusyama, Louis Oosthuizen, and Will Zalatoris, who tied for fifth last year on debut here. Las Vegas resident Kevin Na (30-1) is a two-time winner (2011, 2019). Sungjae Im (33-1) has two top-15 finishes here and Harris English (33-1) finished T-4 in 2016. Two other OWGR Top 25 players are in the field this week as well both priced at 40-1 — Patrick Reed and Paul Casey. Matthew Wolff (50-1) lost in a three-way playoff here last year to defending champion Martin Laird (150-1). Danny Willett (100-1) also arrives in Las Vegas off a win last week at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the European Tour. 

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