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Best bets for PGA's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

By Wes Reynolds  (VSiN.com) 

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Sergio Garcia, at 66-1, birdied the last hole Sunday to win the Sanderson Farms Championship and earn his first PGA Tour win since the 2017 Masters. Garcia (40-1 this week) extended his winning streak to 10 years, winning at least one worldwide event from 2011-20. Garcia led the field in strokes gained tee to green (+ 3.01 per round) and strokes gained off the tee (+ 1.37) and was third for strokes gained: approach (+ 1.75). He has won six times in eight tries with a 54-hole lead or co-lead worldwide since 2017.
 
This week the PGA Tour heads west for back-to-back weeks in Las Vegas, beginning with the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin. Bryson DeChambeau (7-1), the 2018 champion, makes his first appearance since winning the U.S. Open three weeks ago. Webb Simpson (12-1) is another former event champion (2013) in the field. Patrick Cantlay (16-1) won here in 2017 and had back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2018-19. In fact, he has never finished worse than second in this event. Three players follow at 20-1: Las Vegas resident and PGA champion Collin Morikawa, Hideki Matsuyama and Tony Finau. Matthew Wolff (25-1) also makes his first appearance since finishing second at the U.S. Open. Scottie Scheffler was the short favorite at the Sanderson Farms in his first appearance since withdrawing from the U.S. Open due to testing positive for COVID-19 but finished a disappointing 37th. Now he’s triple the price at 30-1, along with Jason Day and Harris English, who posted his best finish in a major with a fourth at the U.S. Open. Defending and two-time Shriners champion Kevin Na is a Las Vegas local and is priced at 50-1. 
 
The Event
The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open was founded as the Las Vegas Pro Celebrity Classic in 1983. At the time, the event had the highest purse on the PGA Tour at $750,000. This week’s field will be playing for a slightly larger sum of $7 million. The tournament was originally a 90-hole event before going to 72 in 2004. Many fans will know this event as the Las Vegas Invitational, its name from 1984-99. It was also the site of Tiger Woods’ first PGA Tour win in 1996. The tournament boasts an extensive list of major winners, including Woods, Jim Furyk, Fuzzy Zoeller, Curtis Strange, Greg Norman, Paul Azinger, Davis Love III, Simpson and DeChambeau. Before TPC Summerlin took over as sole host in 2008, a variety of Las Vegas courses were used, including TPC Las Vegas, Bear’s Best, Southern Highlands, Desert Inn (now Wynn), Las Vegas CC, Las Vegas National, Spanish Trail, Showboat (now Wildhorse) and Sunrise (now Stallion Mountain). This week’s field will feature seven of the top 20 in the Official World Golf Ranking and 17 of the top 40. 
 
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