2020 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Picks: Our Favorite Prop Bets at TPC Summerlin
Jamie Squire, Getty Images. Pictured: Harris English
- The 2020 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open begins Thursday with lots of big names on the oddsboard. But who are the best bets for a top finish?
- Our staff shares their favorite prop bets for this weekend's tournament at TPC Summerlin.
The PGA TOUR will embark on its first-ever “Vegas Swing” with the 2020 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin.
Bryson DeChambeau headlines this field and, unsurprisingly, is the clear tournament favorite at +750 ($10 bet wins $75). This is DeChambeau’s first start since he captured his first major at the U.S. Open on Sept. 20. DeChambeau, who won this event in 2018, is the only golfer in single-digit odds at the moment, just ahead of 2013 champion Webb Simpson at +1000.
There are plenty of other big names in the field including Patrick Cantlay (+2000), Hideki Matsuyama (+2200) and Rickie Fowler (+3500). Golf’s next generation is also well represented with Collin Morikawa (+2000), Scottie Scheffler (+2800) and Matthew Wolff (+2800) all inside the top-7 on the oddsboard.
Here are our favorite prop bets at the 2020 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open:
Abraham Ancer Top-20 Finish (+250)
My original pick here was Tony Finau for a top-10, but a positive COVID-19 test announced Tuesday by the PGA TOUR led to his withdrawal from this event.
Instead, I’ll go with Ancer, who has shown a propensity for playing well during the late-summer/early-fall time of year. His results at this one have been all-or-nothing, with three MCs, but a T-4 two years ago that I’m banking on repeating.
So far in 2020, he’s played 15 events and finished top-20 eight times, which suggests there’s some nice value on this number.
Louis Oosthuizen Top-20 Finish (+220)
Normally, I like to have some course history to back up these top-20 plays, but I’ll make an exception here for Louis, who is making his tournament debut this week.
Oosthuizen has finished inside the top-20 in three of his last five starts in stronger fields. He’s also gained both off the tee and with the approach in all five of those events. That’s his longest streak of good ball-striking since 2015.
Harold Varner III Top-10 Finish (+700)
It was a strong close to last season for Varner and he shook off the rust in a 29th-place finish at the Safeway to start the new campaign. I look for him to carry that momentum into this week at a course where he has had some decent results buoyed by some impressive putting numbers, but never quite put it all together.
Varner has gained more than 2 strokes on the greens at TPC Summerlin in each of the last three tournaments he’s played here, and that is typically the club that holds him back.
I love that he clearly has comfort on these greens, and if he can continue that, with his usual good ball-striking, he’ll be in contention this weekend.
Harris English Top-5 Finish (+550)
You can’t find a better fit for TPC Summerlin than Harris English. He finds the fairway and can get scorching hot with the putter, especially on bentgrass. When we last saw him he was gaining strokes on the field in every category on his way to an impressive fourth-place finish in the U.S. Open.
English has two top 5s in his past four starts and I don’t see any reason why that won’t continue on a track that should be a perfect match for his skill set.