2020 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Betting Picks: Our Favorite Matchup Bets at TPC Summerlin
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- The 2020 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open begins Thursday at TPC Summerlin.
- Our staff breaks down their favorite matchup bets for this weekend's tournament below.
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 matchup bets at the 2020 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open:
Cam Smith (-112) over Harold Varner III
I’m taking one of the game’s better wedge players, who’s trending in the right direction, on a course which suits his game over one of the game’s most charismatic players, who’s shown inconsistent results recently, on a course which has never really suited his game.
Smith has finished top-40 in each of his last four starts and he’s gone 13th-10th in his last two appearances in Vegas. Varner meanwhile, owns some solid finishes lately, but three top-30s in his last six have been offset by three MCs and while he’s played each of the last five years in Vegas, only once has he finished better than 48th place.
Sebastian Munoz (-112) over Kevin Na
It’s a bit of a risk fading Na given that he’s won this event twice and finished second once, but he doesn’t have a top-20 finish in his six other starts at TPC Summerlin over the last decade. It’s been a boom or bust course for him, making him a great outright selection, but someone we may also find an edge on in matchups.
Na hasn’t been in great form over the past few months, and while Munoz doesn’t have much of a track record here, he’s finished ahead of Na in four straight events.
Brian Harman (-112) over Charley Hoffman
I was notably opposed to what I saw from Charley Hoffman last week twice writing him up as a fade during the event. To his credit he finished 6th despite losing strokes on approach, but it’s his 6.7 strokes gained putting that has me carrying the fade into this week.
Harman, on the other hand, gained strokes in both ball-striking categories, but was bit by his around the green game on way to a 37th-place finish.
I’ll trend with the ball-striker and player with two Top 15s in his last two appearances at the Shriners, while expecting a bit of a struggle for Hoffman.
Harris English (-125) over Paul Casey
I like English in this matchup because of consistency. English holds the longest made-cut streak in this field (9) and I expect more consistent play this week. Putting will also be a very important component at TPC Summerlin and I trust English (5th in this field in SG: Putting bentgrass) a lot more than I trust Casey (76th in this field in SG: Putting bentgrass).