Perry’s Shriners Open Betting Guide: Will Longshots Continue to Thrive in Las Vegas?


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Oct 02, 2019, 07:15 PM EDT
  • The Shriners Hospital for Children Open begins Thursday, Oct. 3 at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.
  • Joshua Perry analyzes his betting card and explains why longshots have success been able to win here.

The PGA Tour heads to Las Vegas this week for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

This can be one of the more difficult tournaments to figure out. There really isn’t much on this course that would trouble these golfers. The distractions come away from the course with the bright lights of Vegas looming large.

Some golfers will treat this as a business trip. Others will see it as a chance to enjoy the city and if they happen to play well, even better.

It’s pretty tough to know where everyone’s focus will be, so I’ll tend to go lighter this week and focus mainly on long shots.

The Course

TPC Summerlin doesn’t really offer much of a test for these guys. The winner will usually get to 20-under par. Once in awhile, the wind will pick up and toughen this place up like when Patrick Cantlay won a few years ago. But only three times since 1989 has the winner shot higher than 20 under.

The course measures 7,255 yards for a par 71. It’s not overly long and there’s a little altitude that makes it play a touch shorter. There’s not really much rough if someone wants to try to bomb and gouge here, but it’s also shorter enough to give the accuracy players a lot of wedge opportunities as well.

Basically, we need someone who will hit 55-60 greens this week and catch a hot putter.

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