Sobel’s 2019 Shriners Open Betting Preview: Even at Short Odds, Webb Simpson Is Worth a Shot

Oct 02, 2019 07:15 PM EDT
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Adam Hagy, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Webb Simpson

  • The Shriners Hospital for Children Open begins Thursday, Oct. 3 at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.
  • Jason Sobel analyzes the field and explains why Webb Simpson and Harold Varner III could be worth a bet.

I should probably start this week’s preview with something about players trying to hit the jackpot or a reminder that what happens at this tournament stays at this tournament or just screaming an all-caps “VEGAS, BABY!”

Meh. Too cliched.

Besides, if every reference to the Las Vegas-based PGA Tour event is about gambling, that would be a blind suggestion that action doesn’t similarly take place in other locations — a suggestion which would pretty much negate the whole point of this piece in the first place.

That said, I have always wanted to embed at this tourney with a player, one who’s using it as an excuse to party and play the tables during the 19 hours he’s not on the golf course. Only problem? I’ve yet to find a player who will admit to this strategy.


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There is a correlation, though, between winners of this event and guys who aren’t partying 19 hours a day. Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Cantlay, the last two champions here at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, are amongst the most serious pros when it comes to being focused on their games. That’s not to say we should only load up on teetotalers for this one, but it’s also not the worst idea.

Speaking of correlations, DeChambeau and Cantlay also happen to be the last two winners at the Memorial Tournament. I’m not so sure we can make a specific connection between TPC Summerlin and Muirfield Village, but just in case, I’ve got Adam Scott and Byeong Hun An, a couple of runners-up to those recent Memorial winners, on the list below.

Outright Winner

One player to win the tournament.

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