The PGA Tour heads from Mississippi to Sin City for this week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin
The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open always attracts a reasonably good field at TPC Summerlin. It’s hard to turn down a trip to Las Vegas playing one of the easier courses on the PGA Tour. Not to mention it’s usually scheduled after the four majors in the silly season.
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In a topsy turvy 2020, the tournament’s stature grows a bit. Most big names sat out the last two weeks after getting their faces beat in at Winged Foot. Only five more events stand in the way of a rare November Masters, so it’s time to start ramping back up.
Those aforementioned big names will play in the pair of no-cut money grab events coming up next in the CJ Cup and Zozo Championship, but a good handful are also teeing it up this week.
It’s a home game for many Las Vegas residents on Tour and is an easy flight or drive for the contingent in Arizona or California. The Vegas strip isn’t what it normally is right now, but there’s still plenty to do in the City of Sin.
The winds gusted like crazy to limit the winning score to 9-under in 2017, but this event is usually a birdie fest in the desert. The weather forecast this week has lows in the 60s and highs in the 80s-90s. Sustained winds of 10-20 miles per hour could make things tricky.
The tournament began in 1983 and was a 90-hole event until 2003.
It was played at numerous courses in Las Vegas until settling on current host, TPC Summerlin, in 2008. The course is a Bobby Weed/Fuzzy Zoeller design that opened in 1992. It’s a par 71 playing 7,255 yards
TPC Summerlin sits at 2,700 feet of elevation (just over half than the Barracuda Championship and about a third at the WGC-Mexico). The rough isn’t overly penal and the fairways run fast. Some native areas can lead to unplayable lies, but otherwise it’s very much possible to bomb and gouge your way to victory here. Short hitters can gain distance on the ground.
The bentgrass greens are larger than average and run average speed but could be quicker this week with hot temperatures and wind.
All playing styles can win the Shriners in a given year. An advantage in 2020 could be a good wind player and good ball strikers, in general.
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