Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open 2014 Preview

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open 2014 Preview

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Shriners Hospitals for Children Open | Thursday 16 October - Sunday 19 October | TPC Summerlin

The 2014/2015 PGA Tour season is now in full swing and this week it heads to Las Vegas for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. This instalment of the tournament will be played at TPC Summerlin, as it has been for the last few years, and not much has changed as the course is still an easy 7,255 yard par 71 with a scoring average of just below 70. Last year Webb Simpson came home lonely when he decimated the field by an incredible six shots but despite that domination, his game is in such poor shape at the moment that he has been priced up at 20/1. I’m definitely going to be avoiding him this week and will try to find some value as tournaments like these lend themselves to upsets.

There are very few difficulties that the field will face on this course and it’s all going to come down to whom can make the most birdies. With that in mind, one stat that may be worth looking at is accuracy from 125 yards. Another key aspect of the game will be putting so keep an eye on players who are good on and around the greens. This is definitely going to be a hotly contested affair and you can expect a lot of birdies over the four days. Who will be making the most though? Let’s have a look.

To Win Outright
Billy Horschel  12/1
Hideki Matsuyama  18/1
Jimmy Walker  20/1
Ryan Moore  20/1
Webb Simpson  20/1

Ryo Ishikawa (75/1 a win, 16/1 a place)
Ryo Ishikawa ticks a whole lot of boxes this week and I’m pleasantly surprised to see the talented Japanese golfer available at 75/1. He’s always been incredibly accurate off the tee, which isn’t too important this week, but he also generally manages to land the ball between 175 and 125 yards from the pin and it is in that range that he thrives. He’ll definitely find himself there a lot this week and if he hits his irons well he’ll make a lot of birdies. Ishikawa’s best score is 58 and if that doesn’t show he knows how to make birdies, nothing does. Each way looks good here.

Kevin Na (28/1 a win, 62/10 a place)
We haven’t heard much from Kevin Na recently but he has won here before and his game looks to be in pretty decent shape at the moment, two facts that make for an appealing each way bet. He finished T9 at the Barclays and that was one of five Top 10 finishes he managed to get under his belt last season. He’ll be looking to get his season off to a flying start and what better way to do so than with a win. Each way on Na looks a bit of value, get on.

Martin Laird (28/1 a win, 62/10 a place)
Martin Laird is another previous winner of this event, having claimed victory here in 2009, and in 2010 he managed to follow that finish up with a second place, proving that the course suits his game to a tee. On top of that course form, which may be a bit sketchy because those victories came a while ago, he arrives here on the back of a third place finish at the Fry’s.com Open and a T6 that he managed at the Barracuda Championship. At 28/1 Martin Laird looks a great bet, get on.

TOP BET: Charles Howell (55/1 a win, 12/1 a place)
Charles Howell loves TPC Summerlin and a quick look at his tournament form proves that. Last year he managed to find himself in the Top 5 in an event dominated by Webb Simpson but before that he had finished inside the Top 20 in his last four starts. He thrived at this time of the year last season and managed five Top 10s from November to December. If he finds that end of year form again he could be one to keep an eye on over the next few months. At 55/1 and in a tournament he enjoys, Charles Howell is my best bet for this week.

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