Welcome to the 2018 Shriners Open Champions Fantasy Picks and Pro-Tip
News and Notes
Withdraws: Andrew Putnam, Ernie Els
Full field event. Cut sweats. Shot link. We’re back baby! The Shriners Open is played at TPC Summerlin which is a Par 71 course that plays to 7,255 yards and was 27th on tour in par adjusted distance last season. TPC Summerlin also features the 4th narrowest fairways on the tour and pinch at 300 yards. Last year the course played as the 10th most difficult but it was a windy weekend and the winning score will typically range from -15 to -20 versus the -9 we saw last year in Patrick Cantlay’s victory. For some golfers this will be there first event of the season, while others will be traveling back from a few weeks in Asia.
Course Fit and Course History
Leveraging DataGolf’s historic event data we are able to leverage strokes gained data from previous events. TPC Summerlin has played as a fairly neutral course over the years with slight under-index to strokes gained off the tee and a slightly higher emphasis on strokes gained putting and around the green. The strong course history players are also a bit of a mixed bag in terms of skillset with surprising names like Jason Bohn and Alex Cejka, steady players like Ryan Moore and Webb Simpson, and some local ties to Las Vegas like Scott Piercy and Kevin Na.
Whether the ties to Las Vegas are due to course familiarity (a cheeky way of avoiding course history) or the ability to dodge the Vegas Flu, there are a few players with Vegas ties in the field. Piercy, Na, Moore, and Cejka all have local ties and have done well here. Aaron Wise and Sang-Moon Bae also live local to the area.