The strongest PGA Tour field we’ve seen since the US Open is in Las Vegas, Nevada, this week for the 2020 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. The 144-man field is fronted by US Open champ and Golfweek/Sagarin‘s 10th-ranked golfer, Bryson DeChambeau, who’s the tournament betting favorite at +650. Below, we look at the 2020 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open betting odds, and make our PGA Tour picks and best bets to win.
2020 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Betting Picks – Favorite
Scottie Scheffler (+2800)
Scheffler was the prohibitive betting favorite for last week’s Sanderson Farms Championship at +900 on the pre-tournament odds. He finished just T-37 in his first event since the Tour Championship after having to withdraw from the US Open following a positive COVID-19 test.
His betting odds have risen considerably in the much stronger field, but he’s now a tremendous value while sharing the seventh-best odds to win. Scheffler placed in the top five in three of his last four events prior to his forced break, all against stiff competition in the PGA Championship and through the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
His early return to play last week is likely to prove a benefit over this week’s other top contenders.
2020 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Betting Picks – Contender
Matt Kuchar (+9000)
This is purely a value pick for the 32nd-ranked golfer in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Kuchar missed the cut at both the PGA Championship and US Open against the world’s best, but he mixed in a T-25 finish at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational and a T-18 at The Northern Trust in his last five events.
He has played 13 career rounds at TPC Summerlin with an average of 1.35 strokes gained per round on the field, according to Data Golf. He has the short game and putting stroke to get back on track in Las Vegas as he prepares for another run at the Masters in a little over a month’s time.
2020 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Betting Picks – Long shot
MJ Daffue (+17500)
The stronger field this week greatly lowers the chances for a long-shot winner in Sin City, but Daffue is coming off a T-12 finish last week at the Sanderson Farms Championship. He led the field with 1.96 Strokes Gained: Approach per round and ranked fourth with 2.62 SG: Tee-to-Green.
The 31-year-old South African also tied for 22nd at the Workday Charity Open in a strong field in mid-July. He’s one of just 13 golfers in the field debuting at TPC Summerlin, but he’s worth a shot with a $10 bet returning a profit of $1,750.
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