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After yet another marvelous event down in Jackson, Mississippi, the 2022-23 PGA Tour schedule continues this week with the 2022 Shriners Children's Open in Las Vegas, Nevada. TPC Summerlin, located less than 25 minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip, has been a host of the tournament for nearly 20 years.

While the 2022 Shriners Children's Open serves as another "swing-season" event, the field for this week has significantly improved from the Sanderson Farms Championship. Patrick Cantlay, the 2021 PGA Tour Player of the Year, comes in as the heavy favorite at +600. 2021 winner Sungjae Im (+900), Max Homa (+1400), Aaron Wise (+1800), and Tom Kim (+2200) are the only players currently listed below 30/1 odds.

The top of the betting board is thin once again this week, but there are 18 players currently jammed between 35/1 and 60/1. Korn Ferry Tour stud Taylor Montgomery (+3500), Cam Davis (+4000), Tom Hoge (+5500), Si Woo Kim (+5500), and Rickie Fowler (+6000) are a few of the more notable players from that range.

COURSE BREAKDOWN

Opened in 1991, TPC Summerlin stretches 7,255 yards with fast bentgrass greens and plays as a par-71. Designed by historic golf architect Bobby Weed, the course features canyons, valleys, water hazards, and plays approximately 2,700 feet above sea level.

With the dry Las Vegas heat and the high elevation, players should have no issue with distance this week at TPC Summerlin. Among the three par 5s, two of them will play at less than 570 yards and rate out as the easiest holes on the course. While the par-5 13th does play over 600 yards, most players still tend to capitalize on the opportunity and make birdie on this hole.

Out of the 11 par 4s, seven of them play between 400-450 yards. Considering all of the environmental factors, a majority of the second shots on the par 4s should come from 100-150 yards out. As usual on the PGA Tour, a strong wedge and short-iron game will be crucial in order to contend this week.

In each of the past three trips to TPC Summerlin, the winning score has been at least 23-under par. We'll likely have another birdie fest on our hands this time around, meaning that a player needs to be able to score well to have a shot at the title.

KEY STATS

Strokes Gained: Approach

Par 4s Gained: 400-450 Yards

Strokes Gained: 125-150 yards

Opportunities Gained

Fairways Gained

Strokes Gained: Putting (Fast Bentgrass)

PAST WINNERS

2021: Sungjae Im (-24)

2020: Martin Laird (-23)

2019: Kevin Na (-23)

2018: Bryson DeChambeau (-21)

2017: Patrick Cantlay (-9)

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OUTRIGHT FAVORITES

Tom Kim (+2200)

After another impressive showing in his debut at the Presidents' Cup, Kim comes in as one of the favorites this week for a reason. The 20-year-old South Korean already has a PGA Tour win under his belt and continues to flash his prodigious potential week after week.

Not only does Kim enter the Shriners with some steam, but his skill set should fit perfectly with what's required at TPC Summerlin. Driving accuracy and hitting fairways are two keys to victory at this course, and that's been Kim's bread and butter thus far in his PGA Tour career.

Kim ranks second in the field in Total Fairways Gained over the past 24 rounds and should get help with his distance thanks to the altitude.

TPC Summerlin usually plays as one of the easier tracks on the schedule, and Kim's ability to score in bunches will help his chances in a birdie fest. Kim leads the field in both Strokes Gained: Approach and Birdie or Better: Gained over the past 24 rounds. 

The recent form and course fit are undeniable this week, giving Kim an ample opportunity to snatch up the second victory in his last four PGA Tour starts.

Cam Davis (+4000)

Another member of the Internationals Team that should be riding high after the Presidents Cup, Davis enters this week with five top-16 finishes in his past seven starts.

Davis hits the ball a long way off the tee (35th in driving distance in 2021-22) and ranked 34th in birdie average last season on the PGA Tour. The 27-year-old Aussie also ranks second in the field over the past 24 rounds in Birdie or Better: Gained, which will be needed with the winning score expected to be 20-under or lower.

Aside from his missed cut at the Fortinet Championship to kick off this season, Davis has gained strokes with his approach shots in 14 of his last 15 events. Davis also finished last season ninth on Tour in approaches from 100-125 yards and 25th in approaches from 125-150 yards.

With the ability to rack up birdies and being a strong course fit, Davis should be in contention once again this week at TPC Summerlin.

Emiliano Grillo (+5000)

Grillo was in contention late on Sunday at the Sanderson Farms Championship before blowing up on the par-5 15th en route to a T5 finish. Once again, the tee-to-green game was spectacular, and he gained strokes with the putter for the fifth consecutive event.

The 30-year-old Argentian now has four top-25 results in his past five PGA Tour starts and continues to play some of the best golf of his career.

Grillo always feels like a better fit on the more gettable tracks, and he ranks third in the field over the past 24 rounds in Birdie or Better: Gained.

Great form, incredible ball-striking numbers, a hot putter -- I'll be betting Grillo until his run inevitably comes to an end.

LONGSHOT PICKS

Matthew NeSmith (+8000)

Thanks to a final round of eight-under 64, NeSmith jumped up the leaderboard on Sunday at the Sanderson Farms Championship and finished T9. With three consecutive top-20 results at TPC Summerlin, NeSmith feels worthy of a flyer this week with 80/1 odds.

NeSmith was 44th on the PGA Tour last season in driving accuracy percentage and 41st in Strokes Gained: Tee-To-Green. While the possibility of this event turning into a putting contest is worrisome, the 29-year-old South Carolina native has gotten by on this track in each of his first three appearances.

Beau Hossler (+13000)

Hossler is one of the best putters in the field this week, ranking fifth on the PGA Tour in Strokes Gained: Putting last season.

In four previous starts at TPC Summerlin, Hossler has made the cut on each occasion, with no finish worse than T34.

With his tee-to-green game finally showing life at the Fortinet Championship, this week feels like the right time and place to take a chance on Hossler. Be wary of some 'Sunday Scaries' with the driver if he is in contention, though.