This is Las Vegas in the Nevada desert, a good third of the Top 100 Global has chosen to fight. With prize money significantly revised upwards, the field of the 2013 edition (but that counts for the 2014 season) was very proud look. So who will break the bank?
Usually placed before the Frys.com Open in the Fall Series, the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (formerly Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open) comes just after this time. A picture of the same Frys.com Open that was played last week in California (victory Jimmy Walker), the Shriners Hospitals completely changes the status in this calendar revamped PGA Tour straddles two calendar years. In addition to providing tickets to the Masters next to the eventual winner, the tournament has significantly inflated its prize money from 4.5 million in 2012 to 6,000,000 today. This explains the presence of many top names in the field of 132 players that starts Thursday in Las Vegas, on the TPC Summerlin. In the Nevada desert.
Tops 7 10 8 Start:
The organizers may well count on 29 of the top 100 golfers in the world rankings last updated late Sunday evening.
Victorious September 15 the BMW Championship, the third part of the FedEx Cup playoffs in 2013, Zach Johnson, No. 11 worldwide, recent winner of the Presidents Cup with the United States (3 wins, 1 loss) at Muirfield Village (Ohio) , is seven Tops 10 in his last eight outings. Suffice to say that the former hero of Masters 2007 is in great favorite in the city game.
Webb Simpson also won the Presidents Cup, returns to the TPC Summerlin for the first time since 2010. That year, he was offered the 4th place finish. A little less for this season Zach Johnson, the world number 24, a U.S. Open 2012 meter, is still in a good phase including his fourth place TOUR Championship, the final FedEx Cup there is a little less a month played in Atlanta (Georgia).
Ryan Moore, The Course Record Holder At -10:
14th in the same tournament on the course of East Lake but only second at the BMW Championship, Nick Watney, No. 27 world, however much appreciate this shift in Nevada. Sixth in 2010, second in 2011, he got a new Top 10 last year (10th). The average score for three years is also significant: 66.67 for 71. Not bad indeed.
Among the foreign players, it will be interesting to both the Japanese Hideki Matsuyama and Canadian Graham DeLaet teammates with the international team at the last Presidents Cup. The first, 29th in the world rankings, discovers the PGA Tour in a comprehensive and just signed a nice 3rd place Frys.com Open. The second, No. 32 worldwide, which is the return to the Shriners since his 18th place in 2010, he proves, with its five Tops 10 of his last 13 starts, he is also able to s’ impose this week.
One thing is certain, there will inevitably be performing on a path that happens very rarely defend themselves. This par 71, 6622 meters is indeed one of the easiest of the season on the circuit. In 2012, Ryan Moore, the course record holder with 61 (-10), regional stage and incidentally defending champion and was paid a total score of -24 (260).
Players To Watch:
Ryan Moore (USA), Martin Laird (Eco), Angel Cabrera (Arg), John Senden (Aus), Graham DeLaet (Can), Camilo Villegas (Col), Vijay Singh (Fid), Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Ryo Ishikawa (Jap), Tim Clark (AfS), Fredrik Jacobson (Swe), Brendon de Jonge (Zim), Webb Simpson (USA), Nick Watney (USA), JJ Henry (USA), John Huh (USA), Zach Johnson ( USA), Scott Piercy (USA), Patrick Reed (USA), Kyle Stanley (USA), Jimmy Walker (USA), Chris Kirk (USA), Charles Howell III (USA), Luke Guthrie (USA), Robert Garrigus (U.S. ), Brian Harman (USA), Jeff Overton (USA), David Toms (USA), Michael Putnam (USA), John Peterson (USA), Brooks Koepka (USA).
To Follow The Shriners Hospitals For Children Open (PGA Tour) On TV:
Thursday, October 17: 1st round at 23:00 (Golf +) to 1:30 (Sport +).
Friday, October 18: second round at 23:00 (Golf +) to 0:55 (Sport +).
Saturday, October 19: 3rd round at 23:00 (Golf +) to 0:40 (Sport +).
Sunday, October 20: Round 4 at 23:00 (Golf +) to 0:40 (Sport +).