The PGA Tour makes its annual stop in Las Vegas this week for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, so it’s appropriate to take a gamble on some high-priced outsiders, writes Phil Casey.
TPC Summerlin is again the host and provides one of the easiest tests of the season, with four of the last five winners shooting 20 under par or better.
That means making birdies and taking advantage of the par fives is likely to be crucial and our first selection did that very well in finishing 25th in the Sanderson Farms Championship last week.
Aaron Wise will not be a familiar name to many people as he enjoys a debut season on the PGA Tour, but the 21-year-old is a former NCAA champion and has won at every level in his fledgling career.
A victory on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada helped secure a Web.com Tour card and June’s win in the Air Capital Classic – where he started with back-to-back rounds of 62 – saw him progress to the PGA Tour full-time.
Wise was also 10th in this event last year when he ranked seventh in proximity to the hole and joint third in par-five scoring average for the week.
Similar stats this week could help him deliver at odds of 100/1 in our Shriners Hospitals for Children Open betting tips.
Tringale and Kaufman have course form
Also available at 100/1 is American Cameron Tringale, who has won almost $10million on the PGA Tour but had to regain his card via the Web.com Tour Championship last month.
Tringale was fifth in that low-scoring event and only let down by a closing 71, while he has made the cut five times in eight appearances at TPC Summerlin, including a tie for second in 2015.
Smylie Kaufman was the man who finished ahead of Tringale on that occasion and the 25-year-old is our final selection at what could prove surprisingly generous odds of 66/1.
Kaufman was a recent Web.com Tour graduate when he won in 2015 and although he has not tasted victory since, he was fourth in Mississippi last week and admits he is motivated by trying to keep pace with good friends Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.
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Best bets for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open