We head to Las Vegas this week where a great field has assembled for the birdie-fest that is the Shriners Open.

Bryson DeChambau won this event at -21 last year and that may not win it this year given the soft conditions expected wind-wise – this course is very forgiving off the tee and can be attacked pretty much from 1-18.

We’re taking guys who can putt who have performed well here in the past with a view to ownership as well.


Patrick Cantlay ($21,900): He has a 1st and a 2nd in two starts here and he has torn this course up both times. Struck the ball well last week, he was just let down with his putter and around the green in what were windy conditions on the weekend. That won’t be a factor here.

Webb Simpson ($18,710): Great course history, putts the lights out and is a very safe selection up top in a range where the field will likely go to the Scott’s and Matsuyama’s. Simpson always starts well and on his home course I expect a big three-figure return here.

Gary Woodland ($17,700): Likely to be very low-owned but has played really well at this course in previous starts and always starts well fresh. He should be able to take driver everywhere here and dominate this course.

Joaquin Niemann ($17,290): Few people may jump off Niemann this week but a T10 last year at this event plus the recent form has me going straight back. Love his chances to go 2 wins to start 2020.

Chez Reavie ($15,790): Putting let him down big time last week. Has solid course history and is just a really safe selection to make the weekend as a 5th man in. If the putter clicks he will contend.

Kurt Kitayama ($8,000): Our all-star lineup is made possible by our last-man in at flat minimum. Kitayama is a Euro player who is coming off three consecutive top 40 finishes including a solid T14 last start at the PGA at Wentworth. Like his chances to make the cut here.

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