Our fantasy golf power rankings for the Shriners Children’s Open focus on the golfers near the top of odds board and highlight who to select in your pools this week.
The PGA Tour stops in Sin City this week for the Shriners Children’s Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas. There is a clear-cut top tier in the field consisting of Patrick Cantlay, defending champion Sungjae Im, and Max Homa.
Emerging star Tom Kim is also in the field, and he garnered attention and praise throughout the Presidents Cup. Joining Im and Kim from the International Team are Cam Davis, Si Woo Kim, K.H. Lee, Mito Pereira, Taylor Pendrith, and Christiaan Bezuidenhout.
While top heavy, this is a respectable field with a deep secondary tier of talented players.
TPC Summerlin rewards a strong tee-to-green game. The two predominant approach distances are from the 100-125-yard and 125-150-yard ranges. Putting is also a key stat this week. Im gained a tournament-high 2.62 strokes from tee to green and ninth-highest 1.38 strokes putting on the field to win the 2021 Shriners.
Here’s a peek at the top of the Shriners Children's Open odds list from DraftKings Sportsbook as of Monday morning.
Shriners Children's Open Odds
Shriners Children's Open Fantasy Golf Power Rankings
This is a homecoming event for the Vegas native and UNLV grad. Taylor Montgomery has consecutive top-10 showings to start the 2022-23 PGA Tour season, and he ranks second in strokes gained putting and fifth in SG: total through the two events. As the tournament fields become stronger, I’m less inclined to bet on Montgomery, but the window is still open this week.
In strong current form, Emiliano Grillo played the weekend in six of his past seven events while posting three top-five results, including a T-5 finish last week at the Sanderson Farms Championship. He finished fifth in both SG: approach and SG: total last week, and appears set to rebound from an underwhelming ball-striking season in 2021-22. Grillo gained just 3.02 strokes on the field on approaches last season after ranking 12th in the statistic and gaining 46.14 strokes the year prior.
Canadian Taylor Pendrith shot an opening-round 65 at TPC Summerlin last year, but he didn’t impress the rest of the tournament and lost .899 strokes on approach. He’s fifth in SG: tee-to-green and 12th in SG: approach in this field through his past 20 rounds, though, so a strong showing wouldn’t be a surprise. I expect Pendrith to be competitive in weaker fields all season, and his Presidents Cup experience should instill additional confidence when competing in bigger events.
A lackluster Saturday 74 prevented Thomas Detry from a larger payday last week at the Sanderson Farms Championship, as he finished T-9 despite being the co-leader after 36 holes. Still, he’s a player I’m confident in over the long haul. Driving accuracy has been the only statistical weakness in his game, and he also finished inside the top 25 in six of seven PGA Tour events dating back to last year. While there have been only two tournaments this season, Detry ranking ninth in scoring average is an early indication he has the game to contend.
Aaron Wise finished T-8 at the Shriners last season, and he ranks ninth in this field in SG: tee-to-green and seventh in SG: total through his past 20 rounds. The fact his only PGA Tour win was all the way back in 2018 has me fading his chances of winning outright, especially at such short odds. He profiles as more of a high-floor target for poolies.
Check out the latest comprehensive and most trusted Sportsbook Reviews by SBR.
Even if Homa is among the best players in this field and won his last PGA Tour start at the Fortinet Championship before going 4-0 at the Presidents Cup, I don’t love the fact he missed the cut at TPC Summerlin in each of his past four visits. Sometimes a course just doesn’t fit your eye. There’s also no discount in his odds based on his discouraging course history, either.
Chalk Cameron Davis’ missed cut at the Fortinet Championship up to him looking ahead to the Presidents Cup. He played the weekend in each of his previous nine tournaments with six top-20 finishes and another three inside the top 10. Davis is another golfer I’m not overly confident in winning at TPC Summerlin this week, but I do foresee him having a nice tournament. He enters the Shriners ranked 13th in SG: tee-to-green and 12th in SG: total in this field through his past 52 rounds.
The defending champion finished last season sixth in SG: total and 13th in scoring average, and Im doesn’t have any statistical weaknesses in his game. He’s an obvious contender to win this event for a second consecutive season, but I’ll be watching from outside the ropes. He’s a priority pick in pools, though.
Kim has catapulted himself into stardom, and at least to date, he’s outshone the spotlight. I wish the odds were a little higher, but I’m backing the 20-year-old South Korean. He ranks second in this field in SG: approach and SG: total through his past 28 rounds. Plus, Kim has a win and two more top-10 finishes across his past seven starts.
Your mileage may vary, but I don’t bet golfers at such low odds. While the number probably reinforces Cantlay’s standing as the best player in the field, an attached win probability of 14.3% is incredibly high and bordering on egregious. I’d love to see a betting market available with corresponding odds to bet that Cantlay won’t win.
Still, if I had to make a single pick this week, it would be Cantlay. His eighth-place finish in 2020 was his worst in four trips to TPC Summerlin, and he preceded it with consecutive second-place results and a win in the 2017 event.
Where to Bet on the Shriners Children's Open
Here are our top-rated sportsbooks:
Shriners Children's Open Power Rankings made 10/3/2022 at 3:30 p.m. ET.