The third event of the PGA Tour 2022 season will take place at the TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, one of two consecutive tournaments that will be held in the gambling capital of the world. Last week’s Sanderson Farms Championship, won by Sam Burns for his second career Tour victory, attracted only one Ryder Cup player, but this week there will be six in the field.
This tournament has been contested in some form since 1983 and was originally a 90-hole event contested over multiple venues, but has been played over 72 since 2004. For the last 19 years, TPC Summerlin has hosted the tournament after being one of several courses used throughout its 38-year history.
Tiger Woods defeated Davis Love III in a playoff in 1996 for his first of 82 PGA Tour victories, joining a long list of champions who were also major tournament winners, including Love III, Fuzzy Zoeller, Curtis Strange, Greg Norman, three-time winner Jim Furyk, Paul Azinger, Bob Tway and Bryson DeChambeau. Last year’s winner was Martin Laird, who won his second Shriners Children’s Open by sinking a 23-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to beat Austin Cook and Matthew Wolff after the trio finished regulation with a score of 23 under par 261, one stroke off the tournament record.
The TPC Summerlin is a 7,255 yard, par 71 layout, short by PGA Tour standards as well as being at an elevation of 2700 feet in the dry desert. Traditionally, it yields low scores and two players have shot 11 eleven under par rounds of 60 during the Shriners Children’s Open.
After two events sandwiched around the Ryder Cup, the third event of the season boasts the best field so far, with 11 of the top 25 players in the Official World Golf Rankings playing this week, including Brooks Koepka, Harris English, and Scottie Scheffler from the United States Ryder Cup team, recently named Rookie of the Year Will Zalatoris and last week’s winner Sam Burns. It’s still a good opportunity for new Tour members and players farther down the rankings to take advantage of the lack of top players in the early season events.
Koepka and Abraham Ancer lead the odds list at +1600, followed at +1800 by former Open Championship winner Louis Oosthuizen and past U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson, who may have some extra incentive after being left off the U.S. Ryder Cup team by captain Steve Stricker. Six players share odds of +2200 to round out the top ten: English, Scheffler, European Ryder Cupper Viktor Hovland, two-time Shriners Children’s Open winner Kevin Na, Burns, and Zalatoris.
Also in the field at +2500 is Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Reed at +4000 after being passed over for a Ryder Cup spot, Rickie Fowler has odds of +8000 as he attempts to break out of a prolonged slump and last week’s third-round leader Sahith Theegala is at +10000. The two other members of the European Ryder Cup team in the field are Paul Casey with odds of +2500 and Ian Poulter at +6000.