The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is the third event of the 2021-22 PGA Tour season and is set for October 7-10. The event, which was founded in 1983, is an annual tournament currently played at TPC Summerlin, located just west of central Las Vegas, Nevada.
The event was originally played over five rounds on multiple other layouts. At its inception, the tournament was very attractive to tour players with the largest purse at the time of $750,000. Fuzzy Zoeller took home the $135,000 winner’s check the first year. The purse for the event reached $1,125,00 the following year, making it the first event in PGA Tour history with a purse above $1 million. In 1985, the tournament moved from the fall to late March then to May the following year. A few years after returning to the fall schedule, Tiger Woods put his name on the PGA Tour map with his first victory in the 1996 event, defeating Davis Love III in a playoff.
Ten years later, the tournament was reduced to the traditional 72 holes over four days. The Shriners Hospital for Children took over the event in 2007. Justin Timberlake hosted a benefit concert during the week of the tournament while he was hosting the event from 2009 through 2012.
Marin Laird of Scotland earned his fourth PGA Tour victory, and first since 2013, in last season’s event. He shot a 23-under par 261 and won in a three-way playoff over Austin Cook and Matthew Wolff. Laird took home $1,260,000 of the $7,000,000 purse for his victory.
Brooks Koepka seems to be the favorite amongst bookmakers, with odds of +1600, followed by Louis Oosthuizen with odds priced at +1800. Abraham Ancer, Scottie Scheffler, Webb Simpson all priced at +2000 to win the tournament and odds of +330 to reach the top five. The PGA Tour is a very competitive event, with only two players to have won the tournament multiple times. Jim Furyk, who is not in the field this week, won it back in 1995, 1998, and 1999. Kevin Na has won twice, in 2011 and 2019.
TPC at Summerlin was designed by Bobby Weed, opened in 1991, and plays to a par 71 measuring 7255 yards. The front nine starts have five par 4s, two par 3s, and two par 5s. The par 3 eighth measures 239 yards and the par 5 9th comes in at 563 yards. The back nine begins with three par 4s before the long 606-yard par 5 13th. It follows with the shortest hole on the course, measuring 163 yards, and a 341-yard par 4 that will tempt the longest hitters. The 16th is a 560-yard par 5 before finishing with a par 3 and par 4.
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This year’s field contains 140 players and four alternates. Past winners in the field include Martin Laird, Kevin Na, Webb Simpson, and Ryan Moore. Missing from the event is 2018 champion Bryson DeChambeau and all of the top eight players in the world.
The highest-ranking players in the field are number eight Louis Oosthuizen and number nine Brooks Koepka. Other notable players in the field are Abraham Ancer, Harris English, Paul Casey, Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler, Lucas Glover, Zach Johnson, Marc Leishman, Hideki Matsuyama, Viktor Hovland, Ian Poulter, Patrick Reed, Scottie Scheffler, Brandt Snedeker, Camilo Villegas, Sam Burns, and Will Zalatoras.