2015 Shriners Hospitals For Children Open Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

The tournament with the longest and most confusing name on the PGA Tour- The Childrens Shriners Hospitals For Childrens Shriners Cars Are Awesome Childrens I Love Those Old Dudes Cruisin’ Around On Those Little Cars Open For Hosptials Childrens  Kids Open (hey, not making fun, just having fun—I know it’s for a great cause, it’s just a confusing name) is upon us once again, which means one thing- #birdieplethora.

The TPC Summerlin host course measures out at 7,255 yards, which with Sin City’s elevation and in the ProV1 era (coincidentally the ProV1 made its world debut here back in ’01) is more or less a pitch-and-putt for these boys.  The highest winning score here since Summerlin became the sole host course (’08- it used to be hosted on multiple courses) has been 19-under.  Something tells me that with warm temps and perfect wind-less weather in the forecast all tourney long (shocker),  the 24-under TPC Summerlin scoring record could be in jeopardy this year.

A solid start to the season for my picks last week at the Frys.com Open, as all 4 picks made the cut, including three finishing in t-17th (Hideki, Swafford, Berger).  I also spot-on nailed Steven Bowditch missing the cut as my BUST of the week.

Now, let’s hop into some picks for this week:

LOCKZILLAS (Last week: Hideki t-17th, Koepka t-41st)

Ryan Moore
Ryan Moore
– Despite a surprising and painful missed cut here last year, the local UNLV grad has thrived here in the past, with three top 10s since ’09, including a win in ’12.  His 67-68 weekend at the Frys.com Open last week earned him a t-10th finish, which should give him a confidence boost to contend this week.

Russell Knox
Russell Knox
– I was a wee bit surprised to see Russell fade to follow his opening round 69 last week with a 74 to miss the cut by one stroke, but all that will do is keep his ownership level down even more this week.  Knox led at the halfway mark last year en route to a solo 3rd finish.  He also finished t-30th and t-13th here the two years prior and boasts an actual scoring average of 67.92 here in 12 competitive rounds.  Still in search of that maiden PGA Tour victory, I wouldn’t be surprised whatsoever to see it come this week.

SEMI-FLIER (Last week: Swafford t-17th)

Martin Laird
Martin Laird
– This ’09 Shriners Champ faded mightily the latter half of last season, but showed a spark at last week’s Frys.com Open with an opening 65, before fading to a t-64th finish.  The Scotsman is still a risky play no doubt, but he also finished t-18th here last year and has that PGA Tour winner’s pedigree.  I like for Martin to notch a top 25 this week.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Bowditch MC)

Jimmy Walker
Jimmy Walker
– A horse for course he undoubtedly is, but I’ll let others make the “just look at his history” mistake and stay away until he scrounges together some decent form.  Jimmy has one top ten since March…I repeat that, Jimmy smooth swingin’, free-rollin’, Butch Harmon-taught Jimmy Walker has just one top ten since March.  Yes it’s Vegas, yes he’s still “Mr Fall” Jimmy Walker, but never before has he been cold for this long, he was absolutely abysmal in the Presidents Cup and I don’t suddenly expect him to resurrect his game in the desert this week.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last week: Berger t-17th)

Luke Guthrie
Luke Guthrie
– The 25-year-old enters his fourth full season on the PGA Tour, and despite having an underwhelming pro resume thus far, I’m still buying all of the Guthrie shares that I can pocket as this kid still packs plenty of long-term potential.  There’s no better place for Luke to contend and take home that first Tour trophy than in Vegas, where he finished t-5th two years ago with a pair of 64s on Friday and Sunday sandwiched around a Saturday 71 (in windy conditions).  Luke started the season solid last week with a t-10th place finish at the Frys.com Open and will continue that momentum this week.  Luke Guthrie is your Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD play of the week!

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Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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