VEGAS BABY!  The PGA Tour fall schedule heads to Las Vegas, Nevada for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.  Despite COVID-19 still being ever present, the lure of Sin City brings in a much improved field and also the chance to play on one of the better courses in the country.  The tournament is played at TPC Summerlin which was designed by Bobby Weed and consulted on by Fuzzy Zoeller.  It is consistently ranked by Golf Digest as one of "America's Best" in their "Top 100 Modern Golf Courses in the United States."  Some of the previous winners you may know over the last decade are Ryan Moore (2012), Webb Simpson (2013), Patrick Cantlay (2017 - 1st PGA Tour Victory), Bryson DeChambeau (2018) and Kevin Na twice (2011 & 2019).  All of those players will be in the field this weekend.   

The course went through a major overhaul a few years back after nearly 25 years.  All 102 bunkers were redone and fitted with white sand.  In a lot of the cases, they were relocated to enhance the value of strategy for today’s talent. The course itself stretches out 7,225 yards and is a Par 71.  That distance is deceiving because of the thin air in Las Vegas, it plays a lot shorter than the actual distance.  The 280 hitters hit it 300, the 300 hitters can stretch it to 320 and so on.  We need birdie makers this weekend because eight of the last ten editions of this event the winner has ended at 20 under par or better.  Players have got to finish 3-5 under par each day to even have a shot at finishing in the Top 10.  Putting is a vital stat every single week and when you look at Kevin Na’s history of winning on this course, it was done on the greens.  In this tournament, the greens in regulation for even the worst golfers are very high.

Before you read this playbook and say to yourself, why didn't he put Bryson in his playbook?  You are more than welcome to play Bryson, he's the man coming off the biggest win of his career.  He's really expensive and I'll have a few shares but I'm going to have more of Webb and Cantlay at the top of the pricing sheet this weekend.  He's a previous winner here and if you can fit him into your lineup, go for it.  I'm putting the players that I will have heavy exposure to this weekend.

It should be a fun week in the desert for these players and hopefully we all can bring home big cash in DFS.  Good luck!

KEY STATS TO TARGET: Strokes Gained: Approach, Strokes Gained: Putting, Birdie or Better Percentage, Greens Hit, and Scrambling