The PGA Tour visits Sin City
The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is set for Oct. 8-11 at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here's what our best Shriners Hospitals for Children Open lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Bryson DeChambeau ($11,800)
The Modesto Mad Scientist makes his triumphant return to the Tour after his breakthrough U.S. Open win, and he does it at a course where he's tasted success before — a win in 2018 and a T4 last year that included a final-round 63. In other words, he's the overwhelming favorite this week. Shockingly, given that he's at the vanguard of the distance revolution, DeChambeau ranks only 15th in Driving Distance on the young season (325.8), so look for a Happy Gilmore-style unleashing of the big stick on the receptive fairways of TPC Summerlin to remedy that statistical anomaly.
Kevin Na ($8,600)
The defending champion is a Vegas resident who's making only his second appearance of the 2020-21 season, following a missed cut at the U.S. Open, but he's back on familiar turf. Na played his way to East Lake a few weeks ago to cap a season that featured three other top 10s in addition to his win at TPC Summerlin. He flashed flatstick prowess during a 62-61 Friday-Saturday showing at the Shriners last year on his way to victory, and it was no fluke; Na ranked 5th in SG: Putting in 2019-20. Keep that up, and he could visit the cage to cash another big Vegas check.
Will Zalatoris ($8,300)
Zalatoris is in the field on yet another sponsor's exemption as he attempts to points-race his way to a Tour card — he's 95 points away from a special temporary Tour membership. A missed cut at the Sanderson Farms tapped the brakes on Zalatoris mania, but his previous two finishes (a T6 at the U.S. Open and T8 at the Corales Puntacana) show that this Korn Ferry stud is ready for the big stage.
Charley Hoffman ($7,800)
Hoff's recent comments suggest that he's been seduced by DeChambeau's latter-day grip-it-and-rip-it sorcery. It's nice to see an old guy (he's 43) who's not set in his ways. Hoffman had a tidy T6 at the Sanderson Farms on the heels of a T14 at the Corales Puntacana, so he's trending positive.
Brandt Snedeker ($7,300)
Now that's more like it. Sneds rewarded our seemingly misplaced faith in him at the Sanderson Farms with a T17 despite a frustrating final-round 73. Most encouraging: His putting was as strong as ever, with no misses inside 10 feet on Thursday or Sunday. Let's see if he can build a little momentum.
Smylie Kaufman ($6,000)
It's been a massive struggle for Kaufman, who's making his first start since February and has made two cuts in his last 30 starts. But there's talent in there somewhere — Kaufman's only Tour title came at the Shriners in 2015 on the strength of a final-round 61, so he's either a lurking course horse or a one-trick pony. He did play in the final group at The Masters in 2016.
(Photo courtesy of @b_dechambeau)