Par 71, 7,255 yards
TPC Summerlin is a 7,223 yard par 71 and has played host to this event since 2008. Previous winners include Smylie Kaufman (2015), Ben Martin (2014), Webb Simpson (2013), Ryan Moore (2012), Kevin Na (2011) and Jonathan Byrd (2010).
The winning score has been around the 20 under par mark since 2008 and usually yields a lot of birdies. This course has three par 5’s, which will be reachable by the majority of the field, four par 3’s and 11 par 4’s. This course is quite picturesque and meanders through creeks and canyons in the Nevada desert.
Accuracy off the tee is not of huge importance but if your tee shot is a little too wild, players will be punished. Good putters and players with good GIR stats are worth looking at here as the greens are quite large and are not too difficult by tour standards. Greens in regulation, strokes gained putting and good course history are the ingredients for a good week here.
The course has over 100 bunkers and some water hazards that come into play. However, this course is ranked one of the easiest to play on The PGA Tour with plenty of birdies on offer. Players that have good recent form over the last three or four events tend to go well here.
Local Ryan Moore has had a fairly steady start to the season with a T17 at The CIMB Classic in Malaysia and a T23 at The WGC HSBC Champions last week which would have been a lot better if it weren’t for a final round 75.
He had a great week in Hazeltine winning two points from three for his US team. He beat Willett and Westwood 1 up with partner J.B. Holmes in the Saturday Fourballs and followed that with a stunning singles win over Lee Westwood on the Sunday and putted well throughout the week. He was playing well before the Ryder Cup with a win at The John Deere, T7 at The Barclays, T8 at The Deautsche Bank and a playoff loss at The Tour Championship.
He has a great record here over the last few years finishing T9 in 2013, a win in 2012, T7 in 2009 and a T24 in 2008. With home advantage and a great record here Moore could have a great week.
Piercy had a bad start in China last week and found it hard to recover after an opening round 79. He did bounce back with a 72,74,72 finish on a course that didn’t appear to suit his game. Despite that Piercy has started the season well and comes here in good form. He had a good week at The Safeway finishing T3 and followed that with a T10 at The CIMB in Malaysia. He had some great finishes towards the end of last season with a T2 at The US Open, a solo second at The WGC Bridgestone, T22 at The Barclays and a T24 at the BMW.
Piercy has played well here in the past with three top 10’s and a top 25 in his last four appearances. He finished T10 in 2011, T6 in 2012, T7 in 2014 and T25 last year. He ranks 10th in SG tee to green, 30th in SGP, 15th SG off the tee. With a solid record here and decent current form Piercy could be worth a look here.
Grayson Murray 55/1
This guy looks an incredible future prospect and comes to Vegas in superb form. He had a great finish to the Web.com Tour finishing solo seventh at The News Sentinal Open, solo third at The Albertsons Boise Open shooting a pair of 64’s in rounds 3 and 4 and a win at The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Open. He had a good start to his PGA Tour season with respectable T8 at The Sanderson Farms last week shooting 67,65 in the first two rounds.
Last season on the web.com Murray was averaging just under 320 yards off the tee ranking fourth in driving distance. He also ranked fifth in putting average, third in par 4 scoring and first in par 5 scoring, all these stats bode well around here. He seems to have a very good all round game and looks to be generously priced here especially in this field.
Ryo Ishikawa 70/1
Ishikawa is playing super golf lately both in the US and Japan. He won the KBC Augusta in Japan and followed that with a second in the Fusankei Classic, third in the ANA Open and a T7 at The Japan Open. He then went to Malaysia and finished T10 at the CIMB Classic and didn’t shoot worse than a 70 all week finishing 13 under in total.
He has played well around TPC Summerlin in the past finishing T2 in 2013 and didn’t shoot worse than a 68 all week including a final round 65 and finished T28 in 2014. Ishikawa looks to be in flying form and after playing well here twice before, he could another player to keep an eye on at generous odds.
Final selections –
Ryan Moore 1pt EW 18/1
Scott Piercy 1pt EW 28/1
Grayson Murray 0.5pts EW 55/1
Ryo Ishikawa 0.5pts EW 70/1
Total staked = 6pts
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