PGA Tour: Time to pat Scottie…

The PGA Tour heads to the Sin City this week, with TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas hosting the Shriners Children’s Open.

The victorious players on the American Ryder Cup team are gradually reintroducing themselves back into the Tour, although regular Shriners contenders Patrick Cantlay and Bryson DeChambeau are giving the tournament a miss this year.

Brooks Koepka and Scottie Scheffler do tee it up on Thursday, and it’s the latter that we prefer. The young American is still searching for his first win on the PGA Tour and so will be extremely hungry to take advantage of this opportunity.

Scheffler was one of the stars on the American team, winning 2.5 points from three matches, incuding defeating European talisman Jon Rahm 4&3 in the Sunday singles. Confidence must be coursing through his veins, and we’ll take that to translate into a maiden PGA Triumph.

Across the Atlantic, the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid hosts the Spanish Open.

This tournament seems to depend on whether world no. 1 Jon Rahm has recovered from his exertions at Whistling Straits – he has won this for the last two years and has superb record in regulation European Tour events.

That said, he’s only 9/4 and this is likely to be a low-scoring event where it will be more difficult for him to demonstrate his obvious superiority. We’ll pass, knowing it could come back to bite us.

Instead we’ll side with Adri Arnaus.

The big-hitting Spaniard will also be keen to win his national open, and a relative easy course could be right up the street for a player that lies third on Tour for putts per greens-in-regulation, and sixth for strokes-gained putting.

He has a good record at home tournaments, finishing tied second in the 2019 Andalucia Masters and fourth in the Canary Islands Championship in May. We think he can shine this week.


Shriners: Scheffler to win, 1 pt, at 22/1, widely available

Spanish Open: Arnaus, 0.5 pts each way, at 40/1, 1/5 the odds for the first 6 places, SkyBet


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