The First Look: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
September 27, 2019
By Adam Stanley, PGATOUR.COM
All-time shots from the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Brooks Koepka, making his 2019-20 PGA TOUR season debut, joins early-season winners Joaquin Niemann and Sebastián Muñoz in Las Vegas for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Koepka, a three-time winner last season, looks to get off to a quick start this fall as he builds toward the Presidents Cup in December, where he will be a vital cog in the Americans’ hopes against the International Team.
One of Koepka’s teammates, Bryson DeChambeau, is the defending champion at TPC Summerling, having beaten another U.S. Team member, Patrick Cantlay, by a single stroke. Cantlay won in Vegas the previous year.
FIELD NOTES: Koepka, who played the Shriners from 2014-17, is making his return to Las Vegas. He’s notched a runner-up, a tie for fourth, and missed the cut twice. … Phil Mickelson will tee it up in Las Vegas for the first time since 2005 after playing the Safeway Open. … Adam Scott, who played for the UNLV golf team in the late 1990s, will be returning to Las Vegas. ... Matthew Wolff, who won the 3M Open in just his fourth TOUR start, is making his 2019-20 season debut … Koepka’s brother, Chase, along with 17-year-old Akshay Bhatia, are in the field on sponsor exemptions. … Sebastián Muñoz, the early FedExCup leader, will be in the field after winning the Sanderson Farms Championship. He has two top-10’s on the season so far. … Graham DeLaet will be returning to action for the first time since withdrawing from THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES in October 2017. DeLaet, who finished as high as eighth in the FedExCup (2013) had back surgery not long after his withdraw two years ago and hasn’t teed it up in a TOUR-sanctioned event since. ... 2016 winner Smylie Kaufman will be playing his first PGA TOUR event since the John Deere Classic in July.
FEDEXCUP: Winner receives 500 points.
COURSE: TPC Summerlin, 7,255 yards, par 71. The club, just west of Las Vegas, has hosted the Shriners since 1992.
STORYLINES: Last time we saw Koepka, he tied for third at the TOUR Championship, five strokes behind FedExCup champion Rory McIlroy. Since 2012, Koepka has five worldwide wins after Labor Day. … Former winners Kevin Na and Ryan Moore both are long-time Las Vegas residents and are back in the field alongside many other TOUR pros with ties to the desert. … Jim Furyk has won three times (1995, 1998, 1999), the only player to do so in this event, and the former FedExCup champ is back in action this week. Furyk, who turns 50 in 2020, played this week at the Safeway Open. … After his win last year, Bryson DeChambeau became a strong advocate for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. He invited patient ambassadors to his first Bryson DeChambeau Foundation Charity Day event.
72-HOLE RECORD: 260, Ryan Moore (2012), Webb Simpson (2013).
18-HOLE RECORD: 59, Chip Beck (3rd round, 1991 at Sunrise GC). TPC Summerlin record: 60, J.J. Henry (1st round, 2013), Rod Pampling (1st round, 2016).
LAST TIME: Bryson DeChambeau won for the fourth time in 12 months after nailing an eagle from nearly 60 feet on the 16th hole Sunday. His 5-under 66 nipped defending champion Patrick Cantlay by one shot. Four players had a share of the lead on the back nine including Cantlay, who was looking to become the fist golfer in 20 years (Jim Furyk 1998-1999) to defend his title in Las Vegas. Cantlay made a bogey on the par-3 17th which was his eventual undoing. Sam Ryder finished third – his best result of the season – after shooting a 9-under 62, the round of the day Sunday. Rickie Fowler, Abraham Ancer, and Robert Streb finished T4 to round out the top-5.
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