Children’s Open Betting Stock Report: Can Burns Keep the Momentum Rolling?
The return back to golf this week on the PGA TOUR led to a victory for Sam Burns who looks poised for a big season after breaking through for his second win. He led the field in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green, including leading all players both off the tee and on approach. Burns was a deserving champion and is another young star to watch going forward.
Now they head back west to Las Vegas for the Shriners Children’s Open at TPC Summerlin. This event will draw out a number of big names for their first events of the season including a couple of top-10 players in the world in Louis Oosthuizen and Brooks Koepka.
Let’s take a look at who has the hot hand coming into the week ahead.
I can’t start this section without talking about Sam Burns. He was far and away the best player this past week at the Sanderson Farms Championship where he was a stroke and a half better tee to green per round than the next best player in the field. He did it with elite ball-striking, leading the field in both of those metrics as well, and he started to get some key putts to drop, especially on Saturday en route to a comfortable victory.
Assuming he stays in this field, the LSU alum will undoubtedly be one of the favorites as he has really proved his merit on this TOUR over the past 12 months. If there is any worry of a letdown, he put that to rest when he finished second in his first tournament after his maiden victory in May at the Valspar. He will be a name to watch this week once again despite his mixed results at this tournament.
There are few players on TOUR that closed out the season hotter than Kevin Na. He worked his way into the Ryder Cup conversation with the way he closed out last season, with three top 10s in his last four events, including a runner-up and a third at the TOUR Championship.
Na missed the cut to start the new season at the Fortinet, but I am willing to give him a pass there and will look for a strong week here in his current hometown of Las Vegas. He won this event two years ago, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the mix again this weekend.
Webb Simpson’s 2019-2020 season certainly wasn’t what he had hoped for as he struggled much of the year, especially following an injury that caused him to withdraw from the Wells Fargo Championship. He never quite seemed right until the season was closing out where he put together three top-15 finishes in the last four events.
Webb played a few weeks back at the Fortinet and finished 30th, but he will be looking for more this week at TPC Summerlin. He has made the cut at this event the last five years and clearly has an affinity for the course with the number of times he’s played here. His last three trips to Vegas have all resulted in top 15s, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him continue that trend this week.