The PGA Tour’s swing season is in full swing … now with the Shriners Children’s Open, the second event within eight weeks of the Thanksgiving break.
As usual, the event will take place – despite the name change – at the TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.
What should we know about the course to prepare for this week?
Information on the TPC Summerlin course
Average green size: 7,400 square meters
Green type: Bentgrass
Last 5 winner points: -23, -23, -21, -9, -20
Last 5 cutting lines: -7, -5, -3, +1, -3
There’s an outlier season here with 2019 when Patrick Cantlay won with -9 and the cut was a shot over par. This year there were intermittent strong winds of over 35 miles per hour. Only two more times was the profit level worse than 20-under.
So, yes, raise the importance of birdies this week.
TPC Summerlin hole-by-hole breakdown
|TPC Summerline||By||Yards||vs average
It is noteworthy that the par 71 is about average for the PGA Tour, but of course we have some holes that do not match the typical holes in relation to par.
There is a long par 4 (the 3rd, a 492-yarder) and a long par 3 (the 8th, a 239-yarder) on the top nine, each of which is at least 114% of the PGA Tour average for holes at these pars.
It’s a little offset with two short par 4s that are less than 385 yards (7th and 15th). The 15th is particularly short at 341 yards. There is also a 168 yard par 3 on the second nine.
Key stats for Shriners Children’s Open at TPC Summerlin
– Strokes Scored: Approach
– Strokes Scored: Around the Green
– driving accuracy
– Birdie or better price
– Strokes obtained: tighten bentgrass
With very few holes classified as unusually long, the driving distance has not really turned out to be a crucial value for TPC Summerlin. Distance is always an advantage, but the shorter clubs only have to be penalized on two of these holes, and one of them is a par 3.
Datagolf puts an emphasis here on approach shots of 100 to 150 yards, which is a potential angle that needs to be considered. But the general approach game is still the key (as always).
There’s a pretty interesting trend in the importance of strokes won: around the green here. It’s one of the few places where playing for the green is key.
Greens are bentgrass, and again we need birdies.
Golfers with a great history at TPC Summerlin
According to FantasyNational, golfers who have started at least two times here since 2012 are those who have won at least 1.2 strokes per round at TPC Summerlin.
– Matthew Wolff (2.4)
– Webb Simpson (1.8)
– Matthew NeSmith (1.8)
– Sungjae Im (1.6)
– Ryan Moore (1.5)
– Patton Kizzire (1.5)
– Joaquin Niemann (1.4)
– Francesco Molinari (1.4)
–Hideki Matsuyama (1.3)
– Si Woo Kim (1.3)
– Adam Hadwin (1.3)
– Luke’s list (1.2)
– Abraham Ancer (1.2)
– Robert Streb (1.2)
The previous winners in the field include Martin Laird (2009 and 2021), Kevin Na (2011 and 2020), Webb Simpson (2014) and Ryan Moore (2012).