2019 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Preview

2019 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Preview

2019 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Preview

Dates: September 30-October 6, 2019
Where: TPC Summerlin
Par/Yards: 71/7,225
2018 champion: Bryson DeChambeau
Purse: $7,000,000/$1,260,000
FedExCup: 500 points to the winner
Format: 72-hole stroke play
Field: 144

Shriners Hospitals For Children Open Winners 1983 – Present

Things to Know

  • World No. 1 Brooks Koepka makes his 2019-20 PGA TOUR Season debut
  • 44-time PGA TOUR winner Phil Mickelson returns to the event for the first time since 2005
  • Adam Scott, who was a member of the UNLV golf team from 1999-2000, set to make tournament debut
  • Patrick Cantlay seeks third consecutive top-two finish in the event (2017/win, 2018/runner-up)
  • The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is one of a record 11 FedExCup events held in the fall portion of the 2019-20 season, providing players more opportunities to get off to a strong start in the FedExCup; last season, six of the eight fall winners went on to qualify for the season-ending TOUR Championship, the highest success rate since the start of the wraparound season, and for the first time since the inception of the FedExCup in 2007, all 30 players who advanced to the TOUR Championship made starts in the fall

A look back at the 2018 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Pos Player R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Bryson DeChambeau 66 66 65 66 263 (-21)
2 Patrick Cantlay 69 67 63 65 264 (-20)
3 Sam Ryder 66 71 66 62 265 (-19)
T4 Rickie Fowler 68 67 69 63 267 (-17)
T4 Abraham Ancer 66 66 69 66 267 (-17)
T4 Robert Streb 65 66 68 68 267 (-17)
  • Bryson DeChambeau earned his fifth career victory, winning three times in a five-start stretch following back-to-back wins at THE NORTHERN TRUST and Dell Technologies Championship in the 2017-18 season
  • DeChambeau would go on to qualify for the season-ending TOUR Championship for the second consecutive season, finishing 12th in the final FedExCup standings
  • Patrick Cantlay finished runner-up as he sought to join Jim Furyk (1999) as the only players to win the event in title defense

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Notes On The Field

  • 21 of the top 30 in the current FedExCup standings, led by top three Sebastian Munoz (No. 1), Cameron Champ (No. 2) and Joaquin Niemann (No. 3)
  • 14 of the 30 players that qualified for the 2019 TOUR Championship
  • 19 of the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking
  • Three FedExCup champions: Jim Furyk (2010), Bill Haas (2011), Brandt Snedeker (2012)
  • Nine past Shriners Hospitals for Children Open winners, including eight of the last ten: Bryson DeChambeau (2018), Patrick Cantlay (2017), Rod Pampling (2016), Smylie Kaufman (2015), Webb Simpson (2013), Ryan Moore (2012), Kevin Na (2011), Martin Laird (2009), Jim Furyk (1995, 1998, 1999)
  • 10 major championship winners combining for 19 major victories, led by Phil Mickelson (5) and Brooks Koepka (4)
    • Nine of the 21 PGA TOUR rookies: Harry Higgs, Bo Hoag, Nelson Ledesma, Tom Lewis, Maverick McNealy, Matthew NeSmith, Scottie Scheffler, Ben Taylor, Kristoffer Ventura

The 2019 Shriner’s Hospital For Children Open Preview Of Notable Players

Brooks Koepka (making season debut)

Entering the week

#1           OWGR
4              Starts at Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
2              Top-10 at Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
125         PGA TOUR starts
7              PGA TOUR wins
21           PGA TOUR starts in 2018-19
3           Wins in 2018-19
9              Top-10s in 2018-19
3              Final 2018-19 FedExCup standing

  • Wins (7): 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open, 2017 U.S. Open, 2018 U.S. Open, 2018 PGA Championship, 2018 THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, 2019 PGA Championship, 2019 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational
  • Best 2018-19 results: Won/THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, Won/PGA Championship, Won/WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, 2nd/U.S. Open, T2/The Honda Classic. T2/Masters Tournament
  • Enters the week having held the World No. 1 position for 20 consecutive weeks
  • Making fifth start at Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, with two top-10s (T4/2014, 2nd/2016) and missed cuts in 2013 and 2015
  • Won three titles in the 2018-19 season, including his fourth major championship (PGA Championship) and first World Golf Championships title (WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational)
  • Clinched top honors in the inaugural Wyndham Rewards Top 10 by leading the FedExCup standings at the end of Regular Season
  • In the 2018-19 season, earned nine top-10s and missed just one cut in 21 starts
  • In 2019, became the fifth player in PGA TOUR history to finish in the top five at all four majors in a single year

Phil Mickelson

Entering the week

#44              OWGR
12           Starts at Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
4              Top-10s at Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
615            PGA TOUR starts
44           PGA TOUR wins
1              PGA TOUR start in 2019-20

  • Making 13th start at Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and first since 2005
  • Owns four top-10s at Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, highlighted by a runner-up finish in 2000 and T3 in 1994
  • Missed the cut in his season debut at the 2019 Safeway Open with rounds of 75-69, missing eight cuts in 17 starts since winning the 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
  • Became the only player to advance to the BMW Championship in each of the first 13 seasons of the FedExCup era, finishing the 2018-19 season No. 47 in the FedExCup standings
  • Requires a Captain’s Pick from Tiger Woods to extend a record streak of competing in every Presidents Cup—12 in total since 1994

Adam Scott (making tournament debut)

  • Australian set to make first appearance at Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
  • Finished T17 at last week’s Safeway Open, notching his 164th career top-25 finish
  • Qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs in each of the first 13 seasons of the FedExCup era, becoming one of nine players to achieve the feat
  • Advanced to the TOUR Championship for the eighth time, ending the 2018-19 season No. 6 in the FedExCup standings
  • Played on UNLV’s golf team from 1999-2000

Bryson DeChambeau

  • Making fourth start at Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, returning as defending champion
  • Making third start of the 2019-20 season (MC/A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, T13/Safeway Open)
  • Held the 36-hole lead at last week’s Safeway Open before finishing with rounds of 76-70 on the weekend
  • Qualified for the TOUR Championship for the second consecutive season in 2018-19, finishing tied for 12th in the FedExCup standings

Patrick Cantlay

  • Making third start at Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, finishing no worse than second in his first two starts (1st/2017, 2nd/2018)
  • Made his 2019-20 season debut at the Safeway Open, finishing T40
  • Finished 21st in the final 2018-19 FedExCup standings with nine top-10s, marking the first time in his career earning more than seven in a season
  • Ended the 2018-19 season with a Scoring Average of 69.306, second only to Rory McIlroy

Las Vegas connections

Jack Trent

  • Junior at UNLV; competing as an amateur
  • Earned a spot into the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open by winning the Southern Highlands Collegiate in a three-hole playoff
  • Named Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year in 2018
  • Making first career PGA TOUR start
  • Former member at TPC Summerlin

Charley Hoffman

  • Part of UNLV’s 1998 NCAA Championship team
  • Honorable mention All-America in 1998
  • Has three top-10s in 13 starts at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (4th/2013, T5/2006, 6th/2009)

Ryan Moore

  • Resides in Las Vegas
  • Graduated from UNLV in 2005; won the 2004 NCAA Championship as a junior and each major award (Ben Hogan Award, Jack Nicklaus Award, and Haskins Award) as a senior
  • Earned second of five PGA TOUR victories at the 2012 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
  • Making 14th start at the event (highlights: Won/2012, T7/2009, T9/2013)

Kevin Na

  • Resides in Las Vegas
  • Earned third career PGA TOUR victory at the 2019 Charles Schwab Challenge and advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, finishing No. 61 in the FedExCup standings
  • Earned first of three PGA TOUR victories at the 2011 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
  • Making 13th start at the event (highlights: Won/2011, T2/2015)

Presidents Cup Notes

  • U.S. and International Presidents Cup Team potential candidates have the majority of the fall schedule to impress, before Captains Tiger Woods (United States) and Ernie Els (International) each make their four Captain’s Picks the week of November 4
  • Nine players in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open have already qualified for the Presidents Cup: Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Webb Simpson, Abraham Ancer, Hideki Matsuyama, C.T. Pan, Adam Scott, Cameron Smith
  • Potential Captain’s Picks in the field include:
    • International: Sebastian Munoz, Byeong Hun An, Si Woo Kim, Sung Kang, Emiliano Grillo, Adam Hadwin
    • United States: Phil Mickelson, Tony Finau, Gary Woodland, Charles Howell III, Brandt Snedeker

Tournament records and history

  • 18-hole score: 59 (Chip Beck/R3/1991)
  • 72-hole score: 259 (Stuart Appleby/2003)
  • Largest margin of victory: 8 (Davis Love III/1993)
  • Largest come-from-behind victory: 7 (Smylie Kaufman/2015)
  • Playoffs: 9 (most recent: 2017/Patrick Cantlay def. Alex Cejka and Whee Kim)
  • Holes-in-one since 2000: 17 (most recent: 2018 — Chris Stroud, Joaquin Niemann

The 2019 Shriners Hospital For Children Open Preview is via PGA TOUR

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