Shriners Hospitals for Children Open – Fantasy Golfanac

Course Details

TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada
7,255 yards – Par 71 – Bentgrass Greens
Course Architect: Bobby Weed and Fuzzy Zoeller (1992)

Green Sizes: 7,570 square feet… Larger than Average
Stimpmeter: 11 feet … Average Green Speeds
Strength of Field Rating: ~175 OWGR …Weak Field Strength

Fairways Hit (Field Average): ~59% … Average Fairways to Hit
Greens in Regulation (Field Average): ~74% … Very Easy-to-Hit Greens
Driving Distance (Field Average): ~294 yards … Driver-Heavy Course

Tournament Angles

#1 Weak Field Events
#2 Bentgrass Greens
#3 Easy-to-Hit Greens
#4 Driver-Heavy Courses
#5 Performance in the Fall>
#6 Easy Courses

Previous Winners

2017: Rod Pampling -20 over Brooks Koepka -18
2016: Smylie Kaufman -16 over Cameron Tringale, Patton Kizzire, Jason Bohn, Kevin Na, Brett Stegmaier, Alex Cejka -15
2015: Ben Martin -20 over Kevin Streelman -18
2014: Webb Simpson -24 over Jason Bohn, Ryo Ishikawa -18
2013: Ryan Moore -24 over Brendon de Jonge -23
2012: Kevin Na -23 over Nick Watney -21
2011: Jonathan Byrd -21 over Martin Laird, Cameron Percy in a Playoff

54-Hole Leaders

2017: Lucas Glover -15
2016: Brett Stegmaier, Morgan Hoffmann -12
2015: Ben Martin -17
2014: Webb Simpson -19
2013: Ryan Moore, Brendon de Jonge, Jonas Blixt -19
2014: Kevin Na, Nick Watney -17
2011: Martin Laird -19

36-Hole Leaders

2017: Rod Pampling -14
2016: Tyler Aldridge, Chad Campbell, Morgan Hoffmann, Brett Stegmaier -10
2015: Russell Knox, Andrew Putnam -10
2014: Webb Simpson -15
2013: Brendon de Jonge, Jonas Blixt -14
2012: Kevin Na, Jhonnatan Vegas, Charlie Wi -12
2011: Jonathan Byrd -13

Important Interview Quotes

Q. Playing a desert course like this, what works to your advantage?
Yeah, this is a little bit more of a ball placement off the tee golf course, place your ball in the fairway and be accurate with your irons. And of course, I love a putting contest. -2016

Q. How is the condition of the golf course out there?
It’s great. Greens are rolling fast. Fairways are nice and firm. It’s definitely a premium to hit the fairways. The rougher, you’re getting some fliers, so it’s hard to adjust how far they’re going with the altitude. You know, it’s playable, a lot of low scores. I didn’t see 11-under out there yesterday, but apparently there is one. -2016

Q. A couple of young blokes have won this event in the last couple of years, but there’s a couple of veterans in the fix. Proof that you don’t need to be one of these young bombers to get things done on the TOUR?
No, this is a good golf course for that. Would it be nice to hit it long? Absolutely. But you don’t need to.

You know, it’s just a good course for that. You don’t have to be the bomber to do it all. Playing with Brooks today, he hits it a long way, but he was hitting a lot of irons off the tee, so it’s still a positional golf course, and that’s what you need to do is position yourself properly and give yourself the chances. -2016

Q. You played the par-5s pretty well. It seems to always be the key to winning out here. Is that part of the game plan when you come out to Vegas every year, make sure you try to take advantage of them?
You have to every week, to be fair. But here, yes. I don’t prepare for it at home like say you would hitting a draw at Augusta, stuff like that. But I mean, you know when you get here that you’ve got to take advantage of them. They’re all reachable, and if you hit good tee shots, they’re all reachable with irons. I haven’t played 13 so well, but the other two I’ve done okay on. -2016

Q. What’s wrong?
I don’t know, I’ve always had trouble with the distances here. It goes a little bit further than where I grew up and where I live, and a lot of trouble here short, so I find myself 20 feet long on a lot of my wedge shots. My direction has been okay, I’ve just been over the flag a bunch. That’s just being confident in my number and frankly my math. -2016

Q. It’s just a guessing game, isn’t it?
No, there’s a formula. I mean, it’s about 10 percent in the afternoon, about 5 percent in the morning. You know, when it’s about seven and a half, that’s when it gets tough. That’s tough math. So tomorrow we’ll get both, which is fine. It’s just trusting numbers and trusting myself after that. -2016

Q. Perfect conditions for golf, and you took advantage.
Yeah, this reminds me a lot of growing up in Tucson, Arizona, getting ready for the wintertime, no better place to play golf than out west. -2015

Q. Was this your home course in college? (UNLV)
No, not our home course, but we probably played out here once a week, once every other week. -2015

Q. How does this course complement your game?
Yeah, I can take advantage of some of my length. I feel really comfortable on the greens. Some of the greens are pretty big with a lot of breaking putts. I feel like I putt well on those style of greens. But I know it’s going to take a lot lower than 6-under par to win this tournament, so I’ve got a long way to go. -2015

Q. You’ve had some great finishes here over the past couple of years. How does that help you heading into the weekend?
I like the golf course. I like the town and the weather is great. I have just fun memories of the place. It’s nice to have a place that you enjoy showing up to and look forward to playing more golf. -2015

Q. This event is typically a birdie-fest. 20-plus usually wins it. It’s not that this year. Why is that?
I think that the pins are a lot more difficult than they normally are, a lot of tough pins. It’s like they don’t want us to make birdies. A lot of holes par is pretty good here. -2015

Q. A couple top 10 finishes here. You’ve got a pretty good comfort level on this course, don’t you?
Yeah, I’ve always — for whatever reason, this course just kind of suits my eye. I feel like I hit a lot of good tee shots here, and I have had good success here, and I just enjoy playing this golf course. It’s funny how that kind of happens over the years. But yeah, I do enjoy this golf course. -2015

MARK STEVENS: We’d like to welcome our defending champion of the Shriners Hospital For Children Open, Webb Simpson. Last year you had a runaway victory here at the Shriners. Talk about your thoughts coming into this year.
Yeah, it’s great to be back. I love coming here. It’s always great weather, as we’re going to see again this week, I believe. But I think I love this golf course because it reminds me of the course I grew up playing. You have a lot of options off the tee, and greens are undulating and fast. So I’m just comfortable here, comfortable playing this kind of golf. -2014

Q. You won here in 2009, you lost in a playoff with Jonathan Byrd holing out. You’ve had great success here. Give me a sense of your comfort out on this TPC course.
Yeah, I don’t really know why it is, but I do. A lot of the tee shots just set up perfect. I like to cut the driver, and a lot of the tee shots where guys that draw it can’t really hit driver, I can hit driver and kind of shape it with the hole. So for me, I like to just go out and play aggressive. It sets up for my style of golf. I like to hit driver as much as I can, and this is a golf course that allows me to do it.
The greens out here are kind of tricky. You’ve got to play the valley a little bit and the strip, and I know a few guys with that, but for some reason I’ve always putted pretty decent on these, and as I said, I made a lot today, so hopefully it can continue. -2014

Q. You shot a fair amount of low numbers. Do you feel like your putter gets hot?
I don’t know what it is about this course. I feel comfortable off the tee, and from then on in, my iron play is one of my strengths, and I’ve putted great so far. I don’t know, I like this course. -2014

Q. This is a golf course that fits you, obviously.
Yeah, I mean, I was talking to my buddy last night at dinner, I’m not the biggest fan of desert golf. This has some holes to it where it’s very deserty and some that look more like a regular golf course. I play a golf course at home that’s very demanding off the tee, and that always helps me when I come play golf courses that off the tee for me are a little more demanding. -2014

Q. What is it about the West Coast and these golf courses that you like?
I think it suits my game. I think it helps long hitters. I think you’ve seen a lot of long hitters play well here in the past, and it works well for me. I like to shape the ball, so it’s a good setup for me. It suits my eye. -2014

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