Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Tips: Each-way selections for this week's PGA Tour event

After a recent win Camilo Villegas should have renewed confidence ahead of this week's PGA Tour event
After a recent win Camilo Villegas should have renewed confidence ahead of this week's PGA Tour event

Birdies are going to be the order of the day in Nevada this week as the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open takes centre stage on the PGA Tour. Our regular golf writers have put their heads together to come up with five each-way selections for the event...

"This relatively late bloomer is one of the best putters on tour and his accurate game off both tee and fairway can hopefully get him into enough scoring positions to trouble the leaders on the relatively easy test that is TPC Summerlin."

Joe Dyer: Back Daniel Summerhays @ 101.0100/1

*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 5 places


Dan Geraghty: Back Camilo Villegas @ 67.066/1

In what looks a wide open birdie-fest, I will take a chance on a rejuvenated Camilo Villegas. 'Spiderman' resurrected his PGA Tour career by winning the Wyndham Championship in August, shooting a pair of 63s in the process; he, perhaps understandably, missed the cut the following week at the Barclays but finished his season with a solid 20th at the BMW Championship in September. Villegas was 30th on his TPC Summerlin tournament debut in 2012 and missed the cut the following season, despite shooting a second round 66. Starting the new season with renewed confidence, the popular Columbian looks worth chancing this week.


Joe Dyer: Back Daniel Summerhays @ 101.0100/1

Daniel Summerhays is growing into his PGA Tour career and I'm hoping this ace putter can go low on a course where he has shown gradual improvement since making his debut three years ago. This relatively late bloomer is one of the best putters on tour and his accurate game off both tee and fairway can hopefully get him into enough scoring positions to trouble the leaders on the relatively easy test that is TPC Summerlin. After missing the cut in 2011, Summerhays made top 40 then improved to 23rd in 2013 suggesting a liking for the course. He is just the type of unheralded golfer to pop up at a big price and, playing over the border in Nevada, conditions will suit this son of Utah. 


Steven Rawlings: Back Martin Laird @ 29.028/1

Martin Laird makes for a very straightforward selection following his third-placed finish at the Frys.com Open on Sunday. He missed the cut here 12 months ago but that was a very rare poor performance in Nevada. He won this event in 2009 and finished runner-up a year later and he's finished inside the top-six three times at the Barracuda Championship. The Scotsman, who resides in Arizona, clearly loves his desert golf and he looks a good thing for a place at least this week after last week's solid start to the season.


Paul Krishnamurty: Back George McNeill @ 81.080/1

It's abundantly clear that birdies galore are required to win around Summerlin and one man who knows this test inside out is George McNeill. He won the Frys.com Open here in 2007, beginning a run of four straight top-15s on the course including second place in 2009. The fact he hasn't done much since finishing runner-up in July's Greenbrier Classic isn't particularly alarming, as McNeill has always struggled for consistency. The tough majors and FedEx Cup challenges he faced afterwards were far less suitable than this low-scoring affair. Over the past six months, only six of this line-up can boast a higher birdie average on the PGA Tour


Mike Norman: Back Charlie Hoffman @ 41.040/1

Charlie Hoffman is one of those players that you can describe as consistent without being brilliant. He's never finished outside of the top 70 in the FedEx Cup for eight consecutive seasons for example, he nearly always records four or five top-10 finishes per season, but the downside is that he rarely wins - just two victories to his name since he joined the PGA Tour full-time in 2006. He does like this event however, recording three top 10 finishes in recent years including a fourth place finish 12 months ago. He's local to TPC Summerlin being a Las Vegas resident, so the hope is - that in a not overly strong field - he has targeted this event once again in an attempt to get his season off to a good start. If he has, and he's on his game, then 40/1 each-way should give us a good run for our money.


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Joe Dyer from betting.betfair joins Paul Jacobs to preview this week's golf tournaments both Stateside and in Europe...



Season P/L (£5 e/w per selection)

1. Dan Geraghty: +£506.75
2. Joe Dyer: +£50.00
3. Steve Rawlings: +£41.25
4. Paul Krishnamurty: -£166.25
5. Mike Norman: -£288.75

Overall: +£143.00

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