Expect birdies galore as the PGA Tour moves to TPC Summerlin for an event hosted by actor and singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake. So are the Betting.Betfair golf team iN Sync regarding the type of player required to land the each-way money this week?
"Daniel Summerhays looked an imminent winner when registering three straight top-tens during July, including losing a play-off for the Sanderson Farms Championship, and three top-25s from his last four confirm he remains in fair form."
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Daniel Summerhays @ 81.080/1
After shooting -13 through the first two rounds, Daniel Summerhays was bang in contention at Summerlin last year only to fall away. With a further year's experience under his belt, this plausible first-time winner looks worth another chance in a test that suits his game. He looked an imminent winner when registering three straight top-tens during July, including losing a play-off for the Sanderson Farms Championship, and three top-25s from his last four confirm he remains in fair form. Among this field, Summerhays ranks fifth for birdie average over the last three months and 12th over the calendar year, which must bode well in what will certainly be a low-scoring affair.
Joe Dyer: Back Charley Hoffman @ 51.050/1
I was all set for a place win with last week's Jamie Donaldson bet only to see a Paul Waring birdie with the very last shot of the entire tournament knock my man from fifth to sixth. Painful stuff, but I'm trying to wash away the bad taste of that near-miss with an easy-going golfer at this week's birdiefest. Charley Hoffman has shaved off his trademark long locks but he still remains the PGA Tour's free spirit, playing for fun and chasing eagles and birdies in a carefree style which sees him rank highly in the scoring stats. A best finish of sixth in 2009 shows he knows how to play the course.
Steve Rawlings: Back Michael Putnam @ 151.0150/1
Six of the last eight Shriners Hospitals for Children Open winners were winning for the first time on the PGA Tour. The last two winners have been Nevada residents and over the last few years we've seen Web.com Tour graduates playing extremely well early in the season. So given that this is just the second event of the 2013/14 PGA Tour season, I've taken a chance on a Nevada-based Web.com grad looking for his first success on the PGA Tour - Michael Putnam at huge odds.
Mike Norman: Back John Peterson @ 51.050/1
As Steve Rawlings mentions, Web.com Tour graduates generally play well in the early season PGA Tour events, which is one of the reasons why I'm backing John Peterson each-way at 50/1. The reason they do well is simple - most of the big names are resting and these first few tournaments are not much stronger than a good Web.com Tour field. Peterson was heavily tipped and talked about prior to last week's T21 at the Frys.com Open because of his stunning finish on the second tier of American golf (he won the Web.com Tour money list thanks to five consecutive top-five finishes). So the reality is he did very well to finish just outside of the top 20. I believe, with perhaps a little less pressure on him ahead of this event, that he can go well at a better price than he was seven days ago.
Dan Geraghty: Back Kevin Na @ 31.030/1
Kevin Na missed most of last season's competition; the American spent a large part of the year in Korea rehabilitating his injured back before quietly returning on the Web.com tour in September. Na's return to the PGA Tour last week was a little more impressive (he shot a pair of weekend 64's to finish third). This week he's a short price but as an in-form local resident, the 2011 JT Shriner's winner will likely go well once more.