Slate Breakdown | The Shriners Children's Open
As the PGA TOUR's fall series unfolds, a notable event is The Shriners Children's Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas. The city, a global tourist hotspot and home to many TOUR pros, typically draws top-rated players to this tournament.
However, a change in the fall format means players in the top 50 rankings only earn prize money, impacting the event's field. This year, defending champion Tom Kim leads the roster, which includes solid but not elite players. For star power, consider the upcoming ZoZo Championship in Nokishino, Japan.
There, stars like Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa, and Hideki Matsuyama will compete in a 78-player, no-cut format. As a result, our focus will shift to highlighting key players for the ZoZo Championship, who will also be pivotal in this week's Shriners Children's Open lineups.
Remaining Fall Scheduler:
- Shriners Children's Open -- Oct. 12-15
- Zozo Championship -- Oct. 19-22
- World Wide Technology Championship -- Nov. 2-5
- Butterfield Bermuda Championship -- Nov. 9-12
- RSM Classic -- Nov. 16-19
- Hero World Challenge -- Dec. 5-8
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A staple of the PGA TOUR's fall series, the Shriners Children's Open is widely recognized as the highlight of the fall lineup. Its allure stems not only from the course itself but also from its location. Last year, the course witnessed one of the highest birdie counts on the TOUR, ranking third in that category.
All fall swing events have a $175,000 prize pool broken out across the five rarity tiers. The top prize for this week's standard events is $5,000 at the REIGNMAKER tier.
This week, more than 140 golfers are set to tee off in the tournament. Yet, only about 100 of them will be up for grabs in the DraftKings Reignmakers contests. Notably missing from the selection is top-ranked Ludvig Åberg. A regular on the circuit, Åberg had an impressive showing, narrowly missing the title in a playoff last week. Other notable names competing this week, besides Åberg and Kim, include Cameron Davis, Andrew Putnam, Adam Hadwin, and the previous week's winner, Luke List.
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Three-Ball: 3 DraftKings Reignmakers PGA TOUR Targets
We're aiming for a multi-week performance from these three golfers this week. They all seem like strong candidates for this week's lineups and can serve as excellent complementary pieces alongside the stars in next week's ZoZo Championship.
Last week, Spaun opted for a strategic rest to gear up for the upcoming two-week stretch. His history at TPC Summerlin is commendable, boasting three top-15 placements in his recent five appearances there. Furthermore, Spaun's current form is noteworthy, having made the cut in five straight tournaments and achieving two top-11 standings in the past 12 weeks. Given these strengths, Spaun is poised to climb the fall FedEx Leaderboard.
Upon entering the PGA TOUR, Beau's adept putting skills played a key role in retaining his tour card. Yet, at the recent Sanderson Farms Championship, his putting faltered, causing him to lose more than two strokes on Saturday and stalling his progress. But, if he can address this setback, Beau's off-the-tee game over the last 24 rounds has been commendable, suggesting potential birdie chances this week.
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