Cameron Champ secured an emotional win last week at the Safeway Open for his second PGA Tour victory. Champ and his father hugged and cried following the win while talking on the phone with Champ’s grandfather who is dying from cancer. Champ was able to stay focused enough to play and that focus garnishes him a +4000 heading into the Shriners Open weekend but the top spot for winning outright goes to Brooks Koepka.

Koepka comes into the Open as the only player under +1000 as Patrick Cantlay follows him at +1200. The former Florida State player is coming off a season last year that saw him winning THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, the PGA Championship, and the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Even though this is his first event of the new season he’s still the top-ranked golfer according to the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR).

Golf Glance: Koepka makes season debut; LPGA in Texas

Like the Safeway Open last week, the Shriners Open has an increasingly stronger field as more and more players come back from the short break. The top-five golfers favored to win outright according to Intertops is a quick indicator of that.  Players such as Phil Mickelson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson, Hideki Matsuyama, and others are all further down the complete odds list below. Here’s the top-five.


Brooks Koepka+800
Patrick Cantlay+1200
Bryson DeChambeau+1600
Webb Simpson+2000
Adam Scott+2000


Plenty of returning Winners and Contenders

The Shriners Open has several former winners and contenders in the field including Bryson DeChambeau who is set to defend his win here last year. If Jim Furyk, at +8000, can pull out the win it will be his fourth at the Shriners Open. His last came back in 1999. The reason this is important is that Furyk is the only player with repeat wins at this event. The only player to come close is Patrick Cantlay won the tournament in 2018 but lost to DeChambeau last season by one stroke.


2019Bryson DeChambeau−211 stroke over Patrick Cantlay
2018Patrick Cantlay−9Playoff over Alex Čejka, Kim Meen-whee
2017Rod Pampling−202 strokes over Brooks Koepka
2016Smylie Kaufman−161 stroke over Jason Bohn, Alex Čejka, Patton Kizzire, Kevin Na, Brett Stegmaier, Cameron Tringale
2015Ben Martin−202 strokes over Kevin Streelman
2014Webb Simpson−246 strokes over Jason Bohn, Ryo Ishikawa 


Predicting the Shriners Open

Bryson DeChambeau comes in as the defending Shriners Open Champion and a season that started with plenty of top-ten finishes. He began to backslide slightly towards the end of the year with more and more events where he carded outside of the 20th position and he missed the cut at the Military Tribute at The Greenbriar. He finished last season ranked at 113 in greens in regulation which is not a stat that looks good heading into Summerlin.

Patrick Cantlay has shown that he often has command of his entire bag and this is an early test of what he can show in the new season. He’s a former Shriner Champion and came close to repeating that feat last year. Cantlay is now ranked 7th on the OWGR list and is expected to continue to build on a successful run last season. The key stat for Cantlay is his No. 4 ranking for Birdie average which is 4.4 and Summerlin is a course where that can come in handy.

Brooks Koepka comes in as the tournament favorite and he’s the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world. His 2017 showing at the Shriners was impressive as he was within two strokes of the win. Koepka is famous for not overdoing things when it comes to practicing prior to an opening round. So, the Shriners maybe his practice session for the beginning of the season! You will see a player named Koepka taking in practice time as his younger brother Chase is also in the Shriners field.

TPC at Summerlin is located just outside of Las Vegas and plays a Par 71 at 7,255 yards. The look is amazingly green compared to other dessert courses with rolling green fairways dotted with bunkers and plenty of trees. There are plenty of dirt patches with rocks and native grasses but those hazards are pushed off to the sides. The player that wins the Shriners Open will be the one that takes full advantage of well-placed tee shots. There’s a reason TPC Summerlin is called a second-shot course.

Odds to win the Shriners Open Outright


Brooks Koepka+800
Patrick Cantlay+1200
Bryson DeChambeau+1600
Webb Simpson+2000
Adam Scott+2000
Tony Finau+2200
Hideki Matsuyama+2200
Gary Woodland+2800
Collin Morikawa+3000
Joaquin Niemann+3000
Cameron Champ+4000
Brandt Snedeker+4000
Adam Hadwin+4000
Jason Kokrak+4500
Byeong-Hun An+4500
Scottie Scheffler+4500
Dylan Frittelli+4500
Chez Reavie+4500
Charles Howell III+5000
Matthew Wolff+5000
JT Poston+6000
Andrew Putnam+6000
Aaron Wise+6000
Abraham Ancer+6600
Cameron Smith+6600
Kevin Na+6600
Lucas Glover+6600
Bubba Watson+6600
Scott Piercy+6600
Brian Harman+6600
Keegan Bradley+7500
Ryan Moore+7500
Harold Varner III+7500
Rory Sabbatini+8000
Sebastian Munoz+8000
Emiliano Grillo+8000
Jim Furyk+8000
Kevin Streelman+8000
Bud Cauley+8000
Phil Mickelson+8000
Daniel Berger+8000
Ryan Palmer+8000
Lucas Bjerregaard+8000
Russell Knox+8000
Russell Henley+8000
Tom Lewis+10000
Nick Watney+10000
Zach Johnson+10000
Nick Taylor+10000
Lanto Griffin+10000
Chesson Hadley+10000
Bronson Burgoon+10000
Kevin Tway+10000
Denny McCarthy+10000
Jhonattan Vegas+10000
Cameron Percy+10000
Si-Woo Kim+12500
Kyle Stanley+12500
Peter Uihlein+12500
Sam Ryder+12500
Martin Laird+12500
Nate Lashley+12500
Keith Mitchell+12500
Robby Shelton+12500
Sam Burns+12500
Luke List+12500
Troy Merritt+12500
Carlos Ortiz+15000
Wyndham Clark+15000
Charley Hoffman+15000
Branden Grace+15000
Joel Dahmen+15000
C T Pan+15000
Andrew Landry+15000
Matt Jones+15000
Brendan Steele+15000
Harry Higgs+15000
Aaron Baddeley+15000
JJ Spaun+15000
Brian Stuard+17500
Michael Thompson+17500
Roger Sloan+17500
Patton Kizzire+17500
Scott Stallings+17500
Sung Kang+17500
Adam Schenk+17500
Beau Hossler+17500
Patrick Rodgers+17500
Doc Redman+17500
Austin Cook+17500
Mark Hubbard+17500
Fabian Gomez+17500
Danny Lee+20000
Zac Blair+20000
Kurt Kitayama+20000
Xinjun Zhang+20000
Bill Haas+20000
Grayson Murray+20000
Peter Malnati+20000
Pat Perez+20000
Brian Gay+20000
Kramer Hickok+20000
Talor Gooch+20000
Ryan Armour+20000
Max Homa+20000
Sepp Straka+20000
Scott Brown+25000
Anirban Lahiri+25000
Mackenzie Hughes+25000
James Hahn+25000



About the Author

Kent Whitaker is an award-winning author, culinary writer and sports writer. Whitaker's books range from BBQ, Grilling, Tailgating and additional culinary titles to WWII history books, books about NASCAR and racing and titles for kids.

Whitaker, known as “the Deck Chef,” has a culinary, history and journalism background. He credits this for his cookbook writing style. “My books are people based. I interview, gather recipes from real people and sources – and combine the recipes with back-stories. My cookbooks are slices of culinary history.”

Whitaker can also be found on TV, Radio, Print, and as a celebrity spokesperson. He has appeared on radio and TV including Food Network. He’s the Emeril Live Barbecue Contest winner and columnist for the National Barbecue News.

Whitaker has covered NASCAR, IndyCar, ARCA Racing, The NFL, SEC Football, Professional Golf and more. His books include:

·      Great American Grilling – Ultimate Backyard Barbecue and Tailgating

·      The Gulf Coast Seafood Cookbook

·      Smoke in the Mountains - The Art of Appalachian Barbecue

·      Checkered Flag Cooking - Tailgating Stock Car Racing

·      The Hometown Cookbook Series; The Tennessee Hometown Cookbook, as well as Georgia, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, West Virginia, Alabama, and Florida.

·      The USS Alabama - The History of the Mighty A

·      Talladega Superspeedway

·      Bullets and Bread - Feeding the Greats and Grunts of WWII

·      Big Mo's Tennis Ball Hunt

·       Why Are the Mountains Smokey?

Kent has worked with several brands as spokesperson. Companies include Check Mark, ALPO, TimberTech, Vermont Castings, Pabst Blue Ribbon, E.H. Campbell Trading, Big Show Foods, and others. Whitaker, and his wife Allyson, hosted a NASCAR and racing themed show on ESPN Radio for several years. That show has morphed into a weekly short format tailgate show heard on over 50 affiliates nationwide.

Kent is also a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and severed on the National Staff as an AUXCHEF/AUX Food Service Specialist and National Branch Chief.

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