So this week, the PGA Tour heads to the city that never sleeps… Las Vegas. The host course, TPC Summerlin, plays very short due to the altitude and dry conditions. That and the fact that the course is fairly open off the tee with pure greens means a birdie fest. One of the advantages some players have on this course is knowledge of the greens. They appear flat but are tricky to read. Players with ties to the local area may have an advantage as they will be used to reading the breaks of the putts (everything breaks to the Strip). With that being said, here are some players to look at this week:
Ryo Ishikawa $7,600
Every sign imaginable points to Ryo this week. I look for him to draw inspiration from his fellow countryman’s victory last week at the WGC and make it two in a row for Japan. Ryo has top 10 finishes in his last 5 starts worldwide. He has played this event 3 times and has made the cut each time, highlighted by a 2nd place finish in 2013. A very little known fact is that Ryo actually lives in Vegas for a portion of the year and plays this course a bunch. Look for Ryo to capitalize on that local knowledge and be in contention come Sunday.
Jon Rahm $9,800
While Rahm has not played this event before, his makeup of work checks all the boxes. He is a long-hitting birdie machine who appears ready to notch his first win. The conditions at TPC Summerlin this week will mirror the conditions he played in college at Arizona State. TPC Summerlin is also very similar to TPC Scottsdale, where he finished 5th as an amateur in 2015.
Alex Cejka $8,300
At first glance, you may be wondering why I would be picking Cejka at $8,300? I’ll tell you why: Cejka has lived in Las Vegas since 2003, and TPC Summerlin is one of the two courses he plays and practices at the most. Add that to the fact that he finished 2nd here in 2015, and you have a solid pick. To make things even better, Cejka has 5 straight top 30’s worldwide.
All of the picks above are solid picks for one-and-done as well, but here are a few others to consider:
Streelman got off to a hot start last week at Sanderson Farms but couldn't close the deal. He is 6/6 in cuts at TPC Summerlin with 4 top 16 finishes.
Piercy is a Las Vegas resident who has finished in the top 30 in 6 of his last 7 appearances at TPC Summerlin. With 2 top 10’s in his last 3 starts, I wouldn't be surprised to see him in contention.
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