Sweden’s Ludvig Aberg has been on quite a roll as of late. After turning pro in June, the 23-year-old former top amateur golfer in the world has added the following to his resume: a Ryder Cup victory, a DP World Tour win, and two top-five finishes on the PGA Tour, including a playoff appearance in last week’s Sanderson Farms Championship. Find the Shriners Children’s Open Odds here.
He has faced big moments without being phased, and there was no letdown from the thrill of the Ryder Cup to last week’s event in Jackson, Mississippi.
Standing in Aberg’s way is Tom Kim, who was golf’s young phenom at this time a year ago, winning in the summer of 2022 and again in the Shriners Children’s Open. He returns to Las Vegas as the defending champion.
The tournament debuted on the PGA Tour schedule in 1983. Jim Furyk is the only three-time winner of this event, and the 1996 edition is famous for being Tiger Woods’ first win as a pro.
TPC Summerlin rates as the easiest par-71 course on the PGA Tour, and it clocks in at 7,255 yards. Water comes into play on the last three holes, but the course is mostly desert—sand and wide fairways. The greens are also larger than most courses. Kim won last year’s event with a 24-under 260, which tied the course record set by Ryan Moore in 2012 and is also shared by Webb Simpson and Sungjae Im.
Ludvig Aberg (+1000) owns five top-25 finishes in his eight career PGA Tour starts, including the fourth at the John Deere Classic and the second-place tie last week. He’s definitely the hottest golfer in the field, and we wouldn’t take too much stock into him playing for the third week in a row, as his youth and friendly scoring conditions at TPC Summerlin should play to his strengths.
Tom Kim (+1000) is a co-favorite with Aberg. Kim hasn’t won since this event a year ago, but he’s building a solid resume. After coming in 20th at the PGA Tour Championship, Kim tested himself in some of Europe’s best tournaments, coming home with a top 20 at the BMW PGA Championship and a sixth in the Open de France. Kim has the edge over Aberg in course history, as the South Korean’s worst hole result here last year was par.
Aberg and Kim will steal the headlines, but there are solid golfers in this field. Cameron Davis (+1500) finished third at the Fortinet Championship a few weeks ago, which was his fourth top-10 finish in his last five starts. He’s been solid but not spectacular here in Las Vegas, posting an average round of 68 here. He’ll need to do more than that to win, but it’s a good base to work with.
Si Woo Kim (+2000) looks to extend the recent South Korean tradition of winning here, following Tom Kim’s win last year and Sungjae Im’s triumph in 2021. Si Woo Kim paired with Im to win the gold medal at the Asian Games recently, and he comes in with finishes of eighth and 15th in the last two Shriners Children’s Opens. This is the 2023 Sony Open in Hawaii winner’s first event of the fall after coming in 20th at the PGA Tour Championship.
J.T. Poston (+2500) didn’t reach the Tour Championship but did come in the top 50 of the FedEx Cup standings to qualify for all of the Signature Events next year. He finished in the top 10 in four of the last five regular-season events over the summer, which included a runner-up result at the 3M Open. That run moved him from out of playoff contention into the top 50. With his place secure for 2024, expect Poston to be more loose on the course, which could lead to his first win of 2023 after capturing the John Deere Classic in 2022.
Adam Schenk (+2500) has four top-20 finishes at TPC Summerlin, including a third two years ago. While still searching for his first win, it was close to happening this year. He finished with a runner-up at the Valspar Championship and lost a playoff at the Charles Schwab Challenge. That loss kicked off a run of six top 10s in his last 11 events, including a ninth at the PGA Tour Championship for his best-ever FedEx Cup finish.
Nicolai Hojgaard’s (+2750) strong summer ground to a halt with a 0-2-1 performance at the Ryder Cup. Being on the winning team took the sting off that performance, but the Dane still took last week off to reset himself. He’s looking to qualify for the 2024 PGA Tour, so he will be motivated to perform well. Consistency is sometimes a challenge, but when he’s on, he’s as good as anyone.
Vincent Norrman (+2750) is another young Swedish star who, like Aberg, has been impressive since the summer. He won the Barbasol Championship in July, which was held opposite the Genesis Scottish Open. He also defeated a stronger field at the Irish Open on the DP World Tour last month.
Tom Hoge (+3500) has great value here. The Texan led the field after the first round a year ago and finished fourth. Hoge had a great fall and winter but fell off a bit once the weather got warm. After a six-week layoff, Hoge returned at the Sanderson Farms Championship and shot a solid -13 to finish in 13th place.
Adam Hadwin (+3750) has had trouble with consistency as of late, but it hasn’t been an issue at TPC Summerlin. The Canadian has four top 10s in seven starts here, including in each of the past two years.
Of the favorites, we like the way Aberg has played over Tom Kim. For South Koreans named Kim, we are backing Si Woo Kim, along with Schenk, Poston, and Hoge.
Here are the latest Golf odds from JazzSports for the PGA Tour’s 2023 Shriners Children’s Open.
|ODDS TO WIN 2023 SHRINERS CHILDREN’S OPEN
|Si Woo Kim
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