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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Twofer Tuesday: Shriners Hospitals for Children

Having sated itself with fried chicken, Twofer Tuesday limps its overstuffed way to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Defending champion Kevin Na

The temperatures in Las Vegas have been awful this summer, but hopefully the field will find TPC Summerlin a bit more hospitable (did you see what I did there?) to them in October. The event itself should be comfortable to the players since they've been playing it in the fall for around 30 years. We know defending champion Kevin Na will as will Bryson DeChambeau, the 2018 champion.

I should probably go with those two as my Twofer Tuesday picks this week, but this is Vegas after all. I've got to roll the dice a bit...

  • My first pick is Patrick Cantlay. The Tour hasn't been kind to Cantlay since the restart, with a T7 and a T11 early on and a T12 in the playoffs his only decent finishes. But he won this event in 2017, finished runner-up in 2018 and lost in a playoff last year. If he's going to find his game in time for the Masters, I think TPC Summerlin is the odds-on favorite to see him do it.
  • And my other pick is Tyler McCumber. True, he started the new season with a MC at Safeway. But with a runner-up and a T6 in the two weeks since, Mark's son seems primed for at least another Top10.

GC's live coverage starts Thursday at 4pm ET. I'll be interested to see what the weather does, as the sweltering heat Las Vegas experienced this summer -- compounded by the smoke that blew into the city from all the wildfires -- is expected to drop from the 80s today into the high 60s by Sunday. Add in the 0% chance of rain and this course could get very fast, very quickly!

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