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First Look: Shriners Kids’ Open

Fresh off his impressive performance at the Presidents Cup, Sungjae Im is looking to defend his title at the Shriners Children’s Open as the PGA TOUR heads west for its annual stop in Las Vegas.

FIELD REMARKS: 2021 FedExCup Champion Patrick Cantlay, No. 4 in the Official World Golf Ranking, is set to play…Cantlay’s Presidents Cup teammate Max Homa returns to action…Tom Kim, who electrified the world of golf at the Presidents Cup with his spirit of representing the international team, will compete at TPC Summerlin…Twelve players ranked in the world’s top 50 will travel to Vegas…Joining Kim and Sungjae Im of the international team of the Presidents Cup are Cam Davis, Si Woo Kim, KH Lee, Mito Pereira, Taylor Pendrith and Christiaan Bezuidenhout… Five great champions are ready to play… More than a dozen players with Las Vegas ties are ready to pitch dice, including UNLV alumni and recent Korn Ferry Tour graduates Harry Hall and Taylor Montgomery…Sponsor exemptions include Charley Hoffman and Thomas Detry, who shared the 36-hole lead at the Sanderson Farms Championship…D ‘has Other sponsor exemptions include rising stars Chris Gotterup, Cole Hammer, Quinn Riley and Patrick Welc h…Jason Day returns to action in Vegas. He’s only played the event once before (missing the cut two years ago)…Martin Laird, who won in 2009 and 2020, is looking for even more magic in Las Vegas.

FEDEXCUP: The winner receives 500 FedExCup points.

CLASSES: TPC Summerlin, par 71, 7,255 yards. A staple of the PGA TOUR schedule, TPC Summerlin will once again challenge the TOUR’s best with lush bentgrass greens, plenty of water features and a layout that features raw landscape elements and meanders through arroyos and canyons. Last year, Sungjae Im dominated Bobby Weed’s design (with Fuzzy Zoeller as player consultant) with an impressive display of ball-striking; he ranked #1 on both greens in Regulation and Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green.

RECORD 72 HOLES: 260, Ryan Moore (2012), Webb Simpson (2013), Sungjae Im (2021)

RECORD 18 HOLES: 59, Chip Beck (Round 3, 1991 to Sunrise GC). Summerlin TPC Record: 60, JJ Henry (Round 1, 2013), Rod Pampling (Round 1, 2016)

STORY LINES: Patrick Cantlay hit the jackpot at TPC Summerlin. The 2021 TOUR Player of the Year is relishing the Vegas layout, having finished first in 2017, runner-up in 2018 and 2019, and eighth in 2020… Max Homa, meanwhile, is hoping to change his luck in Vegas. This is his sixth TPC Summerlin start, and he’s missed four cuts. Homa, however, enters the week with a perfect week of 4-0-0 at the Presidents Cup after winning the Fortinet Championship to open the TOUR’s 2022-23 season… Despite the international team’s loss in the Presidents Cup, there was a lot of positive momentum coming from that team room in Charlotte.

LAST TIME: Sungjae Im shot a whopping 9 under 62 in the final round to tear up a tournament with a record 24 under and win by four strokes. Im’s final lap was marked by seven birdies in an eight-hole streak around the bend at TPC Summerlin. Im was one of four players who had at least a share of the lead in Sunday’s front nine in Las Vegas, but broke away from the pack with an impressive effort in the back nine. Funny enough, Im’s first win came in his 50th TOUR start while his second, the Shriners, came in his 100th. Im’s last round 62 was the lowest by a winner in Las Vegas since Smylie Kaufman shot a 61 in 2016. Matthew Wolff finished second while Marc Leishman, Rory Sabbatini and Adam Schenk tied for the third rank. Sabbatini shot a front nine 28 on Sunday and was briefly tied for the lead but couldn’t hold the pedal down as he made the turn.


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