It was a wild weekend in Jackson, Mississippi with names flying up and down the leaderboard.  Thomas Detry looked completely in control heading into the weekend before dropping an ugly 74 on Saturday which took him out of contention.  That opened the door for Mackenzie Hughes and Sepp Straka to climb up and battle it out in a playoff on Sunday.  It only took two sudden death holes for the Canadian to win his second career PGA Tour event.  We got to see a player who is typically in the mid-7K range on DraftKings show off his skill set.  This is where watching these events help us when the bulk of the PGA DFS season rolls around.  Sepp Straka should not be forgotten because he has flashed a few times and shown an ability to play on the biggest stages with the best in the world.     

VEGAS BABY!  The PGA Tour wrap-around schedule heads to Las Vegas, Nevada for the Shriners Children’s Open.  We’ve got an improved field this weekend and you have to think that this event being in 
Sin City” helps bring in more top tier talent.  We’ve got 12 of the Top 50 players in the world teeing it up this weekend.  The tournament is played at TPC Summerlin which was designed by Bobby Weed and consulted on by Fuzzy Zoeller.  It is consistently ranked by Golf Digest as one of "America's Best" in their "Top 100 Modern Golf Courses in the United States."  

You may some of the previous winners you may know over the last decade are Ryan Moore (2012), Webb Simpson (2013), Patrick Cantlay (2017 - 1st PGA Tour Victory), Bryson DeChambeau (2018) on the LIV Tour now, Kevin Na twice (2011 & 2019) on the LIV Tour now, Martin Laird (2020), and Sungjae Im taking it down in 2021.  We’d probably see more household names if it wasn’t for the LIV Tour but it is what it is.    

The course went through a major overhaul a few years back after nearly 25 years.  All 102 bunkers were redone and fitted with white sand.  In a lot of the cases, they were relocated to enhance the value of strategy for today’s talent.  TPC Summerlin sits between 7,200-7,300 yards in length depending on the tee boxes and plays as a Par 71.  That distance is deceiving because of the thin air in Las Vegas, it plays a lot shorter than the actual distance.  The 280 hitters hit it 300, the 300 hitters can stretch it to 320 and so on.  We need birdie makers this weekend because 10 of the last 12 editions of this event the winner has ended at 20 under par or better.  Players have got to finish 3-5 under par each day to keep themselves in the hunt for a Top 10 finish.  

Putting is a vital stat every single week and when you look at Kevin Na’s history of winning on this course, it was done on the greens.  In this tournament, the greens in regulation for even the worst golfers are very high.  Overall, this will be one of the easier courses that these players will face the entire 2021-2022 season.

The weather should be exactly what you expect from Las Vegas in October.  No rain in the forecast at all with sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 80s throughout the weekend.  It should be a fun week in the desert for these players and hopefully we all can bring home big cash in DFS.  Good luck!