Yahoo Golf Talk: Shriners Children's Open

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The PGA TOUR is setting up shop in Las Vegas for the next two weeks.

The first stop is TPC Summerlin, a course that yields boatloads of birdies and eagles.

The course features bentgrass putting surfaces and with an easy scoring environment, you will be expected to catch fire with the flat stick for at least a round or two.

From tee to green this course is not overly challenging. It favors "boring golf" as you don't need to overpower the course in order to contend.

Keeping it simple with fairways and greens is an easy recipe for success so let's have a look at some data to see who might be lined up for a nice week in Vegas.

Bentgrass Putting

TPC Summerlin has bermudagrass from tee to green but smooth, bentgrass putting surfaces.

"I’m very aggressive because I feel like I can make a lot of putts. I’m not really scared of the come-backers because they’re nice, pure bent greens. Yeah, it’s always nice to see a few putts go in." -Sam Ryder

"I feel really comfortable on the greens. Some of the greens are pretty big with a lot of breaking putts." -Patrick Rodgers

Using the NBC Sports Edge Driver tool we can find who is gaining the most strokes putting per round on bentgrass greens, over the last two seasons:

Ian Poulter
Harris English
Richy Werenski
Martin Trainer
Brandt Snedeker
Jason Kokrak
Cameron Davis
Cameron Tringale
Adam Schenk
Stewart Cink
Charl Schwartzel
Brian Gay
Adam Scott
Lanto Griffin
Abraham Ancer

Ian Poulter ($33): The Englishman hasn't played here since a missed cut in his 2005 tournament debut. However, his ability to heat up the putter makes him a high-upside option for weekly gamers.

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Fairways and Greens

We just looked at a longer-term view of putting performance but what about golfers that are rolling their rock currently?

Putting can have a lot of variance from week to week but there is something about poor putters "finding something" that works for them over a small stretch of time.

Using the NBC Sports Edge Driver tool we can add in Strokes Gained - Fairway Hit and Strokes Gained - GIR to see who is outperforming the field in those two traditional stat categories, over the last two seasons:

Corey Conners
Mito Pereira
Aaron Rai
Kyle Stanley
Abraham Ancer
Emiliano Grillo
Hayden Buckley
Chez Reavie
Kevin Streelman
Ryan Moore
Brian Stuard
Brice Garnett
Viktor Hovland
Russell Knox
Henrik Norlander

Corey Conners ($36): The Canadian is top 10 in fairways gained over the field and third in the field in GIR Gained. He is a machine from tee to green, so it all comes down to how his putter performs. He belongs in the top tier this week, but is priced just below that making him a solid option to be the second or third golfer drafted onto your roster.

Hopefully, these stats will give you some names to dive into when it comes to researching your final selections this week over at Yahoo!