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Shriners Children's Open Tips & Preview - 4 contenders for victory at TPC Summerlin

04 Oct 2022
Freetips staff 04 Oct 2022
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  • The Shriners Children's Open takes place between 6-9 October
  • The tournament takes place at TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Sungjae Im is the defending champion
  • 12 of the world's top 50 golfers are in the field
  • Our four selections who could win on Sunday
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Sungjae Im is the reigning champion (Getty Images)

The players head to Las Vegas for the latest round of the PGA Tour at TPC Summerlin. Who will emerge as the winner in this competitive lineup come Sunday?

Sungjae Im returns to defend his title after his triumph in 2021. 

There are five past major winners in the lineup, including Stewart Cink, Jason Dufner, Jimmy Walker, and Gary Woodland.

These are our four selections that could win the title this weekend.

Sungjae Im


Sungjae Im had an excellent start to his 2021/2022 season, finishing T31 at the Sanderson Farms Championship, winning the Shriners Children's Open, placing T9 at the CJ Cup and T19 at the Houston Open.

The 24-year-old continued to impress around the greens, placing T8 at the Tournament of Champions, MC at the Sony Open in Hawaii, T11 at the American Express and T6 at the Farmers Insurance Open.

His form dipped after those string of top performances on the golf course, finishing T33 at the Genesis Invitational, MC, T20 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and T35 at the WGC Dell Technologies.

The Korean refound his game, placing T8 at the Masters, T21 at the RBC Heritage, T15 at the Charles Schwab Challenge and T10 at the Memorial Tournament.

His subsequent three events were poor, missing the cut at the US Open and Genesis Scottish Open and finishing T81 at the Open Championship.

Im bounced back to his best after those disappointing performances, placing T2 at the 3M Open, T2 at the Wyndham Championship, 12th at the FedEx St Jude Championship, T15 at the BMW Championship and T2 at the Tour Championship.

He played well for the Internationals at the recent Presidents Cup, finishing with a record of two wins, two halves and one loss.

He has competed at the Shriners Children's Open three times, placing T15 in 2018, T13 in 2020 and winning the tournament in 2021.

Im has been ultra-consistent in recent months, with three runner-up results in five tournaments, giving him a great chance to defend his title this weekend. 

Max Homa


Max Homa started his new season on the PGA Tour the same as last year with victory at the 2022 Fortinet Championship, and he was one of the star players for Team USA at the recent Presidents Cup, winning all four of his matches.

Before that, Homa had produced other excellent results last season. He won the Wells Fargo Championship, placed T5 at the Memorial Tournament, T10 at the Genesis Invitational, T13 at the Players Championship, T13 at the PGA Championship, T14 at the Phoenix Open, T15 at the Tournament of Champions, T17 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and T23 at the Charles Schwab Challenge.

The 31-year-old's last seven tournaments before his lastest triumph were solid, finishing T47 at the US Open, T16 at the Genesis Scottish Open, MC at the Open Championship, T24 at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, T42 at the FedEx St Jude Championship, T23 at the BMW Championship and T5 at the Tour Championship.

The American has a poor record at this event, placing T30 in 2013 and missing the cut in his subsequent four appearances.

Despite Homa's poor record at the Shriners Children's Open, he won his last tournament and impressed at the Presidents Cup, giving him the confidence to secure another win on the PGA Tour at TPC Summerlin. 

Tom Kim


Tom Kim's first five months of the year were on the Asian Tour, where he performed well before heading to the United States to compete on the PGA Tour.

Tom Kim won the Singapore International, placed T2 at the SMBC Singapore Open, T45 at the Saudi International, 17th at the Royal's Cup 2022 and T23 at the International Series in Thailand before missing the cut at Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on the DP World Tour.

The 20-year-old returned to the Asian Tour, and refound his form from earlier in the year, placing second at the Trust Golf Asian Mixed Cup, T4 at the Trust Golf Asian Mixed Stableford Challenge, and T5 at the 41st GS Caltex Maekyung Open.

The Korean took that form with him onto the PGA Tour, finishing T17 AT&T Byron Nelson, MC, 5th at the International Series England (Asian Tour), 23rd at the US Open and 3rd at the Genesis Scottish Open.

His subsequent two starts were average, finishing T47 at the Open Championship and T26 at the 3M Open before placing T7 at the Rocket Mortgage Classic and winning his maiden PGA Tout title at the Wyndham Championship.

At the FedEx playoff events, Kim finished T13 at the FedEx St. Jude Championship and T54 at the BMW Championship.

Tom Kim helped the Internationals to reverse their fortunes at the Presidents Cup, finishing with two victories and three losses at the event.

He is making his debut at the Shriners Children's Open.

Tom Kim has been a revelation since emerging on the PGA Tour and will be full of confidence that he can lift the trophy come Sunday. 

Si Woo Kim


Si Woo Kim has had a decent year on the PGA Tour, although he has shown improvement in recent tournaments.

The 27-year-old started by finishing T23 at the Tournament of Champions, T55 at the Sony Open, T11 at the American Express, T11 at the Farmers Insurance Open, T26 at the Phoenix Open and 73rd at the Genesis Invitational in his first six tournaments.

The Korean showed consistency in his subsequent four events, placing T26 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, WD at the Players Championship, T18 at the WGC Dell Technologies World Match Play and T13 at the Valero Texas Open.

His form suffered after those results, finishing T39, T42, T37, MC, T60, and T13 at the Memorial Tournament, MC, MC, and MC at the Genesis Scottish Open.

However, he bounced back with a credible T15 place at the Open Championship and T14 at the Rocket Mortgage Classic but had to withdraw from the Wyndham Championship.

His next two starts in the FedEx play-off events were average, finishing T42 FedEx St Jude Championship and 67th at the BMW Championship.

Kim went back to compete on the Asian Tour at the 38th Shinhan Donghae Open, placing T5 overall, before he won three and lost one of his matches at the Presidents Cup.

He has a solid record at the Shriners Children's Open, placing T25 in 2015, T15 in 2018, T55 in 2019, T8 in 2020 and MC in 2021.

Kim has been in great touch lately, and a repeat of his recent performances could see him upset the others and walk away with the honours in Las Vegas. 
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Verdict

Im has been holding form and can claim the victory in Las Vegas this weekend.

Homa has been playing well and can win back-to-back PGA Tour titles.
 
Tom Kim has the game to win another PGA Tour Title at the Shriners Children's Open.
 
Si Woo Kim has looked back his best in recent outings and is the long-shot pick at TPC Summerlin.

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