FedEx Cup points are on the line in Las Vegas this week.
It might seem like the PGA Tour just wrapped up its 2012-13 season—because it did—but the 2013-14 is already in full swing with the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin.
Ryan Moore is the reigning champion at the event that pop star Justin Timberlake hosted the past five years, but a hungry group of PGA Tour pros will look to snap that streak in this early-season tournament.
There were 132 golfers in contention for the trophy when play began on Thursday, but only one man will take home the winner's share of the purse and the accompanying FedEx points (500) that go along with it.
We've got you covered with updates from all four rounds of the 2013 Shriners Open, so make sure to check back for daily leaderboard information, clutch performances and, most importantly, how things will shake out on Sunday afternoon.
Complete Viewing Info
Where: TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas
When: Oct. 17 through Oct. 20
Watch: Golf Channel
Live Stream: PGA Tour Live
Round 1 and Round 2 Tee Times (via PGATour.com)
|Group||Day 1 (PT)||Day 2 (PT)||Players|
|1||6:55 a.m.||11:30 a.m.||Driscoll, James||Harman, Brian||Kokrak, Jason|
|2||7:04 a.m.||11:39 a.m.||Hearn, David||Stuard, Brian||Hicks, Justin|
|3||7:14 a.m.||11:49 a.m.||Matteson, Troy||MacKenzie, Will||Wi, Charlie|
|4||7:23 a.m.||11:58 a.m.||Laird, Martin||Huh, John||Sabbatini, Rory|
|5||7:33 a.m.||12:08 p.m.||Henley, Russell||Stallings, Scott||Howell III, Charles|
|6||7:42 a.m.||12:17 p.m.||McNeill, George||Ogilvy, Geoff||Allenby, Robert|
|7||7:52 a.m.||12:27 p.m.||Austin, Woody||Gainey, Tommy||Yang, Y.E.|
|8||8:01 a.m.||12:36 p.m.||Perez, Pat||Barnes, Ricky||Flores, Martin|
|9||8:11 a.m.||12:46 p.m.||Romero, Andres||Estes, Bob||Tringale, Cameron|
|10||8:20 a.m.||12:55 p.m.||Turnesa, Marc||Claxton, Will||Knox, Russell|
|11||8:30 a.m.||1:05 p.m.||Peterson, John||Gardiner, Scott||Svoboda, Andrew|
|Group||Day 1 (PT)||Day 2 (PT)||Players|
|12||6:55 a.m.||11:30 a.m.||Ames, Stephen||Immelman, Trevor||Adams, Blake|
|13||7:04 a.m.||11:39 a.m.||Crane, Ben||Jacobson, Freddie||Garrigus, Robert|
|14||7:14 a.m.||11:49 a.m.||de Jonge, Brendon||Matsuyama, Hideki||Blanks, Kris|
|15||7:23 a.m.||11:58 a.m.||Johnson, Zach||Moore, Ryan||Love III, Davis|
|16||7:33 a.m.||12:08 p.m.||Walker, Jimmy||Watney, Nick||Cabrera, Angel|
|17||7:42 a.m.||12:17 p.m.||Ernst, Derek||Henry, JJ||Wilson, Mark|
|18||7:52 a.m.||12:27 p.m.||Beljan, Charlie||Na, Kevin||Byrd, Jonathan|
|19||8:01 a.m.||12:36 p.m.||O'Hair, Sean||Bohn, Jason||McGirt, William|
|20||8:11 a.m.||12:46 p.m.||Palmer, Ryan||Chalmers, Greg||Hahn, James|
|21||8:20 a.m.||12:55 p.m.||Ishikawa, Ryo||Hurley III, Billy||Koepka, Brooks|
|22||8:30 a.m.||1:05 p.m.||Loar, Edward||Swafford, Hudson||Littrell, Don|
|Group||Day 1 (PT)||Day 2 (PT)||Players|
|23||11:30 a.m.||6:55 a.m.||Reavie, Chez||Senden, John||Overton, Jeff|
|24||11:39 a.m.||7:04 a.m.||Baird, Briny||Lingmerth, David||Teater, Josh|
|25||11:49 a.m.||7:14 a.m.||Hoffman, Charley||Lunde, Bill||Campbell, Chad|
|26||11:58 a.m.||7:23 a.m.||English, Harris||Merrick, John||DeLaet, Graham|
|27||12:08 p.m.||7:33 a.m.||Reed, Patrick||Simpson, Webb||Toms, David|
|28||12:17 p.m.||7:42 a.m.||Potter Jr., Ted||Curtis, Ben||Vegas, Jhonattan|
|29||12:27 p.m.||7:52 a.m.||Kirk, Chris||Glover, Lucas||Appleby, Stuart|
|30||12:36 p.m.||8:01 a.m.||Duval, David||Levin, Spencer||Hoffmann, Morgan|
|31||12:46 p.m.||8:11 a.m.||Guthrie, Luke||Van Aswegen, Tyrone||Putnam, Michael|
|32||12:55 p.m.||8:20 a.m.||Collins, Chad||Wilkinson, Tim||Reifers, Kyle|
|33||1:05 p.m.||8:30 a.m.||Hadley,Chesson||Martin, Ben||Penner, Kevin|
|Group||Day 1 (PT)||Day 2 (PT)||Players|
|34||11:30 a.m.||6:55 a.m.||Molder, Bryce||Goydos, Paul||Smith, Chris|
|35||11:39 a.m.||7:04 a.m.||Steele, Brendan||Jones, Matt||Lee, Richard H.|
|36||11:49 a.m.||7:14 a.m.||Maggert, Jeff||Stadler, Kevin||Summerhays, Daniel|
|37||11:58 a.m.||7:23 a.m.||Duke, Ken||Stanley, Kyle||Clark, Tim|
|38||12:08 p.m.||7:33 a.m.||Brown, Scott||Piercy, Scott||Pettersson, Carl|
|39||12:17 p.m.||7:42 a.m.||Frazar, Harrison||Singh, Vijay||Weir, Mike|
|40||12:27 p.m.||7:52 a.m.||Slocum, Heath||Villegas, Camilo||Langley, Scott|
|41||12:36 p.m.||8:01 a.m.||Coceres, Jose||Davis, Brian||Compton, Erik|
|42||12:46 p.m.||8:11 a.m.||Aragon, Alex||Noh, Seung-Yul||Garnett, Brice|
|43||12:55 p.m.||8:20 a.m.||Kisner, Kevin||Prugh, Alex||Gonzales, Andres|
|44||1:05 p.m.||8:30 a.m.||Cauley, Bud||Todd, Brendon||Homa, Max|
Day 1 of the 2013 Shriners Open belonged to JJ Henry.
Starting on the back nine, the 38-year-old Texas native ripped off a performance worthy of the course record at TPC Summerlin. He hit nine birdies and an eagle en route to an 11-under 60 and a one-shot lead over Andres Romero.
Associated Press golf writer Doug Ferguson was impressed with the outing:
JJ Henry about 9.4 shots better than course average. Pretty good golf by my math.— Doug Ferguson (@dougferguson405) October 17, 2013
As noted by PGA Tour media account on Twitter, Vegas brings out the best in Henry:
Behind Henry and Romero, a host of golfers are in the mix. James Driscoll—who took a lead into the clubhouse in the early part of the day—Jeff Overton and past champion Jonathan Byrd are all tied for third at eight under. Former major championship winner Webb Simpson is only four shots off the pace.
IZOD noted on Twitter that Simpson was bogey-free through 16, and he stayed that way on the round after his final two holes:
Take a look at the way the top 10 shook out on Day 1 below.
*For complete look at the Day 1 leaderboard, visit PGATour.com.
Elsewhere, John Senden highlights a group of six golfers currently at six under. Other notable names and performances include Charley Hoffman (five under), Vijay Singh (four under), Martin Laird (three under), Zach Johnson (two under) and Davis Love III (two under).
On the wrong side of the Mendoza line after Round 1 are also a few notable golfers.
Angel Cabrera, Graham DeLaet, Brendon de Jonge and Ken Duke all finished over par on Thursday—not the strong start we expected to see from three men who just wrapped up solid individual campaigns over the last calendar year.
As mentioned, the big story of the day was at the top with Henry and Romero.
Although they are two men who we don't normally hear a lot of at big-time events, the pair combined for 15 birdies and three eagles in what was a thrilling afternoon of golf for both.
Take a closer look at the eagle Henry cupped on No. 9 to end his day with a bang—and a course record.
Romero hasn't won a PGA Tour event since 2008, but you wouldn't know it by watching his Round 1 unfold. The Argentinian was on fire in the middle part of the round and caught up with golf broadcaster Will Haskett after it was completed:
Simpson is one of the most notable names in the tournament this year, and he too put together a solid round worthy of praise in Vegas. Here's a birdie he made on No. 14.
Senden is in the mix at six under in large part because of shots like this on No. 16.
Day 2 will begin around 7 a.m. local time in Vegas on Friday, and Henry will try to maintain his lead over a strong group of contenders at the top of the leaderboard.
*Video courtesy PGATour.com.
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Webb Simpson's consistency through two days has him leading the 2013 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He followed up a seven-under 64 on Thursday with an eight-under 63 on Friday. He leads Thursday’s leader, J.J. Henry and four others by four strokes heading into the weekend.
Here’s a look at the top 10 leaderboard.
Simpson’s day featured nine birdies. Were it not for a bogey on the the 16th hole, the 28-year-old would have an even bigger lead.
With his performance so far, it is no wonder Simpson has been invited to be a part of Tiger World Challenge, per Jason Sobel of the Golf Channel.
Webb Simpson and Bill Haas announced as final players to round out field for Tiger’s World Challenge. All 18 ranked in the world’s top-30.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) October 18, 2013
It is hard to say Henry faltered after putting up a blistering 11-under par 60 on Thursday. He shot even par for the day, but with Simpson maintaing such a torrid pace for two straight days, Henry needed another great performance to remain on top.
Not as Hot as Henry and Simpson
After one round, Andres Romero was just one shot behind Henry. Things dramatically changed for the worst on Friday. After six birdies and two eagles in Round 1, Romero shot the highest score of the day in Round 2 at 10 over and missed the cut.
He had a triple, double and six bogeys on the day.
That’s a monumental collapse considering how good he was on Thursday. Golf can be a very cruel game. Romero saw that first hand on Friday. Will Gray of Golf Channel captures the specifics of the implosion.
Andres Romero with a double on No. 6, now +10 today through 15 holes after a 61 yesterday. Gonna go from 2nd to MC in the blink of an eye.— Will Gray (@WillGrayGC) October 18, 2013
Still in the Hunt
Sitting even with Henry at 11 under is Jason Bohn. There is a five-way tie for second place. Bohn was just as good as Simpson on Friday with his own eight-under 63. For a while, it seemed he may have a shot at shooting a sub-60 round.
Jason Bohn has made 8 birdies in his last 12 holes at the @ShrinersOpen, will he shoot 59 today? Tune in on Sirius 208/XM 93 to find out!— SXM PGA TOUR Radio (@SiriusXMPGATOUR) October 18, 2013
Bohn had nine birdies on the day. He faltered a bit on the 17th hole with a double bogey, but on the strength of his strong performance on Friday, he's in the mix for the weekend.
Can Simpson hold the lead better than Henry did? We'll have to see on Saturday.
Webb Simpson is the clubhouse leader heading into Sunday's final round at TPC Summerlin. At 19-under par, he's four shots ahead of Chesson Hadley and the rest of the field, as noted by the Golf Channel:
With just one round remaining, this is Simpson's tournament to win—or lose.
Here's a look at the leaderboard, courtesy of PGATour.com, followed by a look at the day's top stories:
Sean O'Hair Shoots Up Into Contention
After failing to register a single top-10 finish in 2013, O'Hair is ready for a new beginning. As noted by the PGA Tour, he called last season "dark," but after shooting 63 on Saturday he's well on his way to putting the past behind him:
For the day, O'Hair carded seven birdies and an eagle, posting the hottest round of the day to move up into a six-way tie for fifth place.
Incredibly, his round could have been even better if not for a bogey at No. 12.
Heading into Sunday, he'll need another red-hot round to win this tournament, along with an utter collapse by Simpson at the top.
Chesson Hadley Gives Himself a Shot to Win
Hadley entered Round 3 four shots behind Simpson, and he finished the round with just as much ground to make up on Sunday.
Things didn't start well for the little-known American golfer. He double-bogeyed No. 3 to shoot down the leaderboard early before bouncing back with a couple of birdies on the front nine to move back to even par.
Hadley then birdied No. 11 and No. 15 before hitting one of the best shots of the tournament. As noted by the PGA Tour, he holed out from 98 yards on the 16th hole for an eagle, vaulting into second place:
Chesson Hadley just holed out from 98 yards for eagle on the par-5 16th to vault into 2nd place, 3 back of Webb Simpson @shrinersopen— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) October 19, 2013
It was an impressive recovery after such an inauspicious start, but he'll need to cut out the big mistakes tomorrow if he has any hope of winning.
Webb Simpson Should Coast to Victory
Through three rounds, Simpson's worst score at this tournament has been four-under par, and he's on pace to finish at 25-under par.
Unlike his first two rounds, Simpson wasn't sharp to start his round on Saturday, bogeying No. 3. But he responded by making birdies on his next two holes, which was something that occurred three times in his round.
After carding a bogey on No. 11, he birdied four of his next five holes, to take a four-shot lead into the final round, as noted by IZOD:
This tournament is his to win, and it's not likely he'll suffer a letdown on Sunday.
Webb Simpson isn’t in to drama. He took control on Friday and his consistent play through the weekend led to victory at the 2013 Shriners Open in Las Vegas. Simpson held off a decent charge from Ryo Ishikawa and Jason Bohn to win the tournament by six strokes. He tied the tournament record finishing 24 under par overall.
Webb Simpson reaches -23 with birdie at 15. A 66 or better from Webb will tie the @ShrinersOpen tournament record (Ryan Moore, 2012).— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) October 20, 2013
Here’s a look at the final leaderboard.
|T5||Charles Howell III||-6||-16|
Simpson’s Stellar Weekend
Talk about closing the show. On the final two rounds of the tournament, Simpson was nine under par. He had 12 birdies and three bogeys over the weekend.
He wasn’t quite as sharp as he was on Thursday and Friday when he was 15 under par, but he didn’t need to be. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more consistent and solid four days of golf.
Golfing Dweeb from Golf Revolution Online concurs.
The 40-year-old from Lewisburg, Pa. will be kicking himself for the three double bogeys he had in the first three rounds of play. If he simply bogeys those holes, the final five holes on Sunday could have looked a lot different.
It is impossible to say how Simpson would have performed if his next closest competitor was a more serious threat to him in the standings. However, pressure can sometimes adversely affect the play of the man atop the leaderboard.
Nevertheless, Bohn finished strong with seven birdies on Sunday. Based on the way Simpson played throughout the tournament, there is no shame in finishing second.
Most of the time, what Ishikawa did in Las Vegas would have been enough to win a tournament. Thanks to Simpson’s high level of play and Bohn’s strong finish, he had to settle for a second-place tie. By shooting a six-under 66 on the final day, Ishikawa put himself in position to take advantage of any potential mistakes Simpson might make.
Unfortunately for Ishikawa, Simpson didn’t give him or anyone else an inroad.