The PGA Tour heads to the desert for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and as you’d expect for one of the driest places on earth, there is plenty of room off the tee. Rod Pampling was a shock winner twelve months ago and it’s always worth chancing your arm in Vegas.
Trey Mullinax struggled last season, losing his playing rights but he’s got a few opportunities early in the wraparound schedule in these weaker fields and he needs to make the most of them.
Last year he finished T36 but threatened to finish higher because TPC Summerlin dplays to his strengths. Like 2015 winner Smylie Kaufman he is a winner on the Web.com Tour and one of the biggest hitters around. For the season just gone he averaged 309.6 yards off the tee, the ninth longest on the PGA Tour.
A good putter, he needs to improve his approach play but off some monster drives he might be able to drive, chip and putt his way to victory. Currently first alternate, Rod Pampling got a late entry into the Shriners to win and history could repeat itself.