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The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open returns to Las Vegas for the 35th edition of the tournament. The tournament is held at the TPC at Summerlin, and promises a strong field including Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Tony Finau and Bryson DeChambeau. With the PGA Tour season still in its early days, the tournament provides an excellent opportunity for golfers to gain an early lead in the FedEx Cup standings.
The inaugural tournament took place in 1983 as the Panasonic Las Vegas Pro Celebrity Classic, soon to be renamed simply the Las Vegas Invitational, and was won by Fuzzy Zoeller. The tournament started in historic fashion by offering a purse of $750,000, a record at the time, and then became the first tournament offer a purse of over a million dollars the following year. The large amounts of money on offer helped establish the tournament as a tour favorite among players and fans. Past champions include Webb Simpson, Tiger Woods, Curtis Strange and Davis Love III. Jim Furyk is the sole multiple winner with 3, while both Webb Simpson and Ryan Moore have the lowest score with -24.
The tournament began its association with the Shriners Hospitals for Children in 2007. The Shriners, a fraternal organization dating back to the 1870s, has operated children’s hospitals since 1922. They are best known for offering orthopaedic, spinal cord, cleft palate and burn treatments free of charge, and treat all other ailments regardless of the patient's’ ability to pay. Over their history, the Shriners have manager to treat over 1.3 million children. The tournament benefits the hospitals directly by providing all profits to the organization.
For fans looking to travel to Las Vegas, there are numerous ticketing options. General Admission is available for weekly access for $50 or fans can purchase a daily ticket for $15 that is good for any one day. Admission to the HILL, an open air pavilion that overlooks the 16th, 17th and 18th, costs $35 for the day or $99 for the week. The HILL offers food, drinks, TVs and music to provide a real Vegas experience to fans. Fans can also upgrade their HILL tickets to have access to unlimited beer, wine, water and soft drinks for $89 for the day or $299 for the week. Daily tickets for the TPC at Summerlin clubhouse can also be had for $75 and offers access to the expanded bar and dining options available to members and a more reserved atmosphere compared to the HILL. Fans who want a more exclusive option can purchase tickets to the Hive, a luxury venue with complimentary food and drinks, for $300 per day, $550 for the weekend or $999 for the week.
Television coverage is provided by the Golf Channel for spectators who won’t be making the trip out to Nevada. Coverage begins Thursday and runs 4:30-7:30pm ET Thursday-Saturday. The final round will be 3:30-6:30pm ET on Sunday. Radio coverage is provided by PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM and online at PGATour.com.