The PGA Tour rolls on into October with the 36th edition of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open this weekend, October 3-6. The tournament takes place in sunny Las Vegas at the Bobby Weed designed TPC Summerlin. The event helps fund the Shriners Hospitals for Children, a network of 22 non-profit hospitals that provide care for orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate surgeries regardless of the patients’ ability to pay. The field coming to Nevada looks strong with Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Cantlay and Adam Scott all teeing up, along with Greenbrier Classic winner Joaquin Niemann.
The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open was founded in 1983 as a bit of an oddity: the then named Panasonic Las Vegas Pro Celebrity Classic was played over 5 rounds over multiple courses. The 5 rounds were dropped to the standard 4 only in 2004, making it a marathon of golf unlike other tournaments for most of its history. The tournament lived up to its Vegas image by offering a then-record purse of $750,000 in its first ear and also became the first PGA Tour event to offer a purse over $1 million in 1984.
The tournament has seen many notable past champions, including inaugural champion Fuzzy Zoeller, and 1985 champion Curtis Strange. The tournament has become a part of history as the site of Tiger Woods’ first PGA Tour win in 1996 via playoff over Davis Love III. The only multiple winner in the history of the tournament is Jim Furyk, a 3-time winner (1995, 1998, & 1999). The tournament also saw Jonathan Byrd win a playoff over Martin Laird and Cameron Percy in 2010 with an ace, the only playoff win by a hole-in-one in PGA Tour history.
Jonathan Byrd after winning with an ace. photo credit: Getty Images
There are numerous options for fans who want to catch the action live, starting with general admission tickets that give access to all the grounds and facilities open to the general public. Good any one day general admission tickets are $29 while a weekly ticket is $89. In addition, grounds tickets are available for free for children under 18. Upgraded options include The Hill by Casamigos, a facility located between holes 16, 17 and 18 that includes upgraded food and beverage options available for purchase, as well as a multiple viewing platforms and lounges. Tickets that are good any day are $49 and weekly tickets are $199. TPC Summerlin Clubhouse provides access to the grounds and the Hill while also giving patrons access to the clubhouse to enjoy fine dining and cocktail options. Good any one day tickets are $69 with weekly tickets going for $239. For an all-inclusive option, fans can opt for the Hive overlooking the 17th hole. The venue includes complimentary food and drinks, numerous TVs providing coverage of the event and spectacular views of the action. Daily tickets for the Hive are $349, with weekend tickets going for $599 and a weekly ticket costing $1,199.
Fans unable to take in the action in purpose can enjoy television coverage on the Golf Channel. Television coverage is provided Thursday and Friday, 4-8pm ET, and Saturday and Sunday 5-8pm ET. Coverage of featured groups will also be streaming on PGA Tour Live on Thursday and Friday. Radio coverage of all 4 rounds is featured on PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM satellite radio and streaming online at PGATour.com.