Power Rankings: 2014 Shriners Open


The PGA Tour continues to kick off the 2014-15 season with the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. A field of 144 players will tee it up at TPC Summerlin, where the winning score often exceeds 20 under par.

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Webb Simpson won this event a year ago by six shots over Ryo Ishikawa and Jason Bohn. Here are 10 players to watch in Las Vegas:

1. Brooks Koepka: His T-8 finish at Silverado was his fourth consecutive top-11 finish overall, and signaled that the 24-year-old is prepared to contend in his first full season as a PGA Tour member. His length off the tee should come in handy at TPC Summerlin, and a shootout could be his best chance to notch that maiden win.

2. Billy Horschel: The FedEx Cup champ makes his season debut, but after a short offseason there's reason to expect that the form - and momentum - that carried him to two playoff wins will carry over. Horschel was T-16 in 2011 in his lone start in this event.

3. Jimmy Walker: His Ryder Cup fatigue was evident in his title defense in Napa, but TPC Summerlin has suited him well in years past. Walker was T-10 in 2011 and T-12 a year ago in Sin City, and he finished last season third on Tour in birdie average.

4. Martin Laird: While some high finishes yield nothing but positives, Laird admitted Sunday he was disappointed with his T-3 finish at Silverado after holding the 36-hole lead. He'll have a chance to make up for that disappointment on a course where he won in 2009 and lost in a playoff in 2010.

5. Hideki Matsuyama: Matsuyama began his season with a T-3 finish at the Frys.com Open, where he found 56/72 greens in regulation. Matsuyama is making his first start in Las Vegas, but with many of the game's top players still on the sidelines he remains a player to watch.

6. Webb Simpson: The defending champ torched the field last year en route to a six-shot victory, and now will tee it up for the first time since a disappointing appearance at the Ryder Cup. Simpson also tied for fourth at TPC Summerlin in 2009, so it appears the desert air might suit him.

7. Ryan Moore: The UNLV grad will have plenty of support from the galleries this week, and he'll play a course where he won in 2011 and was T-9 a year ago. Moore is making his first start since the BMW Championship, but finished last season in the top 25 in both birdie average and GIR percentage.

8. Brandt Snedeker: Snedeker was slow getting out of the gates in wine country, where he tied for 57th last week, and now heads to Vegas for the first time since 2008 (T-24). Should his putter heat up, though, Sneds will be one to watch this weekend.

9. Nick Watney: Watney is coming off a disappointing season, but he did begin to show signs of life in July and August. TPC Summerlin is one of his preferred venues, having cracked the top 10 three straight years from 2009-2011, including a runner-up showing in 2010.

10. Kevin Na: Na claimed his lone PGA Tour win in Las Vegas in 2011, and a quietly solid season led to a Tour Championship berth last month after Na recorded 14 top-25 finishes in 27 starts. He finished last season 16th in scoring average and 18th in the all-around ranking.