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2021 Shriners Children's Open odds, predictions: Best bets and surprising PGA Tour picks from proven golf insider

Golf stats expert Sal Johnson nailed Sam Burns' win last week and was on the money all last season, and he offers his best bets and winners for this week's PGA Tour event in Las Vegas.
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Some of the top PGA Tour players will get back to work this week when the 2021 Shriners Children's Open tees off Thursday at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas. The 2021 Shriners Hospitals for Children field includes 11 of the world's top 25 players, including four-time major champion Brooks Koepka and last week's winner, Sam Burns. 

Caesars Sportsbook lists Viktor Hovland as the 20-1 favorite in its latest 2021 Shriners Children's Open golf odds. Burns and Koepka are at 22-1, and other likely contenders in the 2021 Shriners Children's Open field include Abraham Ancer (25-1), Scottie Scheffler (25-1) and Will Zalatoris (28-1).

Before you lock in any bets on the Shriners Children's Open or make any PGA Tour predictions, you have to see what proven golf insider Sal Johnson has to say.

The media legend has broken down the field and has revealed his top Shriners Children's Open picks below. With his track record on picks, you'll really want to see who he is backing, because he knows what it takes to win on the PGA Tour.

The media legend and esteemed golf insider nailed Burns as his winner last week, noting the 25-year-old's recent results and his T-3 finish in Jackson two years before. Johnson knew he had the momentum, and Burns went out and made four birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine Sunday to win his second PGA Tour title.   

Johnson also had a stellar 2020-21 season where he showed his uncanny knack for gauging how players fit the courses. Before the U.S. Open, he pegged Jon Rahm among his best bets to win and touted Louis Oosthuizen at 45-1 as his top long-shot candidate. Rahm and Oosthuizen battled to the finish, with Rahm shooting 4 under in the final round to win his first major title by one stroke.

And before the Tokyo Olympics, he had Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa, Rory McIlroy and Hideki Matsuyama among his top five golfers. Schauffele won the gold medal for Team USA, while the other three made the playoff for the bronze.

He also was one of the few experts to say 55-1 long shot Kevin Kisner had a legitimate chance before he got his first stroke-play win in more than four years at the Wyndham Championship. Anyone who has followed Johnson's advice has cashed in HUGE!

Now Johnson, the first producer of "Inside the PGA Tour," a longtime ABC Sports golf producer who worked with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, and founder of the world's top golf stats database, has released his highly confident 2021 Shriners Children's Open picks, and they will surprise you. (For golf updates and news, click here)  

Shockingly, the golf expert is fading Koepka, who is one of the favorites of oddsmakers. The 31-year-old finished in the top six of three majors and won a tournament last season despite having major knee surgery. But he has had a spotty record at TPC Summerlin, with two top-four finishes but three missed cuts. The golf expert doesn't know which Koepka will show up, and he has several better options who might be flying under your radar.   

This week, the golf expert is backing a MASSIVE long shot who comes in at around 50-1! This golfer had a strong start to the season, and he is known to be dangerous when he gets on a roll. He could easily pull off a HUGE victory in Las Vegas, and anyone who backs this underdog could cash in HUGE!

Who wins the 2021 Shriners Children's Open at TPC Summerlin? Where do Webb Simpson and Viktor Hovland finish? And which MONSTER long shot is a MUST-BACK? ... Join SportsLine now to see Sal Johnson's top predictions and analysis for 2021 Shriners Children's Open golf, all from the insider who knows what it takes to win on the PGA Tour!

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