Koepka out to get flying start in Las Vegas

World No.1 will be aiming to fine-tune his preparations for the Presidents Cup

World number one Brooks Koepka will be out to get his season off to a flying start at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.

Shriners - Koepka set for opener in Las Vegas
Dustin Johnson during day three of The Open Championship 2019. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

The American is set for an opening tournament of the 2019/2020 PGA Tour, while veteran Phil Mickelson returns to the event for the first time since 2005.

Koepka, whose last victory came at the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational in Memphis during July, will be out to take home the winner’s cheque of 1.26m US Dollars (£1.05m) along with the 500 FedEx Cup points.

The 29-year-old will also be aiming to fine-tune his preparations for the Presidents Cup in December.

Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau is also in the field at TPC Summerlin, while Graham DeLaet is set to make his first tour start in nearly two years after major back surgery.

“I have shot some good rounds at home with the boys, but it is different out here and so I am interested to see what happens,” DeLaet said in the Toronto Sun.

Adam Scott, who was a member of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) golf team from 1999-2000, is set to make his tournament debut. The 39-year-old is in a group alongside Koepka and Gary Woodland.

Fellow Australian Jack Trent won the Southern Highlands Collegiate tournament earlier this year, which saw him secure a sponsor invite for the 20-year-old to play a PGA Tour event for the first time.

Trent is determined to take his own chance to make an impact.

“I have always been an under-the-radar type guy, but you can only do that for so long if you want to be out here. I am ready to try to elevate my game to the next level,” he said on www.pgatour.com.

“My goals this week are to have four really solid rounds. I think that would be a great week for me.

“I have a lot of family and friends coming out, so I am going to try to soak it up as much as I can.”

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