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Alex Livie October 3, 2012
Nick Watney's driver could be crucial at TPC Summerlin © Getty Images
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Fresh from his questionable efforts as compere at the opening ceremony for the Ryder Cup, Justin Timberlake is back in the golfing spotlight again - this time with his name being put to the opening event of the Fall Series: Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

It's not quite the Ryder Cup, but there is still plenty to play for in the final weeks of the season. There are players looking to work their way into the top 125 on the money list to secure their card for next year, while a place in the top 30 in the money list come the end of the season will guarantee a spot in the field for next year's Masters.

We're a little lacking in star names, but there's highly likely to be plenty to cheer at TPC Summerlin given the course's reputation as a paradise for those who like to make birdies. Summerlin stretches out to 7342 yards but is consistently inside the top six courses in greens in regulation, while last year's winner Kevin Na posted rounds of 67, 63, 66 and 65 for a 23-under par total of 261.

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  • Nick Watney E/W - 14/1 at bet365

History suggests those who are happy firing at pins and being aggressive will prosper and it is no surprise that Ryan Moore is heading the market with bet365 at 12/1. He has form coming into the event after claiming top-ten finishes in the FedEx Playoffs and is 21st in par breakers.

Robert Garrigus hasn't missed the cut in his six starts at TPC Summerlin and he can be backed at 14/1, while Vijay Singh heads to Las Vegas on the back of 23 birdies and an eagle on his latest outing at the BMW Championship.

With the weather set fair for the week, scoring is likely to be exceptionally low and the Betting Bunker likes the look of a man with course form. Step forward local boy Nick Watney. He narrowly missed out on victory last year, leading after 54 holes but coming up two strokes short of Na. Watney tied for sixth in 2010, which reinforces his liking for the Summerlin track.

The Ryder Cup has left a bitter taste for many and it may be a case of 'what might have been' for Watney who narrowly missed out on a place in the side. A week of reflection coupled with a desire to shrug off the memories of 12 months ago point to Watney making a bold show this weekend - so take the 14/1 with bet365.

Please note that odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.

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