With the US Masters on the horizon a top class field tees it up at the Golf Course of Houston in Texas in the Shell Houston Open.
The Golf Course of Houston is a par 72 and organisers set it up to try and resemble Augusta as far as possible. The fairways are wide with minimal rough and distance off the tee rather than accuracy should be rewarded although Greens in Regulation is generally a key stat. The greens will be quick to get players used to high speeds ahead of the Masters.
Jordan Spieth tops the betting boards ahead of last week’s beaten WGC match play finalist Jon Rahm and there is plenty of depth in the field with several players looking to either fine tune their games or find some form ahead of Augusta. Others need to win to qualify for Augusta.
2016 – Jim Herman -15
2015 – J.B Holmes -16 *
2014 – Matt Jones -15 *
2013 – D.A Points -16
2012 – Hunter Mahan -16
2011 – Phil Mickelson -20
35/1 and better the balance, prices correct at the time of posting but subject to change.
Hendrik Stenson at 14/1 – each way
He has been runner-up here twice including last year. His length off the tee is a big plus here and my only concern is a missed cut in his last start which was the Arnold Palmer.
Billy Horschel at 45/1 – each way
Horschel has been expensive to follow in recent years but he has been playing well and looks ready to win again soon. If he wants to qualify for the Masters it will have to be this week. He was T2 here in 2013 the last time he played the event and has a top 5 and a top 15 to his credit this year.
Tony Finau at 40/1 – each way
The big hitter has been in good form this season and while a T42 and a missed cut in his two starts in this event don’t inspire confidence he should enjoy the course and I expect a big showing this week.
Jim Herman at 100/1 – each way
The defending champion has shown signs of form and has a top 5 to his credit this year. He obviously enjoys the course at the price looks worth a small interest.
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