After a season off the PGA Tour schedule, the Houston Open returns. Who is our tipster backing for glory?
The Houston Open is taking up it’s new spot in the PGA Tour schedule and has a lot to live up to after Kevin Na’s dramatic play-0ff victory at the Shriners Open. Ian Poulter came out on top here last season, a win which sealed his spot at the 2019 Masters. My Houston Open betting tips are below, but first…
Venue: Golf Club of Houston, Texas, USA
Date: October 10-13, 2019
Course stats: Par 72, 7,440 yards
Course summary: Previous setups have been dictated by the following week’s Masters, so we’ve seen slick greens and short grass. This time, the rough will be taller and the greens could be a little slower, but this won’t really be apparent until we get underway. Hitting greens has proved to be a fairly consistent strength among winners, so that could be something to look out for. As with many of the fall series events, course form looks to stand for a lot so it won’t be a surprise to see some familiar names at the top of the leaderboard.
2018 champion: Ian Poulter (-19, beat Beau Hossler in a play-off)
Thursday: Sky Sports Golf and Main Event, 5pm (featured groups); Sky Sports Golf, 8pm (live); Main Event, 11pm (live)
Friday: Sky Sports Golf and Main Event, 5pm (featured groups); Sky Sports Golf, 8pm (live); Main Event, 10pm (live)
Saturday: Sky Sports Golf, 8pm (live); Main Event, 10pm (live)
Sunday: Sky Sports Golf, 8pm (live)
Houston Open betting tips: Player’s to follow
I can’t ignore the course form of Russell Henley (25/1 with bet365), whose last five appearances read 8-1-5-4-7.
Na was the latest to prove just how important it is to consider previous course form when winning his second Shriners Open ahead of Patrick Cantlay, who had also won and been a runner-up at that course in the past.
Henley hasn’t missed a cut for some time on the PGA Tour but hasn’t really been able to challenge at the top over the weekends.
I’m confident that a return to this course will change that and in a field that features just two of the world’s top 50 players, he has an outstanding chance of winning at good odds.
Daniel Berger (22/1) has won twice on the PGA Tour and is returning to Houston where he has impressed in the past.
In his last four appearances he has two top-5 finishes and has not slipped outside the top-25 so he clearly knows his way around the layout.
After a few weeks off, he made his first start of the season at the Safeway Open where he tied for 23rd and improved on this to tie for 18th at the Shriners.
I’m happy to back Berger to continue his upward trend in form and his good experience here in the past will be a boost to his chances.
Matt Every (110/1) is another who has performed well here and could prove to be an interesting prospect in the each way market.
Tied 8th in the last playing of this event was his best finish and this was a considerable improvement on the previous year’s 65th.
After a recent series of missed cuts, the inconsistent American looked strong in the Shriners last week when playing his way into a share of 18th.
This offers some promise as he seems to be good at finding pockets of form where he produces high finishes despite enduring some longer stretches of struggles.
As mentioned earlier, finding greens looks key around this course and so far her has hit 75% of his greens in regulation this season. ranking 27th, so this should suit him.