2016 Shell Houston Open Betting Preview And Tips

2016 Shell Houston Open Betting Tips
2016 Shell Houston Open Betting Preview and Tips with Donal Doc Hughes.

March 31st – April 3rd, 2016
Golf Club of Houston, Humble, Texas
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,457
Purse: $6.8 million with $1,224,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: J.B. Holmes

Doc's Top Five Players  To Watch in Houston

Phil Mickelson 20/1

Phil Mickelson. Best scoring average on Tour.

Good early season form including a solo fifth at the WGC Cadillac and second at Pebble thanks to rediscovered form on the greens where he has once again become a real force. Leads the PGA Tour in scoring average and will be looking to sound a warning to the others ahead of The Masters.  Winner in 2011 and never out of the top-20 here since.  Took a severe beating from Patrick Reed in Austin last week but Phil’s seen it all before and will recover.

Patrick Reed 25/1

Pat Reed. A win must be coming soon.

Speaking of that Reed vs Mickelson drubbing at the WGC Matchplay, the younger man has designs of his own on a title this week in Humble.  Fourth appearance here and yet to really contend with a best of T17 in 2015.  Showing good signs though with a T7 at the Valspar and T6 at Pebble. Topped his group at the matchplay last week before losing to Dustin Johnson in the round of 16.

J.B. Holmes 28/1

JB Holmes. Defends.

Imperious last year on his way to winning.  Power, precision and putting, J.B.’s cumulative 12 under on the par-4’s was top drawer golf.  Solo second in 2009, T8 in 2012 and T12 in 2014 also on this course.  Struggled in Doral but very solid in Riviera (T11), Pebble (T11), Phoenix (T6) and Torrey Pines (T6).  Went out in the group stage last week after one win (over Bubba), one loss and one half.

Graham DeLaet 70/1

Graham DeLaet. Game suits this course.

Has the game to win this event, you feel he just just needs that little bit extra self confidence or belief to get the job done.  Contended all through The Valspar before finishing T5 and drove the ball well in Puerto Rico last week for a T11 finish.  Best in Houston of T3 in 2010 and started well here last year before going south at the weekend.

Scott Piercy 80/1

Scott Piercy. Too cool for school.

Led after the first round at Doral in his last strokeplay event and finished T17.  Never missed a cut in five starts at this event and last year recorded his best finish of solo 10th after tying the course record of 63 in round one.  Didn’t qualify from his group at the WGC Matchplay but remained undefeated.

Long odds Glory Shots

Tonnes of value to be had in Houston.
Stricks. Not done by a long shot.

Steve Stricker 80/1

Slowly but surely getting back to race pace from semi retirement.  T7 at The Valspar and T11 at the Northern Trust Open. Still a legend on the greens.

Cameron Tringale 90/1

Missed a bunch of cuts but I thought he found something at Bay Hill and will have taken confidence from a T27 finish.  Cam is a horse for this course with a T5, solo 4th and T8 in three of the last four stagings.  Well worth an each way look.

Vijay Singh 250/1

There’s no way on God’s green earth I would have this old stager out at 250/1.  Singh can still mix it up with the kids as he showed at The Valspar (T10) and Northern Trust Open (T12).  Hasn’t played in Houston since 2010 but has six top 10’s here from eight appearances including a win in 2005.  Probably get great odds too “to finish in the top 10.”

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