2018 Houston Open

March 29th – April 1st, 2018
Golf Club of Houston (Tournament Course), Humble, Texas
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,441
Purse: $7 million with $1,260,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Russell Henley

Houston Open Power Rankings
Houston Open Betting Tips

The annual Masters pre-amble is always a tricky one betting wise as we never really know who is going full tilt and who is holding back! However Houston prides itself on being a practice replica of Augusta and consequently attracts much of the Masters field.

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Favourite Discussion

Phil. Loves a pizza. Costs him $20. Tips the delivery guy $200.

Rose, Fowler and Spieth will start joint favourites at 10/1 but Phil Mickelson at 14/1 is an intriguing one in Houston this year.  You just knew he was building through Phoenix (T5), Pebble (T2) and The Genesis (T6) and after winning in Mexico it will be interesting to see if he takes his foot off the throttle.  Since winning here in 2011 he compiled five consecutive top-20's before a T55 last year.  My gut says Phil will compete this week as winning begets winning.

Doc's Top Five Each Way Bets At The Houston Open

Luke List 28/1

Luke List is on the Tour rich list this season.

"I've never been more sure of anything in my life!" said the dodgy tipster!  But just look a big Luke List.  T12 at The Farmers, beaten in a playoff against Justin Thomas at The Honda, T16 at The Valspar then T7 last time out at The Arnie.  And he was T3 here in Houston last year.  Trust me on this!

Russell Henley 33/1

Russell the muscle. That hair though.

Defending this week but still low key and generous enough in the odds to warrant an each way look.  On paper Henley doesn't appeal but a T15 at Pebble and high on the leaderboard through three rounds at The Honda says he can contend.  Henley loves this event going  T7, 4th, T5 Win here since 2014.

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Daniel Berger 25/1

Berger. Got his wheelbarrow of cash last week and his ass handed to him.

While I have to admit being happy to see Ian Poulter and Tommy Fleetwood hand Daniel Berger his ass in matchplay last week it does worry me a little over his chances this week.  You see after top-15 finishes in four of his last six starts and given he's T5 and 5th on his last two visits to Houston I thought he could win this week.  Now I just think he'll pay out each way!

Charles Howell 50/1

Charlie. Eats like a horse but never puts on weight. I envy him.

Yes Charlie's career earnings are similar to Donald Trumps or something like that but he never really wins does he?  He is however a solid each way performer especially around this time of the year and he has three top-10's from his last five visits to Houston.  T14 last time out at Bay Hill where he ranked T2 in Greens In Regulation.

Byeong Hun An 40/1

Friends call him Ben for short coz Byeong sounds weird when you're saying Hi Bye-ong.

I tipped Ben the wrong week at The Valspar but still think he's building.  T6 in Dubai early doors has now been backed up a T5 at The Honda and T14 last time out at The Arnie. Debutant here but follow his progress.

Long Odds Glory Shot

Brice Garnett 80/1

Brice Garnett. Never seen him before in my life. Truly.

It may have been an opposite field event but a win is a win on the PGA Tour and Brice Garnett comes to Houston from the Dominican Republic as a new champion.  He's done well in Houston before too; a T7 in 2014.  Confidence is a powerful thing.

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