Let’s see who survived Sin City!
The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at the Summerlin TPC golf course lived up to expectations as Kevin Na and Patrick Cantlay, both former winners, duked it out on 2 playoff holes.
Cantlay, the tee-to-green leader of the week, fell short to Kevin Na, the strokes gained putting leader, as the flat stick turned out to be the difference.
I stayed away from Patrick because he had a bad performance the week prior. That proved to be a mistake as, obviously, he just needed to knock some rust off the clubs.
We cashed on the modern-day Happy Gilmore of golf, current Canadian and former hockey player, Adam Hadwin to finish inside the top twenty for (+210).
He was good the entire tournament but he surged on Sunday with a (63) to end the weekend tied for 4th.
Adam Scott was on track for another stellar outing for us in this young season until he hit a wall shooting a (74) in the final round.
No other golfer who finished inside the top 70 shot a (74) the entire tournament.
That’s alright, though, because Webb Simpson came through! We had him (+250) for a top ten and he wrapped things up with a T-7.
On to Houston we go!
Humble, Texas, actually.
They might have to change the name of the town if the town’s newest superstar Russell Westbrook decides to build a mansion or 4 in the corporate limits.
This tournament is normally played the week before the Masters so you either have guys taking the week off or experimenting a bit before the big one in Augusta.
So, it’s going to be difficult to use past performances to pick our finishers for this week.
It is a bit of weak field as Henrik Stenson is leading the way at 10-1 odds.
We also have Brian Harman, Cameron Champ, and Pat Perez. The latter was able to finish third behind the previously mentioned Cantlay and Kevin Na in Vegas.
BetOnline.AG has the lines for us this week.
Now, let’s get to the betting odds and picks for the PGA Tour’s Houston Open.
I know I mentioned to be wary of course history because of the massive change in circumstances surrounding this tournament but Russell Henley isn’t a “major” threat to win the Masters every year.
Also, he has played this course better than any other golfer ever. The Macon, Georgia native has finished 7th, 4th, 5th, 1st, and 8th in each of the past 5 years here.
I don’t know how you can ignore the guy in this situation.
The greens are Bermudagrass which is his specialty.
He’s a solid wind player as well as we are expecting some rather gusty conditions on Friday.
He was 13 under par last week in Vegas as well so his form is fairly solid.
We should probably go top ten here, and you can if you want, but I like the fairly safe bet for plus money.
The 26-year-old Florida State Seminole has a great history here as well. He hasn’t been superman like Henley but the prowess is still there.
This golf course also plays a lot like a Florida course; classical and very flat with plenty of water hazards.
Berger’s history goes like this: 25, 5th, 5th, and 18th.
I think he’s good for a top twenty, especially in a weaker field than we are used to seeing.
He also finished 18th at the Shriners last week in Vegas and 23rd the week prior at the Safeway Open.
We are sticking with the South today.
Harris, another Georgia boy, is primed to perform in this week’s Houston Open.
He has had a great season thus far!
3rd at the Greenbrier, 6th at the Sanderson Farms, and he slowed a bit in his third consecutive week to kick off the season at the Safeway Open where he only managed one under on Sunday dropping him back to 33rd for the day.
That’s okay, though!
He took a week off last week. No poker tables, dollar beers, or In-N-Out Burger.
English likes the Bermudagrass putting surfaces as well.
He doesn’t have the great course history like our first two picks but his form is outstanding and his tee-to-green game is unmatched amongst his peers in the field this week in the past 8 weeks.
Harris is 4th in total shots gained among the field in the past two months as well.
Texas, it is!
The atmosphere in town should be electric as the Houston Astros will host the Tampa Bay Rays in a deciding Game 5 on Friday.
The NBA season is quickly approaching and with the addition of Russell Westbrook, Rockets fans are sure excited. We will see how long that lasts but for now…
As far as this week’s tournament, the Houston Open, it is normally played one week before The Masters in April.
I imagine it will be hotter down there in Texas this time of year with better weather, although we should see some windy conditions at least one day.
We took one guy having a great year in excellent form, another who plays this course better than anyone in recent history, and a guy who has a little bit of both in regards to history and form.
They are all plus money for top twenty finishes which I love, especially in a field of golfers that features just two of the top 50 in the world.
Tune in, turn up, and cash out!