Houston Open betting tips & predictions – the Houston Open is played at the Golf Club of Houston (formerly known as Redstone Golf Club) in Humble, Texas. The event began in 1946 and historically has been played at several Houston venues.
Since 2007, the tournament has been held the week before the Masters giving golfers one last chance to get into the field with a win.
The Golf Club of Houston opened in 2003 with an 18-hole Member Course designed by Jim Hardy and Peter Jacobson. The Member Course hosted the Houston Open between 2003 and 2005 and since 2006 it is played on the Tournament Course which was designed by Rees Jones with David Toms as player consultant.
The Houston Open has embraced its position on the PGA Tour calendar as the last full field event before the season’s first major. The course is purposely set up as a preparation for those headed to Augusta.
The similarities between the course setup at the Houston Open and Augusta are well-documented. Both courses are Par 72’s and have similar lengths. There is a premium on hitting greens in regulation, scrambling and scoring on the Par 5s. Also, in an attempt to simulate conditions at next week’s Masters the greens will be playing very fast.
The Tournament Course has a layout that demands a skillful touch on and around the greens. Scrambling from the rough is challenging and coupled with the collection areas around the green complexes, it demands accuracy with approach shots.
Annually the course ranks as one of the longest in proximity to the hole. The Texas winds can influence scoring so it is worth keeping an eye on the weather forecast. Contenders this week will need to hit a high percentage of greens in regulation, scramble well and have a tidy week with the flat stick.
Last year, Russell Henley came from four shots back in the final round to win his 3rd PGA Tour title. He had a final round -7 (65), which included 10 birdies, to give him a three stroke victory over Sung-hoon Kang.
Henley finished 1st for Strokes Gained Putting gaining an impressive 12.514 strokes over the field average over the four rounds. His game tee-to-green was non-too-shabby either yielding another 7.183 strokes over the field average for the week. Henley finished the week T4 for Driving Accuracy, 29th for Driving Distance, T4 for GIR and 1st for Putts per GIR.
In 2016, a 38 year old Jim Herman held off a packed leader board to capture his maiden victory. He chipped in for birdie on the Par 3 16th and finished with two pars for a final round -4 (68). It was enough to give him a one stroke victory over Henrik Stenson with Dustin Johnson a further shot back. He had this to say after the final round;
“This is crazy, I’ve dreamt of this for so long, and now it’s here. So I’m going to enjoy it.”
Herman finished the week 40th for Driving Distance, T16 for Driving Accuracy, T10 for GIR and T4 in Putts per GIR.
With the year’s first major looming it is hard to guage a players mindset making this tournament a hard one to call. Many players (particularly the ‘Big Names’) will use this week to tweak their game in preparation for Augusta.
Houston Open Betting Tips 2018