Expert Picks: Shell Houston Open
The Shell Houston Open plays host to the PGA TOUR this week for the final event before the season’s opening major, The Masters. Last year saw Matt Jones win his first PGA TOUR event in spectacular fashion. On the first playoff hole he chipped in from 42-yards for birdie to defeat Matt Kuchar, and got that special invitation to The Masters!
Of the 144 players total, 72 have won a PGA TOUR event, 13 have won a Major, and combined they have 273 Tour wins.
Jordan Spieth heads into the week as odds on favourite to claim his 2nd title in only 3 starts. Having won the Valspar Championship, Spieth followed up with a 2nd place finish at last week’s Valero Texas Open. In his last 5 starts, Spieth has recorded 3 top-5 finishes with his worst finish being T-17th. Although he didn’t make the cut at last year’s event, Spieth is still the form golfer on the planet at the moment, and his odds of 7/1 show this.
Sergio Garcia has had a solid start to his season recording 2 top-10 finishes in 5 starts, this included a T4th at the Northern Trust Open. At last year’s Shell Houston Open, Garcia finished in solo 3rd place in his first Shell Houston Open since 09. Sergio enters this week 25/1, which are great odds for the World No.8.
Patrick Reed is having yet another great year on the PGA TOUR, having already recorded victory at the Hyundai and in his most recent start a playoff loss to Spieth at the Valspar Championship. Reed is only making his 2nd start at the Shell Houston Open missing the cut in his last start back in 2012. Currently ranked No.15 in the world, Reed is decent value at 14/1.
Lee Westwood is having a very solid start to 2015 having recorded seven consecutive top-25 finishes between both PGA TOUR and European Tour. Westwood has finished in the top 25 in five of his last six Shell Houston Open starts, including a T-10th finish in 2013. Westwood is the favourite Brit in the field, and is currently paying 30/1 for the win and 15/2 for a place.