Houston Open 2019 – PGA Tour Betting Preview and Betting Picks
Houston Open is set to kick off on Thursday, October 10, at Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas, marking the fifth event of 2020 PGA Tour. There we will see some of the world’s best golfers lock horns as they look to claim the title of the champions, 24 OWGR points and take home the largest slice of US $7,500,000.
Houston Open, as well as Greenbrier Classic, were not included in 2019 PGA Tour, meaning the last time pro golfers competed at Golf Club of Houston was on April 1, 2018, when the event was won by Ian Poulter, who is as of today one of the only two Englishmen who won Houston Open. The other being Paul Casey in 2009.
The Houston Open saw its beginnings in 1922, as a Houston Professional Golf event, that saw Peter O’Hara and George Bowden tie. The mentioned event was held annually in Houston area up until 1938. During the war years, nothing happened in Houston as far as Houston Professional Golf event is concerned. That being said, 1946 saw its first official Houston Open tournament taking centre stage, which started with a bang. The first-ever champion of the newly established golf tournament was Byron Nelson, who finished ahead of Ben Hogan by barely two strokes. The event was held annually since then, with the only exception being 1948 and 1969. After 2017 Houston Open lost its sponsors and has now found its way back into the schedule. Houston Open has been traditionally played a week before US Masters, this year, however, it will be held in October, meaning the pitch will be much weaker compared to what we have come accustomed to, which should have a rather big effect on the outcome of this event.
Golf Course of Houston, located in Humble, Texas will host Houston Open for the 14th and final time this year, after which it will move to Memorial Park Golf Course. The course was formerly known as Redstone (renamed in 2013), which was Rees Jones’ first design from scratch. It prides itself with 7,422 yards (6,787m) length, 76.0 course rating and 144 slope rating.
How that we have covered the basics about the event itself, let’s turn our attention to the favourites to win in Houston and our predictions.
Henrik Stenson will arrive at Houston as the main favourite to take home the largest prize and while he has not won a single event for two years, his figures (3-21-2-54-2) suggest he is a man who deserves some attention here. He is currently priced at XXX, which is a fair assessment. While his form heading to Houston is not spectacular, he has had some moments of greatness throughout the summer, two of the most notable being ninth place in the US Open and his fourth place at Scottish Open in June and July respectively. Stenson’s most recent run at MBW PGA Championship ended at T17, which is by no means a breath-taking result, however, it’s worth noting the Swedish pro has impressed with his putting. Additionally, he has finished T3 at Scandinavian Masters in late August, only further justifying his status heading to Houston.
The 30-year old American pro golfer has found himself priced as the fifth favourite to win in Houston for the second time. His course form reads 45-7-4-5-1-8, clearly indicating he knows his way around the Houston Golf course, and if his record is anything to go by he should have an even greater chance to triumph compared to Stenson. Looking back, Henley finished second at John Deere Classic in July, T31 at Wyndham Championship, T59 at The Northern Trust, T57 at Greenbrier Classic, T54 at Sanderson Farms Championship and T37 at Shriners Hospitals for Children, clearly indicating he is not enjoying a great form. That being said, Henley was the first-round leader in 2018 US Open and with his form at Houston’s course might give him the needed edge to return back to the top.
Keegan Bradley is a golfer we simply can’t ignore, seeing how he has made seven of eight cuts in the Houston Open, finishing in the top five twice (2015 and 2012), on top of a T15 and T10 finish in 2017 and 2013 respectively. With a very solid record behind him, it’s no surprise he is among the favourites to claim a win this October, despite the change of schedule, which will have a rather huge impact on how the tournament will go down. All in all, it’s safe to say Bradley has impressed with his performance at the Golf Club of Houston in the past, where he is known to have a very fast start. In 2014 he stood third, in 2017 sixth and eighth in 2012 after day one. And while he tends to slow down as the tournament progresses, there is a reason to believe 2011 PGA champion will be able to keep up the tempo and leave a mark.
Texas-born and raised, Bronson Burgoon is priced at 56.00 to go all the way in his third appearance at Houston Open, following his 2006 appearance as a teenager and last year’s solid performance which landed him at T24. Just like Bradley, Burgoon tends to hit the ground running in the tournaments he appears in. Last season Burgoon lead the race at CIMB Classic and Travelers Championship on top of finishing among the top sight in the first 18 holes in 4/8 of his starts. It’s also worth noting Bronson Burgoon is in the opening group in Houston, meaning he will get fresh greens at Golf Club of Houston, which sets him up nicely for another strong start.
Prediction: Henrik Stenson to win
Odds: 10.00 Bet365
Prediction: Russell Henley e/w
Odds: 26.00 Bet365
Prediction: Keegan Bradley e/w
Odds: 46.00 Bet365
Prediction: Bronson Burgoon top 10 finish
Odds: 6.00 Bet365