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Shell Houston Open 2017 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Phil Mickelson (ew)Tournament Winner25/1BetVictor
Russell Henley (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Stan James
Matt Kuchar (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Paddy Power, Sky Bet

Venue

The Golf Club of Houston has been home to this tournament since 2003 and the lengthy 7,457-yard course has produced big name winners including Vijay Singh, Adam Scott, Paul Casey and Phil Mickelson. With pristine fairways, challenging bunkers and several water hazards it provides a stern test, with the winning total generally around the 16-under mark – the winner has scored either 15 or 16-under in each of the last five years. Jim Herman held off the challenges of Henrik Stenson and Dustin Johnson in a tense final round to claim a surprise victory last year. At the age of 38 it was his first, and thus far only, PGA Tour success. Our 70/1 tip Cameron Tringale earned a place for us here two years ago and despite his poor recent form we wouldn’t rule out another flutter on the 29-year-old who has a good record here.

Favourites

Dustin Johnson was all set to be a short-priced favourite but has pulled out of this tournament following his victory at the Dell Match Play on Sunday, preferring to rest up ahead of next week’s Masters. Jordan Spieth has therefore been promoted to market leader at 15/2 with Betfred, with Jon Rahm at 11/1 with both Stan James and Bet365 after his defeat to Johnson at the weekend. Henrik Stenson has twice been runner-up at this tournament and is third in the betting at 14/1 with BetVictor and Bet365, with those two firms and Paddy Power offering Rickie Fowler at 16s. Justin Rose can be backed at 25/1 with Betfred, while BetVictor go 25/1 about Mickelson. Defending champion Herman is a 100/1 outsider with Coral for a repeat victory.

Tips

Phil MickelsonPHIL MICKELSON enjoys this track, winning the title in 2011 and finishing 4-16-12-17-13 in the 5 years since. As he gears up for a tilt at a fourth Masters victory he has been in decent form, reaching the last eight of the Match Play at the weekend and finishing seventh on his previous outing in Mexico. The early quote of 28/1 disappeared once news of Johnson’s withdrawal came through, but that quote of 25/1 from BetVictor appeals.

russell-henleyRUSSELL HENLEY is another course specialist, who has finished seventh, fourth and fifth in the last three years in Houston, and he has shown some encouraging form this season. He was ninth at the Valspar Championship earlier in the month and has been on the fringes of the top 10 at half of his 10 events this season and in the top 25 six times. He’s a 40/1 chance with Stan James, who are paying six places for each-way bets on this tournament.

Matt KucharMATT KUCHAR is the eighth highest ranked player in the field this week and the 2015 runner-up has shown a liking for this course in the past. He’s usually so consistent that it’s something of a surprise that he’s missed the cut on one in three of his starts this season, but his last three stroke-play tournaments have seen him finish 22-20-22 and he was also ninth in Phoenix last month. Kuchar is at 50/1 with Paddy Power and Sky Bet.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Phil Mickelson (ew)Tournament Winner25/1BetVictor
Russell Henley (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Stan James
Matt Kuchar (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Paddy Power, Sky Bet