The Golf Club of Houston will host the 2019 Houston Open for the last time. This is a tournament that historically has been close, as eight of the last ten winners have either prevailed by a single stroke or won in a playoff. In 2018, Ian Poulter needed a playoff to take the trophy away from Beau Hossler. Henrik Stenson is making his PGA Tour debut here, and Russell Henley and Cameron Champ are also in the field. This swing season tournament once again features a somewhat diluted field, but there are still opportunities for sports betting enthusiasts to make some money. The course is a par-72 and runs a healthy 7,441 yards. It was the 10th easiest course in scoring relative to par in 2018 — but the 24th toughest the year before. The difference was the wind — if the breezes are calm, the course is hospitable, but swirling winds can bring chaos. We have your golf odds (100/1 or better) as well as suggestions for your wager cards.
2019 Houston Open Odds, Preview & Picks
- When: October 10th to 13th
- Where: Golf Club of Houston, Texas
- TV: Golf Channel
- Live Stream: Golf.tv
Contender Odds to Win the 2019 Houston Open
- Henrik Stenson 10/1
- Daniel Berger, Brian Harman, Cameron Champ, Russell Henley, Scottie Scheffler 25/1
- Pat Perez, Denny McCarthy 30/1
- Keegan Bradley, Russell Knox, Sebastian Munoz, Kyle Stanley, Bud Cauley,
Harris English, Sam Ryder, Lanto Griffin, Matt Jones 40/1
- Bronson Burgoon, Beau Hossler, Luke List, Cameron Tringale, Carlos Ortiz 50/1
- Kevin Chappell, Nick Watney, Aaron Baddeley, Martin Laird, Brian Gay,
Jhonattan Vegas, Robby Shelton, Ricky Werenskil, Peter Uihlein 60/1
- Tom Lewis, Lucas Bjerregaard, Austin Cook, Brice Garnett, Andrew Landery,
Scott Stallings, Tom Hoge, Brendan Steele, Roger Sloan, Matt Every 80/1
- Doc Redman, Sam Burns, J.J. Spaun, Zac Blair, Jason Dufner, Mark Hubbard,
Patton Kizzire, Sepp Straka, Patrick Rodgers, Harry Higgs, Michael Thompson,
David Hearn, Kramer Hickok 100/1
Scheffler did play poorly last weekend out in Las Vegas, but he has never played particularly well there. For the first two rounds of each tournament so far in the 2019-20 campaign, his average is 65.8 — but that jumps to 71.75 per round on the weekends. He does rank first in Strokes Gained: Approach the Green in his last two tournaments among this field, so if he can find a way to keep that consistency going into the weekend, he could win big here.
English has been playing terrific golf lately, gaining three strokes on average (tee-to-green) during his last five tournaments. Over his last six tournaments, he ranks 15th in this field for Strokes Gained: Approach the Green, and first in this field in birdie or better percentage through that same time frame. His putting is solid, especially on Bermuda grass, as he is eighth in this field in Strokes Gained: Putting through his last 50 rounds played on Bermuda greens. If he can get on the fairway off the tee, he should be among the leaders.
Berger came in 23rd at the Safeway Open to open the swing season and then came in 18th place a week ago at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. At the Houston Open, Berger has come in 25th, fifth, fifth and 18th over the last four years, respectively. So this is a tournament where he can not just compete but move near the top of the leaderboard. At the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, he was ninth in putts per Green in Regulation at 1.642 and 15th in the field in driving distance (321.4 yards). On a long course like this, that second number will especially pay off.
Henley is another player who has done quite well at the Houston Open in recent years. In the last four Opens, he has come in fourth, fifth, first and eighth (with the win coming two years ago). He has made three consecutive cuts on the PGA Tour, but his recent results have been mixed, as his best finish came last week at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, where he came in 37th.