Shell Houston Open: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 3/31/16
Shell Houston Open
Shell Houston Open: Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Golf Club of Houston)
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TV: GOLF, NBC
We stay in Texas this week for the Shell Houston Open, as players are looking for one more course to get their form right before the Masters. Four of the last seven victories on this course have been decided in a playoff, so we should see some exciting golf once again.
Here are some golfers to include on your card this week.
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Sergio Garcia - Sergio Garcia has been finding the top-25 with impressive consistency, which includes an 11-place finish at the WGC-Cadillac. Garcia also held his own last week with a couple of victories at the WGC-Match Play before just missing the cut. Garcia is fourth in scoring average and ninth in greens in regulation percentage. While he doesn’t have lengthy history on this course, I like the value of Garcia and the odds of +2500.
Phil Mickelson - Phil Mickelson hasn’t won a PGA event since 2013, so there’s been good reason to keep him off the card most weeks. However, Mickelson has five straight top-20 finishes at the Golf Club of Houston and won the Shell Houston Open back in 2011. Mickelson has missed the cut just once this season and has two top-five finishes in his last four events. Mickelson is first in scoring average, second in total strokes gained and fifth in all-around ranking. I’ll take a stab this week with odds of +2000.
Louis Oosthuizen - Speaking of consistency, it’s hard to find a golfer in better form than Louis Oosthuizen, as he has yet to miss the cut and has found the top-25 in three of his four events. As for this course, Oosthuizen has three top-20 finishes and finished third back in 2012. Oosthuizen is 10th in total strokes gained and 20th in greens in regulation percentage. Oosthuizen is one golfer who is peaking at the right time, and he’s a solid bet this week with odds of +2200.
Scott Piercy - Looking for a monster dark horse this week, Scott Piercy could be your guy with odds of +8000. Piercy played well last week in match play and before that had a 17-place finish at the WGC-Cadillac. Piercy has never missed the cut at the Golf Club of Houston and finished 10th on this course last year. If Piercy continues to play the way he’s playing, he has a decent shot to get his fourth PGA victory. The 37-year-old from Las Vegas is worth a shot in the dark this week.
Jordan Spieth - Jordan Spiethwas a runner-up on this course last year and would love nothing more than to finish the job after losing his top spot to Jason Day. Spieth has three top-10 finishes in seven events, and he’s sixth in birdie average and eighth in total strokes gained. You can bet Spieth is going to have a bounce back performance this week as he prepares for the Masters. The favorite or not, a motivated Spieth is a must play with +615 odds.