The PGA Tour will wrap up a two-week showing in Texas with this week’s Shell Houston Open. As usual, let’s take a look at some of the participants who can fatten our wallets as we head into the Masters.
Matt Kuchar - Matt Kuchar probably should have won this event last year before falling apart late and eventually losing in a playoff to Matt Jones. Kuchar has three Top 10 finishes at the Shell Houston Open since 2010, and he’s coming off a solid performance last week (tied for 15th) in the Texas Open. Kuchar has seven Top 25 finishes in nine events this season and is first in sand save percentage. Matt Kuchar has as good as a shot to win this event as anybody and you can currently get him with odds of +2000.
Lee Westwood - If you’d like an even bigger longshot to win this week, try your hand with Lee Westwood at odds of +4500. That number looks quite tasty when you consider that Westwood has five Top 25 finishes at the Shell Houston Open since 2009. Just this season, Westwood has cracked the Top 25 in all six events and is fifth in eagles (holes per). Westwood hasn’t won a PGA event since the 2010 St. Jude Classic, but he knows his way around this course and is inching closer to picking up a big victory. Why not this week?
Jordan Spieth - I usually shy away from the overall favorite, but it’s tough to ignore what Jordan Spieth has been doing lately. Spieth has either won or finished runner-up in his last two events and is the highest ranked player in this year’s Shell Houston Open. Spieth has five Top 10 finishes in eight appearances this season and is third overall in scoring average. Spieth has quickly emerged as one of the favorites in this year’s Masters, and I’m sure he’d love to build on that momentum this week. You can get Jordan Spieth with odds of +850. I’ll take it.
Jason Kokrak - The biggest longshot this week will be Jason Kokrak, who you can get odds of +5000. Kokrak has put together three straight Top 15 finishes, including tied for 11th last week in the Texas Open. Kokrak is obviously playing some of his better golf as of late and is currently 12th in driving average. As for this course, Kokrak did have a Top 10 finish in Houston just a couple of years ago. Sure, it’s a longshot, but with the way Jason Kokrak is playing right now, you could certainly do a lot worse given these odds.