The PGA Tour remains in Texas this week, moving from WGC World Match Play in Austen to the Houston Open.
In 2006, the organisers of this tournament were informed that it would now be held the week before the Masters. In order to attract as many top class players as possible, they decided to emulate as much as possible the course conditions at Augusta.
This has resulted in a course based on firm and fast greens, with plenty of undulations, and many chipping areas. Even the fairways are mowed from green to tee in an effort to mimic the conditions the players will see the following week.
And the organisers have been successful in attracting a quality field, with over 30 players lining up that are already qualified for the Masters. The world number one, Dustin Johnson, had intended to tee it up, but pulled out Monday to get some rest after his heroics in winning the World Match Play last weekend.
While some players may be using this week just to tune up ahead of the Masters, a couple of names spring to mind when looking for the Houston Open winner. JB Holmes, long off the tee and with a strong wedge game, has finished in the top 15 in four of his last five trips here, including winning in 2015. Also, Russell Henley has finished in the top seven in his last three visits, has six top 25 finishes in 10 starts this season and can putt for fun. Both players are available at 33/1.
Recommendation: Henley and Holmes each way at 33/1 from Paddy Power and Coral, who pay first seven places
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