The PGA Tour heads to Texas this week, with the Memorial Park golf course hosting the Houston Open.
This is a relatively new course – it last hosted this event in 1963, and last year underwent a complete renovation. It now has Bermuda grass running throughout, and with five par threes and the same number fives is quite different from the pre-Augusta warmup that it used to be.
It’s difficult to make a call when visiting basically a new venue, but Sawgrass also has Bermuda grass and it may be worth looking at Players Championship form.
Dustin Johnson is the favourite, and he must have a good chance if firing on all cylinders, but he is just coming back from contracting Covid, and is too short a price for us to get involved.
Instead we’re going to take a chance on Jordan Speith. The Texan still has trouble off the tee, but this will be helped by these wide fairways, and is a star on tough greens, as evidenced by his impressive Masters record.
The European Tour has a new event, the Cyprus Showdown, for the betting community to sort through.
It has a new format, with only the top 32 (plus ties) making the weekend. Scores are then reset, with the top 16 (plus ties) making the Sunday. The winner will then need a cracking last 18 holes.
This is played at the same course as last weekend, so form from the previous tournament looks good. We like the way Matthew Jordan played then, so will side with the young Englishman.
Houston Open: Speith 0.5 pts each way at 60/1, 1/4 the odds for the first five places, bet365
Cyprus Showdown: Jordan 0.5 pts each way at 40/1, 1/4 the odds for the first five places, William Hill