Recap of last weeks bets
|To Win||Matthew Wolff||Lost|
|Top 20 Finish||Jhonattan Vegas||Lost|
|Top Rest of the World||Abraham Ancer||Lost|
Profit/Loss (This week) – Loss of $30 to a $10 Stake
Profit/Loss (Overall) – Loss of $237 to a $10 Stake
On to this week’s event.
The Houston Open was played the week before The Masters for several years, from 2007 to 2018. Although it would never compete with Augusta National, there were at least attempts to make it an excellent warm-up course, with quick greens and groomed run-off areas. However, in 2019, it was shifted to October, while the previous year’s date was November. After the calendar was adjusted due to the pandemic, that put it back in a pre-Masters position. Last year, it had a new venue, Memorial Park Golf Club, and Carlos Ortiz was the surprise winner.
The nine-hole Memorial Park Golf Course was built in 1912, and it was expanded to 18 holes in 1936. It is Houston’s most popular municipal course, with over 60,000 rounds played each year. Tom Doak planned the privately funded $15 million makeover of Memorial Park. His mission was to make it a thrilling setting for the PGA Tour’s Houston Open while making the course accessible to casual golfers. The Astros Golf Foundation provided funding for the project.
Brooks Koepka, a player consultant, assisted Doak in constructing the municipal course. Koepka provided suggestions and minor nuances for the world’s greatest golfers to make the course more challenging. The course will be a Par 70, comprising five Par 3s and three Par 5s, and 7,412 yards long. Memorial Park is a classic Doak design, with wide fairways and multiple pathways to the greens. There are a variety of hole lengths available, including some drivable Par 4s. To bring the ravines into play on the front nine, tee boxes and fairways were repositioned. Some greens were also altered to make trees less of a threat to players who drive in the rough.
There will be 132 participants in the field, with the top 65 and ties making the cut. Brooks Koepka, Tony Finau, Tyrrell Hatton, Sungjae Im, Joaquin Niemann, Scottie Scheffler, Patrick Reed, and Adam Scott are among the prominent names in Houston.
On to our picks for this year…
Danny Willett +13000
The odds for the Englishman look hugely appealing this week, especially as it isn’t the best field you could assemble. Willett has been hit or miss so far this season, alternating missed cuts with two top 27 placings. He will be hoping that the third time is a charm here in Houston as his two previous attempts ended with him missing the cut in 2015 and withdrawing last season. The thing I like most about him is he is a fearless player. This is probably reflected in his placings this season, as it doesn’t always pay off. However, you at least know he will take the golf course on. He is solid off the tee and can sniff out anything around the green, which will help as profound rough rather than bunkers guard the greens.