The Houston Open is one of the must-see events on the PGA Tour, and it’s good to see the likes of Cameron Smith, Sam Burns, Tony Finau and Brooks Koepka tee it up.
Sam Burns is one of the hottest golfers on the Tour, and he’s leading betting markets for the first time in his career.
Golf odds this week have the American at +1400, which could be worth taking for the 2021 Houston Open.
Burns Leads FedEx Cup
It’s only very early days in the FedEx Cup race, but after scoring a win at the Sanderson Farms Championship, Burns leads the field.
He followed up the win with a T-14 at the Shriners and a T-5 at the CJ Cup, so he is the one to beat when he tees off on Thursday.
All but one of his 12 rounds this season has been below 69, which came when he shot 72 in the final round at the Shriners. He has posted scores of 63, 65 and 66, which shows bettors that he can shoot the low numbers needed to win on the PGA Tour.
Burns believes contesting the top of the leaderboards last year helped him win a close finish at the Sanderson Farms.
“I think last year having those experiences around the lead, I think those were really important for me, I learned a lot,” Burns told Golf Digest. “Having that under my belt today, that experience was definitely helpful. … Coming down the stretch I felt a lot different than I have in the past and not necessarily more confident, but just in a better state of mind and thinking process was much better.”
We’re happy to take the +1400 for Burns, who always gives a good sight. The American leads the betting with the sportsbook for a reason, so don’t leave him off your ticket.
Pick: Sam Burns +1400
Scheffler Getting Close
Scottie Scheffler is getting agonizingly close to winning his first PGA Tour event.
The 25-year-old finished fourth behind Viktor Hovland at the Mayakoba Classic last week, and it was another consistent effort without winning.
The U.S. Ryder Cup pick has the talent to win multiple tournaments, but he needs the confidence to break through. He has performed best in the biggest tournaments, so the Houston Open should be right up his alley.
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He is a former University of Texas player who was right in contention last Sunday, but he came up six shots short.
“Viktor’s playing some good golf so he’s obviously going to be tough to catch,” Scheffler said. “I had to make a few more birdies towards the end and wasn’t able to do that.”
He’s on the second line of betting at +2000. Betting online markets expect Scheffler to win before the year is done, and we believe he’ll get the job done soon.
Pick: Scottie Scheffler +2000
Henley Getting Back to His Best
Russell Henley is a three-time PGA Tour winner, but his last victory came in 2017. He has been winless for four years, but he’s getting back to his best.
The 32-year-old played well on Sunday at the Mayakoba Classic, and he recorded a top-25 finish at the CJ Cup.
Henley’s last win on the PGA Tour came in the Houston Open, so he likes the course and he plays his best golf in the South. He also won the Honda Classic in Florida, so conditions should be right up his alley.
He hasn’t missed a cut since The Open Championship in July, a span of six tournaments.
Given the odds available, we’re happy to have Henley on our tickets. He is paying +5000 to win, which gets us excited.
Pick: Russell Henley +5000
Schwab Could Add Value
Matthias Schwab isn’t a household name on the PGA Tour, but the Austrian is worth a nibble.
The Vanderbilt alum finished T-51 at the Bermuda Championship two weeks ago, which followed a T-15 at the Andalucia Masters behind Matthew Fitzpatrick.
His consistency could be rewarded at the Houston Open and the odds of +12500 can’t be overlooked. There are much worse players on a similar line, so take Schwab for a bit of long-shot interest.