The PGA Tour’s best are out in force at the Houston Open this week, including former world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler.
The American is looking to recapture the winning form and he’s the current +550 favorite with Las Vegas lines.
However, as always with golf betting, there are excellent value bets throughout the field.
Scheffler Finding Form
It has been some time since Scheffler won a golf tournament, especially for a player of his class, so the Houston Open could be his for the taking.
He made a late run last week at the Mayakoba Classic when shooting low in the final round to T3, but it wasn’t enough to beat runaway winner Russell Henley.
However, shooting 9 under par in the final round should give the 26-year-old a much-needed confidence boost and changing putters might have worked. However, after changing putters for the first three rounds, he went back to old faithful on Sunday.
“It never goes too far away,” Scheffler told Gold Digest. “Yeah, I went back to my old putter for the round. I think when I see so many putts go up to the cup and not go in, it was like, well, maybe I’ll just make a change and see what happens.
“This is the time of year when I’ll usually experiment with stuff. It’s probably something I’ll continue to fiddle around with, but I went back to something I’m really comfortable with and I putted well the last two days.”
The sportsbook has Scheffler as the only player lower than +1200, so expectations are high.
- Pick: Scottie Scheffler +550
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Henley got back to his best form when winning last week, and he’s a past winner of the Houston Open when scoring in 2017.
With recent champions Jason Kokrak, Carlos Ortiz and Ian Poulter making the switch to the LIV Tour, Henley is the most recent champion in the field and that should mean something to him.
The 33-year-old is now a four-time PGA Tour winner and he likes courses that you can attack, such as Memorial Park. He shot -20 in 2017 and a similar performance would be enough to secure the victory.
Betting online markets have adjusted Henley’s odds to +2200, so he’s being respected and he could remain the hot golfer. We also don’t mind him as a first-round leader option. He’s likely to get off to a fast start given his confidence levels.
- Pick: Russell Henley +2200
Pendrith at Upset Odds
It’s not easy to follow golfers like Taylor Pendrith, but he played well enough at the Shriners Open and that was on the back of a tough President’s Cup campaign.
The Canadian was a controversial selection for the internationals and he didn’t pay off the faith shown by captain Trevor Immelman. He failed to win a point, but the best way to bounce back is to win.
Pendrith is seeking his first PGA Tour win after winning twice on the Canadian Tour. However, he has a T23 at the U.S. Open on his record and finishes like that hold him in good stead.
Golf odds have Pendrith at +4000 to score an upset and we’re happy to have a small wager on him.
- Pick: Taylor Pendrith +4000