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2011 PGA Shell Houston Open Preview/Picks

PGA Betting – Shell Houston Open Championship Preview & Pick

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LAST WEEK: At least we returned to respectability with the Bubba Watson pick. He was in the thick of it at the Arnie Palmer Invitational before flaming out with a 78 on Sunday. Maybe we should look to a more consistent guy this week.

THIS WEEK’S PGA BETTING
Date: March 31 – April 03
Event: Shell Houston Open
Course: Redstone GC Tournament Course, Humble, Texas
Purse: $5,900,000
Defending Champ: Anthony Kim
Winning Share: $1,044,000
FedEX Cup Points Up For Grabs: 500

The Shell Houston Open marks the last tune-up before the Masters next week. Anyone wanting to succeed this week at Redstone’s Tournament Course needs putting and the ability to get up and down more than anything else. Keeping those skills in mind, let’s examine the field.

THE CONTENDERS

Lee Westwood
Shell Houston Open odds: +1215

We’ve yet to see the brief world No. 1 crack a top 10 this season, so picking Westwood is somewhat of a leap of faith right now. But he was eighth and 11th at Redstone over the last two seasons and led the field in birdies last year. He knows how to go low at this course.

Matt Kuchar
Shell Houston Open odds: +1215

Kuchar just gets it done week-in, week out, doesn’t he? He has five top-10s in seven tries. He ‘s also a top-10 guy on Tour in the crucial categories for this the Shell Houston Open: putting and scrambling. He’s obviously a top-notch pick.

Phil Mickelson
Shell Houston Open odds: +1415

Lefty continues to underwhelm – to point that it’s time to wonder if his prime is over. He’s made plenty of birdies this season but his putter has been ho-hum. Same goes for his scrambling. I’ll give Mickelson the Tiger treatment and let him earn back my trust.

Hunter Mahan
Shell Houston Open odds: +1615

Mahan feels like half a good play. He has a strong history at this tournament, cracking the top 11 three times in five tries, and he’s a solid putter. But Mahan’s inability to scramble scares me away. He’s 121st on Tour in sand saves.

Steve Stricker
Shell Houston Open odds: +1850

If only Stricker was playing more this season. His soft touch with the putter and around the greens make him the ideal player type for the Shell Houston Open. He seems like every bit as strong of a play as Kuchar except for the fact that Kuchar is playing more – and sharper – right now.

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Marc Leishman
Shell Houston Open odds: +3550

Leishman raised some eyebrows last week at Bay Hill when he made a late charge and led the field in putting en route to a third-place finish. Given his skill with the putter and in scrambling, he’s an intriguing pick with decent value at +3550. But he’s never won a PGA Tour event before. That obviously gives me pause.

Jason Day
Shell Houston Open odds: +4050

Day is another guy whose strengths match Redstone nicely but he doesn’t excite me much. The value is nice but nothing about his results this season (T-9, T-20, missed cut, T-9, T-45, T-51) suggests he’s about to bust out.

THE SLEEPER

Steve Marino
Shell Houston Open odds: +4550

Maybe he’ll come back angry after he finished second for the second time this season last week? Marino is certainly due for a PGA victory but I don’t think it’ll come this week. He’s not a good enough putter to stand out at Redstone.

THE PICK

For a change, I’m not crazy about a million different golfers this week. It’s kind of nice. To me, it’s Kuchar, Stricker, and the rest. If Stricker offered a significantly better return than Kuchar, I might pick him. But he only gives you slightly more bang for your buck. That makes me lean toward Kuchar, who is just firing on all cylinders right now.

Shell Houston Open pick: Matt Kuchar +1215

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2011 Shell Houston Open – Odds to Win – Updated Betting Odds

Lee Westwood 15-1
Louis Oosthuizen 60-1
Lucas Glover 60-1
Marc Leishman 30-1
Matt Kuchar 15-1
Padraig Harrington 30-1
Phil Mickelson 20-1
Retief Goosen 30-1
Robert Allenby 40-1
Robert Karlsson 40-1
Ross Fisher 60-1
Ryan Palmer 60-1
Scott Verplank 100-1
Spencer Levin 40-1
Steve Marino 40-1
Steve Stricker 20-1
Stuart Appleby 40-1
Vaughn Taylor 80-1
Webb Simpson 80-1
YE Yang 40-1
zx Field (Any Other Golfers) 7-2
Bryce Molder 100-1
Chad Campbell 60-1
Charl Schwartzel 25-1
Charles Howell III 50-1
Charley Hoffman 60-1
DA Points 60-1
DJ Trahan 50-1
Davis Love III 100-1
Ernie Els 30-1
Francesco Molinari 25-1
Fred Couples 40-1
Fredrik Jacobson 50-1
Gary Woodland 50-1
Hunter Mahan 20-1
JB Holmes 30-1
JJ Henry 50-1
Jason Day 40-1
Jhonattan Vegas 60-1
John Senden 50-1
Johnson Wagner 80-1
Justin Leonard 60-1
Aaron Baddeley 40-1
Andres Romero 150-1
Angel Cabrera 60-1
Anthony Kim 30-1
Ben Crane 40-1
Boo Weekley 125-1
Brendon de Jonge 60-1
Brian Gay 60-1

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  1. Professional Athletes David says:

    I really loved to watch Shell Houston Open Championship, got to have a pick! 🙂

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