Coming off an exhausting week in Austin for the WGC Dell Match play, the TOUR heads to Houston to prep for the Masters. I hate to say it but it’s true. Most guys are taking this week off to rest or fine tune their game. In years past the field has always lacked because of it’s position on the calendar. For example, you’ll probably see Phil hit shots he wouldn’t normally hit… just to get ready for the Masters. He returns this year to headline the Houston Open along with Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler. You can see the tee sheet here.
For years this event was sponsored by Shell and was always the Shell Houston Open. But after the dropped sponsorship there are talks of this being the final playing of this event. So it will be worth watching for that reason alone. With that being said, take a look at what a test this course will be all week long. This Rees Jones design requires discipline off the tee, strategic irons and clutch putting and is always a really great compliment for what people will face at Augusta National.
Although the field may not be star-studded it’s still a meaningful week. A Houston Open victory means big FedEx Cup points and a spot in the field for the Masters. And since we know that next week’s Masters field will be the smallest in 21 years, I hope we see one of the Web.com Alums go big this week.
So, with that… you know the drill – check out our picks below for the Houston Open. As a reminder, we take a dark horse and a favorite every week. Comment below with your picks and follow us on Twitter for some more hot takes this weekend.
- Favorite: Phil Mickelson
- Long Shot: Nicholas Lindheim
- Favorite: Jordan Spieth
- Long Shot: Tom Lovelady
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