Shell Houston Open Golf Tips & Betting Preview

Shell Houston Open Golf Tips & Betting Preview

by 27th March 2017

Shell Houston Open Preview, Tips and Odds

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7 places for our Shell Houston Open tips with Paddypower

Jon Rahm  – best odds @ 12/1
Phil Mickelson – best odds @ 28/1
Rafael Cabrera Bello – best odds @ 66/1

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The Shell Houston Open on the PGA Tour is the perfect lead in for the US Masters and it continues to offer us a great appetiser, before the main event at Augusta National. With the Masters now less than two weeks away, this is the last chance saloon for those looking to get into form for the big one. The course has been used as a lead up to the US Masters for over twenty years now and when you see how the course plays and its layout, it is easy to see why. The course replicates a lot of the challenges that players will face at Augusta and is a similarly beautiful course set within a wooded landscape. With many natural lakes and wetlands running throughout the course, it is easy to see why players love playing here to get them fully prepared for Augusta.

A lot of eyes this weekend will focus on Dustin Johnson who arrives here in tremendous form. He won the WGC Match Play event last weekend in fantastic style and has won three events in a row going into this, unprecedented form. He finished two shots off the lead in this event last year, and came 4th in 2015 so has previous at this event and surely has to have a huge chance if he can keep his run going.

Phil Mickelson has previous with this event too, winning it in 2011 and finishing inside the top 20 ever since. He played some fantastic golf last week, although Match Play does suit him, but having said that you can’t rule out Phil going close here, before carrying the hopes of so many at The Masters.

Way back in 2007, this event was won by a much younger Adam Scott and he is another who you can’t rule out this week. He struggled at the WGC Match Play last week but prior to that, he had finished 14th or better in all five of the tournaments he had played in on the PGA Tour. He will be looking for momentum going into The Masters with a strong showing here.

Henrik Stenson will be desperate to find some form this week after missing the cut and withdrawing through injury in two of his last three tournaments. The big Swede will be near the top of many people’s shortlist for Augusta but for me, he has to show something this week to be considered. He was last seen when missing the cut at the Arnold Palmer and I am sure he would love to head into The Masters with that memory firmly erased.

If you are looking for trends to follow then it may pay to look towards the outsiders this week who are playing for a place in The Masters. Three of the past four winners of this event have booked themselves a place at The Masters thanks to winning this event so it could be worth taking a look to see if anyone stands out who could potentially follow suit. Jim Herman was the man to do it last year and before him, Matt Jones and DA Points also successfully booked their place at The Masters with a win here.

So who are our tips for the Shell Houston Open?

The obvious choice would be Dustin Johnson and we would not put anyone off backing him but at 11/2 he does not represent value. We could be wrong but we will make Jon Rahm our first golf tip, he managed to make the final of the match play last week which ensured we got place money from our bet. His odds are shorter than last week but he is in the form of his life and rates as our top bet at 12/1 with Paddypower. Back with Paddy’s to get the 7 places at the Shell Houston.
If Jon Rahm won a £10 e/way bet would return £164. The place would potentially return £34 – Back with Paddypower

Mickelson showed some great form last week and the fact that he likes this tournament he is a logical choice to go close. And at odds of 28/1 and the 7 places on offer at Paddypower he has to be backed. Look for him at the US Masters next week also, with Phil in form it would be folly to rule him out.
If Phil Mickelson won a £10 e/way bet would return £356.60. The place would potentially return £66 – Back with Paddypower

Now for the golfer we like as our each way longshot. Rafael Cabrera Bello is our second Spaniard we are backing this week. He is a talented european who has been a bit below form this season but nothing that would put us off bouncing back to form and winning this week. He is freely available at odds of 66/1 and should put up a bold effort.
If Rafael Cabrera Bello won a £10 e/way bet would return £812. The place would potentially return £142 – Back with Paddypower

Betting odds for the Shell Houston Open

Dustin Johnson 11/2
jordan Spieth 15/2
Jon Rahm 12/1
Henrik Stenson 16/1
Rickie Fowler 18/1
Justin Rose 22/1
Adam Scott 25/1
Phil Mickelson 28/1
Patrick Reed 40/1
J B Holmes 40/1
Daniel Berger 50/1
Tony Finau 50/1
Charley Hoffman 50/1
Matt Kuchar 50/1
Russell Henley 50/1
Jimmy Walker 50/1
Patrick Cantley 50/1

55/1 bar – All prices are from Paddypower Bookmaker and are subject to change – Each Way 1/5 odds 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

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