By News Team
3rd November 2020
We’re not far off one of the biggest weeks of the golfing calendar with the Masters only a week away.
Before that, though, we’ve got the Houston Open to look forward to, where plenty of the stars who will be in attendance at Augusta next week are teeing it up. Here’s our look ahead to the tournament from Memorial Park.
Hatton much preferred to Johnson at the top of the betting
Given he’s the best player in the world, Dustin Johnson is almost the market leader by default, but given he’s missed both the CJ Cup and Zozo Championship, odds of 15/2 look short enough. He of course has a huge chance if returning in the same form he displayed in the FedEx Cup play-offs, but the lay-off is a big enough concern to pass him up.
Next in the betting is Tyrrell Hatton (16/1) who is playing some of the best golf of his career at the moment and many would say he’s the most likely winner here. The Englishman backed up his BMW Championship win with a tie for third at the CJ Cup and had it not been for a disastrous 76 in round three of the Zozo Championship last time, he would have finished much closer than he did.
Hatton looks a big player for this week and likewise at Augusta where he’s currently 28/1. A win or good performance here would surely see his price plummet for the final major of the year, so if you fancy him next week, now might be the time to get on.
Garcia and Griffin can go well at Memorial Park
This week’s venue, Memorial Park, last hosted an event in 1963, so we have no course form to go on, and instead recent form might be the way to go. Sergio Garcia hadn’t won since September 2019, but got back in the winners’ circle at the Sanderson Farms Championship last month, and the Spaniard could go well again here. Garcia played well in the first two rounds at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and was well-placed to challenge, but rounds of 69 and 73 on Saturday and Sunday were well down on what was needed and he ended up finishing in a tie for 43rd.
He was solid if not spectacular at the CJ Cup, but put in his best round of the week on Sunday showing the game is still in a good place. The former Masters winner is still one of the best iron players around and he should go well at 35/1.
Lee Westwood had five top-10s in a row before a tie for 30th at the Italian Open and he could be a player at 70/1, while Lanto Griffin is also worthy of consideration at 40/1. The Californian will have positive vibes about returning to the city where he won his maiden PGA Tour title last year and his two recent showings – seventh at the CJ Cup and 11th at the Zozo – offer further encouragement that he could be up to defending.