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PGA Tour: Houston Open Betting Odds and Predictions

It’s been a total of 18 months since the Houston Open has been apart of the PGA Tour, but this weekend, it’s back! However, things are a bit different for this tournament going forward. Instead of normally being the last tune-up before the Masters in April, the event will instead be held in the fall in a series of events.

With that being said though, there really aren’t too many quality brand names involved in this tournament. To be completely honest, there’s only one that could be considered a top golfer, and that stature belongs to Henrik Stenson — and it reflects in the odds as well with him placed at +900 and his second-place competition being at +2000.

If you’re disappointed by the lack of top golfers though, don’t be. These are the types of tournaments in golf where the gambling community can really make a solid profit with all of the odds being pretty high. Hell, even Stenson is a profitable +900. But that’s usually what happens with the tournaments that don’t have elite talent involved and no clear favorite with the oddsmakers, so remember that for future small tournaments on the PGA Tour. Though the entertainment value might not be there as far as just watching is concerned, it’s sky-high when it comes to betting.

According to online sportsbook Bovada, Henrik Stenson is the favorite to win the 2019 PGA Tour Houston Open at +900 odds, while Brian Harman comes in second place at +2000. Up next in the third spot, we have a tie between Cameron Champ and Daniel Berger at +2200 odds, then Pat Perez rounds out the top five for us at +2800 odds. In the No. 6 position, we have another tie, this time between Scottie Sheffler and Russell Henley at +3300, with Russell Knox, Kyle Stanley, and Keegan Bradley all falling in a tie for eighth place at +4000 odds.

Henrik Stenson Has a Story of Dominance at the Houston Open

I understand that most people don’t like to bet on the favorites, and I get it, I’m the same way, but with this tournament, you’ve got to place some money on Henrik Stenson to take this event. Not only are his odds still profitable at +900, but he’s also in excellent form coming in, and here’s the biggest reason of why you should place a bet: He dominates at the Houston Open. Now, he hasn’t earned a victory at this tournament yet, but he’s put up some elite performances. With that being said, you have to think he’s overdue for a win here. Here are his best performances at the Houston Open: 2nd (2016), T-2nd (2013), T-3rd (2009) and T-6th (2018).

Going Back to His Excellent Recent Form Though:

In his last seven tournaments across the globe, Stenson has managed to score four placements in the top 10, including a T-3 placement in the European Tour Scandinavian Invitation in Sweden just two appearances ago. With his dominance at the Houston Open though, when you analyze it a little further, you realize that this year’s field is no where as strong as in years past. With Stenson already dominating in prior Houston Open tournaments, you have to wonder if 2019 is the year where he finally achieves the title up against a weaker field. You also have to place a bet on Stenson under those circumstances, it’s just too good to pass up and is certainly worth the money with the potential payout at +900.

Now I know what you’re probably thinking. With him being an overwhelming favorite to win and the obvious selection to have as your winner, you may be thinking that it’s a steal, too good of a steal, too good of a steal where it’s too good to be true. On top of that, you probably think it’s a trap bet that could make you look like a sucker, and who wants to look like a sucker? But just go with your gut on this one and gamble on Stenson, this bet is way too solid to pass up on.

The past five winners of the Houston Open are: Ian Poulter (2018), Russell Henley (2017), Jim Herman (2016), J.B. Holmes (2015) and Matt Jones (2014). For this year’s edition of the tournament, there are a hand-full of picks that come at great value. Before we get into the top favorites for the tournament, let’s briefly go into some solid betting options that you can make an excellent profit from. Following all of that, I’ll be giving you my betting prediction for who will win the 2019 Houston Open, as well as a long shot pick to ride with for a major payday. After you read and get your advice from me, you can then place your bets for who you think will win.

The 2019 Houston Open takes place at the Golf Club of Houston – Tournament Course and kicks off on Thursday, October 10 and is held until Sunday, October 13, and is being nationally televised on the Golf Channel. The first tee-time on Thursday is at 8:15 AM ET with Russell Henley, Martin Laird, Josh Teater, Mark Hughes, Sepp Straka, and Bronson Burgoon all teeing off. The purse for the event is a total of $7,500,000.

Best Betting Options for Profitability at the 2019 Houston Open

  • BEAU HOSSIER (+4000)
  • Nearly getting his first career PGA Tour victory at the last Houston Open, Beau Hossier would fall just short of the win by missing a putt the length of 20 feet. He would make the playoff, but would eventually suffer a near-glory defeat.

  • CARLOS ORTIZ (+6600)
  • Playing in the Sanderson Farms Championship last month, Carlos Ortiz would make it to Sunday in the final group and would finish with an elite T-4 place finish. In the two events after though, the results would just be average.

  • AUSTIN COOK (+8000)
  • In 2015’s edition of the Houston Open, Cook would manage to get all the way to the final round of the tournament, trailing by just one shot and having a great performance. The champion of the 2018 RSM Classic, Cook hasn’t exactly been the best failing to make the cut for three straight events, and has high odds as a result. But all that means is high profitability, especially considering he has a solid history at the Houston Open.

  • JOHNSON WAGNER (+15000)
  • Don’t let those +15000 odds fool you, Johnson Wagner can certainly win this tournament. The main reason for the hefty figure with the oddsmakers is because of his inconsistency, such as doing good in one event and then disappearing without a trace for months. With that being said, he’s done solid at the Houston Open in the past, including a victory in 2008 and a second place finish in 2015, and that would be in a playoff. There’s a load of value here with Johnson Wagner.

Betting Favorites to Win the 2019 Houston Open

Henrik Stenson | Betting Odds: +900

Henrik Stenson hasn’t exactly been in elite form in his last five tournaments, but he’s put up some solid finishes to bring him into this weekend’s Houston Open as the odds-on favorite. At his last event at the BMW PGA Championship (European Tour/United Kingdom), he’d pull in a T-17 placement, but the tournament before would be his best recent finish with a T-3 tally in the Scandinavian Invitation (European Tour/Sweden). Before that, however, it would be nothing more than just average results for the Swede, tying in 27th at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational (PGA Tour/United States) and another tie for 20th at The Open Championship (PGA Tour/United Kingdom). His other elite placement would come in the Scottish Open (European Tour/Sweden). There, he would take a T-4 mark. Not bad for the most part, and there’s your favorite for this weekend.

Brian Harman | Betting Odds: +2000

With the exception of the T-52 placement in The Barclays (PGA Tour/United States), Brian Harman has been in pretty good form in his latest appearances. In his most recent in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (PGA Tour/United States), he would be in the upper-half of the leaderboard tying for 18th place, while before that in the Sanderson Farms Championship (PGA Tour/United States), it would be a similar mark with a T-14 finish. Not that bad, right? The final two get even better. As a matter of fact, they’re elite results. In A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier (PGA Tour/United States), that’s when he would pull in his best finish with a T-3 figure, and up next, he would pull in another excellent performance tying for sixth place in the Wyndham Championship (PGA Tour/United States). Pretty nice competition for Henrik Stenson, and he would be nearly level if it wasn’t for Harman’s 52nd place finish at The Barclays.

Cameron Champ | Betting Odds: +2200

If you decide to place a bet on Cameron Champ, do so at your own risk. Yeah, he would take a victory at the Safeway Open (PGA Tour/United States), but other than that, Champ hasn’t really done anything special. As a matter of fact, the performances have either been mediocre or just outright dismal. In Champ’s last event, the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (PGA Tour/United States), he would miss the cut altogether. The event prior, that’s when Champ would get his victory at the Safeway Open. In his other events, he would pull a T-28 placement in the Sanderson Farms Championship (PGA Tour/United States), T-65 in BMW Championship (PGA Tour/United States) and a T-21 mark in The Barclays (PGA Tour/United States). He can win, sure, but it comes along with a lot of risk. I’d personally keep my money away.

Daniel Berger | Betting Odds: +2200

Don’t put your cash anywhere near Daniel Berger. In his last five tournaments, his best result would be a T-18 placement, and that would come in his most recent event of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (PGA Tour/United States). Other than that, it’s been downhill from there. His next best finish would be a T-23 mark in the Safeway Open (PGA Tour/United States), followed by two T-39 results: One in the Korn Ferry Tour Championship (Korn Ferry Tour/United States), and the other in the Wyndham Championship (PGA Tour/United States). His worst performance would come in the Barracuda Championship (PGA Tour/United States), and that would be a 58th place finish. See what I mean? Just stay away.

Pat Perez | Betting Odds: +2800

Here’s the thing: Pat Perez was absolutely fantastic in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (PGA Tour/United States), putting up a third place finish on the leaderboard. Other than that, however, it’s been nothing but horrific results from Perez. The only other true placement is a T-61 mark in the Barracuda Championship (PGA Tour/United States). After that, nothing but missed cuts in each the Safeway Open (PGA Tour/United States), The Barclays (PGA Tour/United States) and the Wyndham Championship (PGA Tour/United States). I get his last showing was elite, but those three missed cuts (and the T-61 finish) scares me away completely. I see no value here whatsoever.

Russell Henley | Betting Odds: +3300

Here is yet another golfer to keep your money away from, with his best finish being a T-31 mark in the Wyndham Championship (PGA Tour/United States). Yeah, so expect nothing but a decline from here. Up next, Henley’s best performance would be a T-37 result in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (PGA Tour/United States), and the results really fall off from there all the way down to the 50’s. He would put up a T-54 at the Sanderson Farms Championship (PGA Tour/United States), followed by a T-57 at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier (PGA Tour/United States). Last, as well as being the least, he would tie for 59th place at The Barclays (PGA Tour/United States). I have no faith in Russell Henley winning this event, and you shouldn’t either.

Best of the Rest: 2019 Houston Open Odds

  • Scottie Scheffler | +3300
  • Denny McCarthy | +3300
  • Beau Hossler | +4000
  • Harris English | +4000
  • Keegan Bradley | +4000
  • Kyle Stanley | +4000
  • Luke List | +4000
  • Matt Jones | +4000
  • Russell Knox | +4000
  • Sam Ryder | +4000
  • Sebastian Munoz | +4000
  • Bronson Burgoon | +5000
  • Bud Cauley | +5000
  • Cameron Tringale | +5000
  • Lanton Griffin | +5000

Betting Prediction to Win the 2019 Houston Open

  • Henrik Stenson (+900)

2019 Houston Open Betting Long Shot

  • Beau Hossler (+4000)

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