PGA Tour: Shell Houston Open
This event returns to the par 72 Redstone Tournament course first used in 2006. The course, long with wide fairways and large, undulating greens and many water hazards, tends to favour the longer hitters. Players who enjoy Bermuda greens have an advantage. Local players have a good record here.
OUTRIGHT: Patrick Reed, 0.5 pts win and place 16/1 (1/4 Odds 6 places)
Reed missed the cut on his only start here two years ago but he is a much improved player now. What is lacking in terms of course form is more than compensated for in current form as he already has a win in the Hyundai event in January and tied for second last time out in the Valspar event. Jimmy Walker’s withdrawal has left Reed as one of the few class acts in the field and he looks worth keeping onside in this weak field.
OUTRIGHT: Louis Oosthuizen, 0.5 pts win and place 28/1 (1/4 Odds 6 places)
Oosthuizen has been plagued by injuries in the last couple of years but recent performances suggest he may have put his troubles behind him. Two top ten finishes in his last three outings bode well, more especially on a course where he has recent form figures of 16T in 11, 3rd in 12 and 10T in 13.
OUTRIGHT: Carlos Ortiz, 0.5 pts win and place100/1 (1/4 Odds 5 places)
Ortiz has thrived as a rookie, securing top-25 finishes in four of his last six starts as well finishing tied for ninth in the OHL Classic earlier in the season. Last week in San Antonio he recovered from an opening 79 in the worst of the weather to finish 15th, and as a player who ranks 33rd in driving distance so far this year he has the length for this layout. Having gone to college in Texas he will be comfortable here, so on the back of two extremely impressive weeks with an easier set-up to suit, he could go well.