2020 Houston Open: Betting Picks

HUMBLE, TEXAS – OCTOBER 13: Caddie Chris Nash (L), Maya Brown, and Lanto Griffin pose with the trophy after winning the Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston on October 13, 2019 in Humble, Texas. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Any momentum we had was lost in the depths of the Bermuda Triangle. We’ll try to rocket back this week down at the Houston Open with a clear mind and a full heart (hopefully, we can’t lose).

2020-2021 Record: 24-18-2 (Parlay: 0-9)

Ouch town, population, us. Talk about a tournament to forget. For those of you who have followed me throughout this process, you witnessed history – the worst betting week of my career. I wasn’t even CLOSE to analyzing guys correctly. It was honestly laugh out loud funny. When two of your guys fail to break 80 on Friday, all you can do is crack open a cold one and fuggedaboutit. The beauty of betting on golf is that we get a different course and different players this week. We have a clean slate, a great tournament, and (for some reason) unwavering confidence for this week’s Houston Open.

We got all of our losing out the way and now we can go into the Houston Open with winners on the mind. The Houston Open has caused quite a stir amongst golf pundits, due to fans being allowed to attend. This posed a very important question to players. Do you play and risk contracting COVID-19 in advance of The Masters? Or skip it, prep at your home course, and all but secure being able to play next week in Augusta. I say to each their own. Live your own life, do whatever you want to do, but I swear if you get sick Brooks, there’s a world of pain coming your way.

This edition of the Houston Open will look different from years’ past, taking place at Memorial Park Golf Course, a newly renovated municipal course. I think this is fantastic for the game. I love when the average Joe can go out and play the same course that pros like DJ and Brooks play. With that in mind, it’s a municipal course, so it needs to be playable for those sandbaggers, meaning the pros could have their way with it.

Typically, I’d look at course history and correlated courses in order to assist in handicapping the Houston Open, but that’s not out there for us. I’ve seen potentially some relation to Colonial Country Club, but I think it’s best for us to play it safe this week and look solely at class golfers. The only information of substance I’ve seen is that the green complexes and tight lies around the greens are the course’s main defenses, so short game may be weighted a touch more than usual.

Memorial Park Golf Course plays around 7,300 yards, on Bermuda grass, and to an untraditional Par-72 – meaning ten Par 4’s, five Par 3’s and five Par 5’s. 7,300 yards is pretty average for these guys, but there is some distance buried within the Par 3’s and Par 5’s, so I’ll be looking at mid irons (150-175 yards) and long irons (200+ yards) proximities. The majority of the Par 4’s will be played from 450-500 yards, so that is another bucket of holes that will catch my attention. Outside of the big four – not the accounting firms, but off-the-tee, approach, around-the-green, and putting –  I’ll be looking at fairways gained, opportunities gained, and Par 5 scoring. With a lot of questions surrounding this year’s Houston Open, I’m hoping we’ll be able to provide some answers with our in-depth analysis and outdated references.

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