Ahhhh, the Shell Houston Open, this tour stop is like the Pro Bowl before the Super Bowl or a go-cart-race before the Daytona 500. Especially when it’s coincides with Opening Day, featuring the Boston Red Sox and the Yankees. Tune up or not, the field is packed this weekend. There is usually a debate whether the players should take a week off prior to the Masters, go practice in Augusta or play the Houston Open before the most important weekend of the year – Masters weekend. Tiger usually takes this week off, Phil traditionally plays in this event, Phil owns the most recent victory at Augusta, who knows what works. The top dogs on the tour are playing so the leader board should be the who’s who by Sunday. Last weekend was a bust for me, half of my predictions didn’t make the cut, even though I played all chalk. I passed on the winner, Els, thinking he couldn’t win back to back weeks, and will pass again this week. 3 in a row, can’t happen right? So I will go with these guys…
Phil Mickelson +1200 – I feel bad for Big Phil, during the coverage last week it was pointed out that he is flying in the night before tournaments because he is taking care of his wife who has cancer and watching over their kids. I feel bad, he is having a tough year. I’ll throw small money on Phil out of respect. Go Phil.
Anthony Kim +1800 – Texas kid, who will miss the cut because he is out drinking the morning of the event or he will be on the leader board because he was just out drinking the night before. I wish Kim’s odds were higher, he is due to win and could see it this week, making for a compelling Woods-Kim showdown.
Hunter Mahan +2500 – I am a huge Hunter Mahan fan, I picked him at the Phoenix Open this year. I am going to limit my Masters picks to only three golfers (not including Tiger) and he is already a lock for one of those 3 picks. Hunter is sick and his girlfriend is a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, guy is the man. I wonder if Tiger banged her?
Matt Kuchar +4000 – This guy was suppose to challenge Tiger when he went pro back in the early 2000s. He hasn’t panned out in any such way. I’ve seen his name pop up in a few tournaments this year but haven’t payed much attention too him. I did some digging and Kuchar has a 3rd, 2nd, 17th and another 3rd place finish this year. Golf is a fickle game and I could see him making a charge before the Masters for a ‘feel good story’
Adam Scott +4000 -Not sure why I am taking this guy, I can’t stand him, he sucks. A long shot, won the Shell Houston Open in 2007
Charl Shwartzel +4000 – Nelson Mandela will be proud if another golfer from South Africa wins a PGA event, they might even make a movie about it, which won’t be any worse then Invictus. Charl not Carl is Els fellow countryman and he is a good golfer, like the odds here.