2024 PGA TOUR Golf Bets: Texas Children’s Houston Open Final Thoughts, Betting Card, OAD

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Written By John Haslbauer | Last Updated
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The 2024 PGA TOUR golf season continues, with Memorial Park Golf Course next on tap to host the Texas Children’s Houston Open in Houston, Texas, beginning Thursday. Scottie Scheffler, Wyndham Clark, and Will Zalatoris headline among Texas Children’s Houston Open bets this week, as John Haslbauer provides his favorite picks among all the golf odds for this tourney. Below, you’ll find the best odds across betting sites for each player.

It’s a fresh canvas on the PGA TOUR, as after a month on the Florida Swing, several of the PGA Tour’s best will now head west to Texas. The 2024 Texas Children’s Houston Open at Memorial Park Golf Course is just moments away, teeing off this Thursday.

Picking up right where we left off on the Florida Swing, Memorial Park is yet another example of a demanding tee-to-green test, which rewards long and accurate drivers off the tee and calls creativity around the greens to scramble for pars on these tightly mown green-side runoffs. This is the type of venue that should elevate the best all-around players to the top of the leaderboard by week’s end. Below, we’ll go through my final Texas Chirlden’s Houston Open bets. Click the odds anywhere in this article to place Texas Children’s Houston Open wagers. 

For a full breakdown of the tournament and course, visit my Texas Children’s Houston Open preview

Texas Children’s Houston Open ODDS: THE FAVORITES

Click on any of Houston Open odds below for the best available prices across sportsbooks in your state. Navigate to my longshots post for more golf DFS picks and considerations.

HOW I BUILT MY Texas Children’s Houston Open BETTING CARD

Previously situated in the midst of the PGA TOUR’s Fall Swing, the Texas Children’s Houston Open receives a new spot on the schedule in 2024. In the teeth of the PGA TOUR season, just two weeks removed from The Masters, this is typically when we start to consider whether players are here to win or to tune up their games in preparation for the first Major of the year.

As it relates to the Texas Swing, I’ve come to learn that native Texans have too much pride in mailing it in as local patrons watch and always look forward to putting on a show in front of the home crowd. Unfortunately, that means we can count on World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler’s full commitment this week, but at +250 outright odds, I’m simply hoping he returns to his long-term mediocre form on the greens to give the rest of the field a chance.

From a unit allocation standpoint, it’s back to business as usual for my weekly stake at the 2024 Texas Children’s Houston Open.

  • Outrights – 3.5U in to pay 25U each
  • FRL – 0.5U in to pay out 10U+ each
  • Full Tournament Matchups – 1U in to pay out 2U
  • Props – 1.5U in to pay out 3U+ each

Texas Children’s Houston Open BETS: OUTRIGHTS (3.5 UNITS)

Will Zalatoris

My Bet: +2000
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A Dallas native, Zalatoris will make his much anticipated Houston Open debut this week, unable to participate last fall as he recovered from injury. It’s safe to say he’s recovered in full since then, as he’s posted finished of T4, T2, and T13 within his last four starts. While it’s encouraging to see the ball striking numbers return to peak form, the putter looks to be clicking as well, having gained over a full stroke putting in each of those top finishes.

A Major killer, Zalatoris is at his best on venues like Memorial Park that reward distance, elite ball striking from long range, and touch around the greens, so I have high expectations leading up to his Houston Open debut.

Sahith Theegala

My Bet: +2200
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My featured spotlight player of the week for the Houston Open, I was glad to see Scheffler’s unprecedentedly short outright price push Theegala’s back beyond 20-1.

At this stage of his career, I think it’s a strong compliment to call Sahith Theegala a poor man’s Scottie Scheffler. Both have a deep bag of creative shots in their arsenals, are escape artists around the greens, and now also both call Texas home. While not long ago it would have been sacrilegious to compare Theegala’s driver to Scheffler’s, he’s done a complete 180 this season, having gained off the tee in 11 of his last 12 starts. Entering with three top-10s over his last four events, this Houston home game seems like an ideal venue for Theegala to keep that momentum going.

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Si Woo Kim

My Bet: +3300
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Yet another Texas resident on the card, Si Woo’s recent ties to Dallas have paid dividends when it comes to navigating the intermittent gusting winds that are synonymous with Texas golf. A runner-up finisher at the AT&T Byron Nelson last year, he’s proven he likes playing a little closer to home.

Known more for his volatility, Si Woo has suddenly become a model of consistency this season, having made nine consecutive cuts leading into this week. He has three top-15 finishes over his last five starts, most notably a T6 in his previous start at THE PLAYERS. A four-time winner on TOUR, he’s one of few players I trust in this field to go toe-to-toe with Scheffler down the stretch on Sunday.

Ryan Fox

My Bet: +10000
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I am always looking for an excuse to back Foxy ever since returning from New Zealand last October, and at 100-1 odds in a relatively thin field, this seems like a very viable week for him to contend. Unlike most players priced beyond 100-1 odds this week, Fox is a proven winner, with three international victories since 2022.

Like the first three winners of the Houston Open at Memorial Park – Carlos Ortiz, Jason Kokrak, and Tony Finau – distance is the strength of Fox’s game and an attribute I expect him to lean on throughout this tournament.

Robert MacIntyre

My Bet: +12500
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A proven contender on Tom Doak’s Renaissance Club last season, I expect MacIntyre’s skillsets of distance and scrambling around firm, undulated links courses to translate well in his Houston Open debut at Memorial Park.

After a slow start to 2024, he looks to have turned a corner with three top-30s over his last six starts. That includes a T6 at the Mexico Open, which places a similar emphasis on managing approach shots around gusting winds and a high concentration of long iron approaches. We saw Tony Finau’s Mexico Open success go on to predict his future Houston Open victory, so it seems worth chasing a similar trend of comp course performance with MacIntyre at this price.

Texas Children’s Houston Open BETS: FIRST-ROUND LEADER (0.5 UNITS)

Beau Hossler

My Bet: +6000
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When I think of Texas golfers, my mind immediately goes to Beau Hossler. Despite some poor initial history at the Houston Open and questionable performances in recent weeks, I don’t want to find myself without any Hossler exposure on my card, so here’s chasing a Thursday bump from the local crowd support.

Aaron Rai

My Bet: +6600
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It was a disappointing showing from Rai at the Valspar Championship last week. Lesson learned: we’ll play to his strength in Houston and back the Thursday king in round one only.

Thomas Detry

My Bet: +8000
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An explosive scorer who never seems to be able to avoid a round-derailing blowup, FRL is the only market I feel comfortable backing Detry. With elite distance and putting skill, this is good course set up for Detry to go low at.

Ryan Fox

My Bet: +8000
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I like Ryan Fox as an FRL bet for many of the same reasons I like Detry. Both seem to unravel as they get closer and closer to Sunday, but their elite distance since creates more scoring chances at Memorial Park.

Jhonattan Vegas

My Bet: +14000
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Another elite driver, not dissimilar of a player profile to 2022 Houston Open champion Jason Kokrak, Vegas is a tried and true FRL candidate at discounted odds this week. Finishing T26 here last season, this is a better course setup for his game than the odds would suggest.

TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOUSTON OPEN BETS: PROPS (2.5 UNITS)

Full Tournament Matchup: Will Zalatoris > Tony Finau

My Bet: -120

As a Tony Finau backer at the 2023 Houston Open, it pains me to root for his demise in his title defense. But current Tony is a much different proposition than 2023 Fall Swing Tony. Leading up to his Houston Open win, Finau had already picked up two wins within his last seven starts. This year, he’s far from the same heater, finishing MC and T45 in his last two starts.

On the flip side, Zalatoris enters in far more consistent form with three top-15s over his last four starts. With course history factored into the prices here, I’m comfortable taking a stance on Zalatoris ahead of his Houston Open debut.

Top-40 Finish: Tyson Alexander

My Bet: +275
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I did not know who Tyson Alexander was before the 2023 Houston Open, but after a solo second-place finish, he earned himself a spot on my radar. He hasn’t shown a ton of form since, but is only two starts removed from a T16 at The Cognizant Classic. He didn’t show any clear signs of form before his strong finish last season, so I’m comfortable chasing the value of course history alone at this long price for a modest top-40 finish.

Top-20 Finish: Robert MacIntyre

My Bet: +350
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We’ll find our soon if Robert MacIntyre is a Tom Doak specialist or not, but this is a very ideal course set up to cater to his strengths of distance, short game, and scoring in difficult conditions.

ONE AND DONE

My Pick: Will Zalatoris

After a near-perfect use of Cameron Young in OAD last week, let’s keep the Wake Forest momentum going with his college roommate. From an OAD strategy perspective, I see Sahith Theegala landing as the consensus chalk selection this week. Not that Zalatoris is a contrarian play by any means, but enough OAD players will opt to save him for a Major down the road instead of risking in his tournament debut coming off of a missed cut at THE PLAYERS.

For me, Memorial Park is one of the most ideal setups of the season for Zalatoris’ game, and I believe his ball-striking form is exactly where it needs to be to go low this week.

If not Zalatoris, I would also consider playing Sahith Theegala, Si Woo Kim, or Scottie Scheffler in OAD.

That’ll do it for this week’s PGA TOUR golf bets. Best of luck this week with your own Texas Children’s Houston Open bets, and see you next Sunday for the Valero Texas Open preview. For more, follow TheLines on Twitter.

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