Houston Open Odds: Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka Get Final Prep In Before The Masters

Posted By FairwayJay on November 1, 2020 - Last Updated on November 2, 2020

The Houston Open is the final PGA Tour event before The Masters, and a new course greets the players for the 2020 event. Fans will also greet the players for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic and PGA Tour restart in June. Spectators will be able to walk the grounds at Memorial Park with a limited number of fans capped at 2,500 each day.

The renovated Memorial Park Golf Course is the new and future home for this years 73rd Houston Open. It’s a public course that last hosted a PGA Tour event in 1963.

While many top pros are taking the week off in preparation for next week’s major, plenty of other highly-ranked players are in Houston looking to play well and build their game and confidence ahead of Augusta. Eight of the top 25 players in the Official World Golf Rankings will play at Memorial Park in Houston this week.

Houston Open odds

Dustin Johnson, Tyrell Hatton and Brooks Koepka are the top three on the board in Houston. Tony Finau and Hideki Matsuyama are among the top challengers supported by competitive odds. Russell Henley and Scottie Scheffler were both 25/1 to win last year’s Houston Open, and each golfer is playing better now. The golf course is new, so be sure to review players’ current form and stat categories below when identifying players of interest and value.

Outright winner

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11/05/2020
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Dustin Johnson
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+650
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+700
Tyrrell Hatton
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+1600
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+1600
Tony Finau
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+1600
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+2000
Russell Henley
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+1600
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+2200
Viktor Hovland
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+1600
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+2600
Hideki Matsuyama
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+1800
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+2000
Brooks Koepka
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+2000
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+1800
Scottie Scheffler
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+2200
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+2000
Adam Scott
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+3300
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+2600
Sung-Jae Im
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+3300
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+3100
Jason Day
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+3300
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+3400
Zach Johnson
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+3300
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+5500
Sergio Garcia
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+4000
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+3400
Doc Redman
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+5000
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+4000
Lanto Griffin
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+5000
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+4000
Brian Harman
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+5000
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+5500
Corey Conners
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+5000
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+4500
Si-Woo Kim
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+6600
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+4500
Jordan Spieth
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+6600
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+4800
Shane Lowry
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+6600
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+5500
Cameron Davis
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+7000
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+6000
James Hahn
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+8000
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+5500
Denny McCarthy
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+8000
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+6000

View current Houston Open odds for every golfer at DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook and BetMGM.

Notable golfers in the 2020 Houston Open

Major champions Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Francesco Molinari, Jordan Spieth, Shane Lowry, Sergio Garcia, Jason Day, Henrik Stenson and Zach Johnson headline the 2020 Vivint Houston Open field.

Also playing are recent Houston Open champions Lanto Griffin (2019), Ian Poulter (2018) and Russell Henley (2017). Top 30 world-ranked players in the field include Sungjae Im and Viktor Hovland.

Additional players of note who finished top 15 at last year’s Houston Open include Harris English (T4), Xinjun Zhang (T4), Denny McCarthy, Stewart Cink (T9) and Doc Redman (T13).

Course information: Memorial Park Golf Course

  • Course: Memorial Club Golf Course
  • Location: Houston, TX
  • Date: Nov. 5-8, 2020
  • Par: 72 / Approx. 7,309 yards
  • Fairways/Rough: Bermudagrass
  • Greens: Bermudagrass
  • Purse: $7 Million / Winner $1.26 Million
  • TV: Golf Channel
  • Twitter: @HouOpenGolf

The Astros Foundation presented a plan to the city of Houston in Nov. 2018 to renovate the Memorial Park Golf Course to PGA Tour standards in order to host the Houston Open. In Jan. 2019, the city council passed a Development and Construction agreement and course renovation began immediately. The renovated Memorial Park Golf Course opened in Oct. 2019.

The renovated course offers premier turf conditions using new turf grass varieties, new bunker liners, improved course aesthetics and playability and a state-of-the-art irrigation system to capture stormwater for course irrigation reuse.

Tom Doak-design philosophies are influenced by his study of links courses overseason. The renovation with player consultation from Brooks Koepka included reduction in bunkers from 54 to 20, and those sand traps have been replaced by steep slopes covered in short grass. Areas around the green complexes are mowed shorter with tight grass slopes, contours and runoff areas. The green surrounds repel golf shots. The special part of Memorial Park is the areas around the greens and the character of the green complexes. The players will be presented with more difficult shots to get the ball closer to the pins. The putting surfaces will be fast with all kinds of undulation. Some greens are pushed up and others canted. The putting and short game challenge will intensify this week and provide a good prep for Augusta National at next week’s Masters.

The stunning signature Par 3 at No. 2 plays over a ravine to a well defended and tiered green. That showpiece prepares players for the task and greens ahead. The back nine at Memorial Park dares players to take chances with plenty of risk/reward options. The final six holes include two potentially drivable Par 4s, two Par 5s, a short Par 3 and the difficult Par 4 finishing hole. The Par 5 at No. 16 and short Par 4 at No. 17 are located across a lake from each other and offer eagle opportunities but also feature peninsular greens that jut out into water. The finishing hole at No. 18 is nearly 500 yards with an unusual turtleback fairway. Players will be forced to play more defensive than aggressive at the home hole which has the most greenside bunkers (3) of any hole on the course.

Key stats

There is no course history, so looking at current form and determining Strokes Gained categories for success is part of the process this week. So is understaning the motivation of some players with an eye on the bigger prize next week at the Masters.

Strokes Gained Tee-to-Green is a useful stat and great barometer on how players games are from tee to green. It takes a combination of driving distance, driving accuracy, greens hit and proximity to the hole. In anticipation of players missing more greens with heavier rough conditions and noted tight contours around the green, Scrambling and Strokes Gained Around-the-Green are also significant stats at Memorial Park.

In the last 24 rounds, these players rank highest in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green according to the Fantasy National database:

  1. Dustin Johnson
  2. Russell Henley
  3. Hideki Matsuyama
  4. Si Woo Kim
  5. Tony Finau
  6. Emiliano Grillo
  7. Sungjae Im
  8. James Haan
  9. Keegan Bradley
  10. Brooks Koepka

Also, Johnson, Henley, Koepka, Im and Grillo rank top 10 in SG: Approach.

Around-the-Green

  1. Si Woo Kim
  2. Padraig Harrington
  3. Hideki Matsuyama
  4. Alex Noren
  5. Luke Donald
  6. Harold Varner
  7. Dustin Johnson

Of the players in these two categories, only Dustin Johnson also ranks top 10 in Strokes Gained: Putting over his last 24 rounds.

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