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Golf tips, best bets and player analysis for the Houston Open at Memorial Park on the PGA Tour.

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Best bets

English Harris
1.5pts each way 70-1 bet365

If Woo Kim
1.5pts each way 50-1 bet365, Betfred

Davis Riley
1pt each way 50-1 general

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Scottie Scheffler will be a warm order for the Houston Open after his final victory at the World Tech Championship last week, but the bookies are giving nothing away with an 11-2 better price for the Memorial Park shootout.

Scheffler should be given great respect. He finished with a 62 in Mexico on Sunday, tying for third place, after putting his old putter back in his bag for the weekend. With some confidence seemingly restored on the dance floors, the Dallas-based star must be the clear favorite heading to a track where he carded a second-round 62 last year en route to second place behind Jason Kokrak. .

Bettors should also note that Scheffler was a young PGA Tour girl when he let Kokrak beat him to Memorial Park 12 months ago. Four trophies have succeeded, including the Masters. Scheffler is clearly the man to beat, but the preference is for one-sided investments over a trio of keen underdogs.

Steve Palmer’s best advice

Harris English 70-1

Harris English fans will have been delighted to see him so healthy and aggressive through the ball during last week’s World Tech Championship in Mayakoba.

English appears to have regained his swing speed to the level that once made him world number ten – and a first-round 64 at El Camaleon was particularly eye-catching. The 33-year-old has struggled with injuries and seems to have finally come out on the other side.

The Englishman won two PGA Tour titles last year and then made his Ryder Cup debut with an American side that won 19-9, but the hip pain gradually increased for this giant of six foot three inches and he had surgery. Valentine’s Day this year.

The recovery period meant the Englishman couldn’t return to action until the Memorial in June – and it naturally took him some time to return to his typical level of performance – but recent signs have been encouraging.

The Englishman finished with a 66 for ninth place in the Fortinet Championship in September, he was 28th at the Shriners Children’s Open, then he finished with a 67 for 32nd in Mexico on Sunday. This could be the week he strings together four good laps and fights for a title.

English is a four-time PGA Tour champion who is well suited for the Memorial Park test. He’s blessed with great touch on and around the greens, so the clearance areas on this course don’t scare him. Hotshot Harris has been there once before – at the 2019 Houston Open – and he finished fourth. Only one player outclassed him in the final round.

English has performed well in other Texas events – he lost a playoff in Lone Star State on his national tour days, he finished fifth at Colonial in 2012 and he was a runner-up at Colonial in 2016. the southern states. Considering he was nearly five months away from competition earlier this year, this sweet swinger is fresh and hungry at a time when many of his peers are faltering.

Next best bet

If Woo Kim 50-1

Former prodigy Si Woo Kim, who was Sawgrass champion at 21, could become a four-time PGA Tour winner at 27 on Sunday. The Korean has shown great courage throughout his professional career and winning in Houston seems well within reach.

Kim shot a final round 64 to fend off Patrick Cantlay and win The American Express early last year. And the cheeky Si Woo showed his spirit again in the Presidents Cup in September to upset another big-name American.

Taking on Justin Thomas in Sunday’s singles – along with a fan-favorite American crowd – Kim birdied the final green to triumph in the heads-up. It was an incredibly brave performance against an in-form Thomas who had already picked up four points that week.

Putting had become a frustration for Kim, but Adam Scott convinced his fellow Presidents Cup to try the broomstick, and the switch worked wonders. Kim won three points from four Cup matches, knocking out a top quintet of Scheffler, Sam Burns, Cantlay, Xander Schauffele and Thomas.

Kim could draw so much confidence from the Presidents Cup and he finished eighth in the Shriners Children’s Open next time around. Mental fatigue likely contributed to flat performances in the Zozo Championship and CJ Cup – he had a busy schedule – but a fortnight off refreshed this little master for Memorial Park.

Kim missed the cut by one shot in her only start at Memorial Park, but the Dallas-based star should be a factor in her adopted country this time around. He finished fourth at the 2019 Texas Open.

Other selection

Davis Riley 50-1

PGA Tour youngster Davis Riley knocked hard on the door of the winner’s enclosure – and it probably won’t be long before this talented 25-year-old crashes.

Riley was a loss in the Valspar Championship playoffs last year, then fifth at the Mexican Open, ninth at Byron Nelson in Texas and fourth at Colonial in Texas. One of his two titles on the Korn Ferry Tour came to Texas in the TPC San Antonio Championship.

Like English, Riley is most at home in the southern states of America, having been born in Mississippi before playing college golf in Alabama.

Riley has already played five events this season, so he’s sharpened up, and a 67-67-68-68 effort in Mexico for 21st place was a rock-solid warm-up last week on a less suitable track. He was 29th on his debut at Memorial Park last year and can fight his way back into the race.

Players to note

Sam Burns
The Louisianan finished seventh twice at Memorial Park and he was seventh in the CJ Cup last time out. Like Scheffler, he has an obvious chance but is priced accordingly.

Maverick McNealy
The PGA Tour maiden has a heady mix of background and current form – Memorial Park results of 17-20-19 and numbers of 10-12-18-10 from her last four events.

Sepp Straka
The inconsistent Austrian finished fourth at Memorial Park in 2019 and fifth in 2020. A keen underdog on a track he clearly enjoys.

Taylor Montgomery
Form numbers of 2-3-4-9-3-9-15-13-10 from his last nine events mean Monty deserves great respect. A young PGA Tour girl who might fall in love with Memorial Park in her early days.

Memorial Park Trail Guide

Course Memorial Park Golf Course, Houston, Texas
Prize money $8.4 million ($1.35 million to winner)
Length 7,412 yards
By 70 – three par fives; ten normal; five par three
Field 132 The cup Top 65 and ties advance to Round 3
Highest ranked players on the pitch (world ranking in brackets) Scottie Scheffler (2), Sam Burns (12), Tony Finau (15), Hideki Matsuyama (19), Sepp Straka (27)

Course files – 72 holes 267 Carlos Ortiz (2020) 18 holes 62Scottie Scheffler (2021)

When to bet Around 12:45 p.m. on Thursday

When to watch Live on Sky Sports Golf Red Button from 12:45 p.m. Thursday

Time difference Texas is six hours behind the UK and Ireland

Last Week – World Tech Championship 1 R Henley (55-1), 2 B Harman (40-1), T3 S Scheffler (9-1), J Dahmen (70-1), T Merritt (150-1), S Power (40-1) , W Gordon (150-1), T8 D Lingmerth (300-1), S Ryder (225-1)

Type of course Park

Course overview The Houston Open was traditionally the week before the Masters, but moved to a fall slot in 2019. The tournament was held at the Golf Club of Houston from 2006 to 2019, before the new venue took over . Tom Doak, with help from Brooks Koepka, redesigned Memorial Park in preparation for Tour action. Doak, who also designed the Scottish Open venue, the Renaissance Club, added elevation and improved drainage, some holes were lengthened, some shortened, trees removed, bunkers too and the fairways have been widened. The course is generous at the start, but the roughness of the Bermuda shorts is penalizing. The undulating greens are surrounded by run-off areas and are the main defense of the course

Last year story Jason Kokrak held off Scottie Scheffler and Kevin Tway to win a third PGA Tour title

Weather forecast Sunny and warm to start the event, but cooler over the weekend, with afternoon temperatures dropping from a Thursday 26C to a Saturday 15C. Light to moderate wind everywhere.

Type of player adapted to the challenge The relatively fast, sloping greens are surrounded by short grass runoff areas, so touching on and around the dance floors seems essential

key attribute To touch

Spotlight overview None of the past 16 Houston Open winners have finished in the top ten in their previous event in strokeplay


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Ruth J. Leeds