Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the Houston Open for oddsmarket.com.
<div><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Houston Golf Club, Humble, Texas</strong></h2><p style="text-align:center"><strong>October 10-13</strong></p><p>Founded after the War in 1946 the Houston Open is a permanent fixture on the PGA Tour. This is the seventeenth occasion the in succession that the Houston Golf Club has played host but the last for now as the tournament next year moves course. That gives a rich course history to study for this week. The track was designed by Rees Jones with water in play on ten of the holes and a well-conditioned course. The winds have often been a problem for the players in previous years on this exposed course with wide fairways.</p><p>Last season's Houston Open was played in the spring the week before the Masters, which had been its usual spot on the PGA Tour schedule. Englishman Ian Poulter was a surprise winner having only played the course once previous. In recent year's there have been several surprise winners with Jim Herman and D A Points both winning at a price of 501.00. Johnson Wagner the 2008 champion lost in a sudden-death playoff in 2016 also at 501.00.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=160&a=9feaaf7a-d7a2-4185-974a-81ad171951df&f=3"><img alt src="https://imstore.bet365affiliates.com/AffiliateCreativeBanners/Sports/General/Bet%20Builder/en-GB/UK/STD/728x90_2.jpeg" style="width:100%" /></a></h2><div> </div><h2>Betting Predictions and Tips</h2><p>In recent seasons at Houston <strong>Russell Henley</strong> has become the main protagonist in Houston with a run of five successive top 8 finishes winning the title in 2017. A player who has been performing below his best in 2019 with second place in the John Deere Classic his best finish. Out of the blue last week he played solidly in Las Vegas and we can expect him to feel rejuvenated at a return to his favourite venue. Those ingredients give the perfect recipe for a bet this week.</p><p>Sweden's <strong>Henrik Stenson</strong> was sixth last season and that was on the back of three top 6 finishes in the last decade. The 2016 Open Champion arrives in Texas in consistent form but winless in the past two season's. A player of his class and consistency he will win again very soon and this looks a good opportunity.</p><p><strong>Austin Cook</strong> was a Monday Qualifier back in 2015 and made a scintillating run over the opening three rounds to be holding the joint lead with the final round to play. Sadly his last round of 75 dropped him down the leaderboard to a final position of 11th. Still an exceptional performance for a Monday Qualifier and since he has gone on to win the RSM Classic. The interesting fact is he has not played here since 2015 so this week is his first chance of redemption.</p><p><strong>Zac Blair </strong>has turned a corner in the preceding months and jumped a level in performance and consistency. From the last week of June, he has produced seven top 11 finishes with winning the Ellie Mae Classic the highlight. Two weeks ago at the Safeway Open, he finished an impressive fourth after a poor opening round of 75. The clinching reasons for a bet in Texas this week is his previous good form at the Houston Golf Club particularly an eighth-place finish in 2017.</p><p><strong>Sam Ryder</strong> has a golfing name and he has a golfing game that is ready to win as the twenty-nine-year-old from Florida is starting to prove. Last week's Shriners Hospital for Children Open a poor final round meant he dropped out of contention. Sharper for last week and a fifth place at Houston Golf Club on debut in 2018 was his best PGA Tour performance at the time so they are perfect ingredients for a bet this week.</p><p>Ten months off professional golf through injury and back surgery has been tough for <strong>Kevin Chappell</strong>. Hopefully, there is light at the end of the tunnel for the 2017 Valero Texas Open champion. His comeback tournament at the Greenbrier was memorable for a third-round 59 illustrating his ability is still intact. Last week's 40th position at the Shriners was another small step in the right direction for the Californian man. Now back in Texas, the state he won his PGA Tour title, it looks perfect timing given his previous good results at the Houston Golf Club to hit the higher echelons of a leaderboard.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Recommended Bets:</strong></p><ul> <li>Russell Henley @ 34.00 (33/1) <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in the game with Unibet">Unibet</a></li> <li>Austin Cook @ 101.00 (100/1) <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=95095aa3-ae41-43ba-886d-99a97893c4a3&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Start betting with Boylesports!">Boylesports</a></li> <li>Zac Blair @ 151.00 (150/1) Boylesports</li> <li>Sam Ryder @ 51.00 (50/1) <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Well rated bookmaker">Coral</a></li> <li>Kevin Chappell @ 81.00 (80/1) <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Place your bets with Ladbrokes">Ladbrokes</a></li></ul></div>