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2021 Houston Open Betting Odds, Preview and Picks

By Hank Blaine

2020 defending Houston Open champion Carlos Ortiz won’t head to Memorial Park Golf Course to defend his title. Ortiz is out with an injury, which means this week’s PGA Tournament is wide open. On NitroBetting, Sam Burns is the chalk at +1400. Scottie Scheffler is a solid second choice at +1800 while Cameron Smith and Sungjae Im are co-third choice options at +2500. The three name golfers in the tournament, Brooks Koepka, Tony Finau, and Adam Scott, are at +2800 to +3000 odds. Will one of the well-known golfers get it done? Is favorite Sam Burns worth a look? Check out more info and an odds analysis for the 2021 Houston Open.

2021 Houston Open Tournament Info

  • When: Thursday, Nov. 11 – Sunday, Nov. 14
  • Where: Memorial Park Golf Course, Houston, TX
  • TV: Golf Channel
  • Live Stream: GolfChannel.com
  • Purse: $7,500,000
  • Defending Champ: Carlos Ortiz

Odds to Win the 2021 Houston Open

  1. Sam Burns +1400
  2. Scottie Scheffler +1800
  3. Cameron Smith +2500
  4. Sungjae Im +2500
  5. Brooks Koepka +2800
  6. Tony Finau +2800
  7. Adam Scott +3000
  8. Joaquin Niemann +3000
  9. Aaron Wise +3300
  10. Talor Gooch +3300
  11. Tyrrell Hatton +3300
  12. Matthew Wolff +3300
  13. Maverick McNealy +4000
  14. Shane Lowry +4000
  15. Seamus Power +4500
  16. Patrick Reed +4500
  17. Russell Henley +5000
  18. Marc Leishman +5000

Is Sam Burns worth a look at the chalky +1400 odds?

At last year’s Houston Open, Burns shot a -7, which isn’t a bad score. Not only that, but the 25- year-old brings hot sticks into this. Burns last played in early September at the Sanderson Farms Championship. He shot four straight rounds under 70: 68, 66, 65, 67, on his way to a -22.

The score was good enough to win the Sanderson Farms. But although Burns should be the favorite, it’s tough to back him at the odds. The chalk rarely wins a PGA Tournament. It’s just tough to go back-to-back in the PGA. Heck, it’s tough to win two tournaments during a career. Also, nine players were within 3 strokes of Burns when he won the Sanderson. The favorite looks like a play against.

Which player among Smith, Im, Koepka, Scott and Finau offers the most value?

It’s difficult seeing Koepka or Finau turning around their form. Brooks, especially, hasn’t played well. Finau hasn’t played much better but at least Finau shows a couple of Top 50 finishes in last couple.

Both are plays against from this group. Sungjae Im shot a +3 at the 2020 Houston Open. Im won the Shriners Children’s Hospital, though, and he finished a respectable thirty-first at the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Adam Scott shot a -1 at this tournament. Scott could be on the verge of playing a great tournament. He finished thirty-fifth at the Shriners and fifth at the CJ Cup. Cameron Smith has a shot. But Smith offers worse odds than either Im or Scott. So if you’re looking to play a golfer from this group, consider Sungjae Im or Adam Scott.

Name the player at odds between +3300 and +5000 who can win the Houston Open?

Talor Gooch shot a fantastic -9 at the 2020 Houston Open. Gooch is definitely worth a look. The odds might make Talor an overlay because he finished fourth at the Fortinet Championship in mid-September.

The other play in this odds range is Tyrrell Hatton. The 30-year-old Englishman shot a -7 at the 2020 Houston Open. Hatton’s form might be turning around. Tyrrell finished eighteenth at the CJ Cup in mid-October. So give Hatton a big shot.

Are there any players not listed who can take home the Houston Open trophy?

On NitroBetting, 2019 winner Lanto Griffin is at +7000. Sepp Straka, who finished fifth at least year’s tournament, offers +12500 odds. Griffin finished sixty-sixth at the Fortinet Championship. Before that, he missed the cut at the Sanderson Farms.

Straka has missed the cut in three straight: the Shriners, the Sanderson Farms, and the Fortinet, which is why Straka offers much higher odds. Griffin is the better play, but if you’re taking a massively big swing, consider Straka. Neither should win, but at the odds, we shouldn’t expect much. So go for it if you believe Lanto or Sepp has a puncher’s chance.

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