PGA: Houston Open Betting Preview

The PGA Tour shifts to the next event in Texas this week for the Houston Open. This will be the final tour event before the Masters. 

With that being said, this event is a mixed bag in terms of top-level talent, with players wanting to either rest or gain some momentum before playing the Masters. 

The Houston Open will be played at Memorial Park Golf Course in Houston. The total purse for this year’s Houston Open is at $7 million, with $1.26 million guaranteed to the winner of this event.

Betting Overview

The world No. 1, Dustin Johnson, is back on top of the odds board after having to take time off for several weeks due to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. It also was difficult to jump back in with the way the schedule has been lately. 

Lanto Griffin comes in as the defending Houston Open champion with some surprising odds. He played well with a 14-under par in 2019 to win the tournament by one stroke. However, he has been on and off a lot of odds boards in the top 10. 

Dunkel Index For This Event

The Dunkel Index is showing these top 10 golfers that could win this event. The top 10 are:

  • Dustin Johnson 8.883
  • Tyrell Hatton -8.163
  • Tony Finau -8.407
  • Russell Henley -10.113
  • Adam Scott -10.141
  • Francesco Molinari -12.856
  • Zach Johnson -13.462
  • Viktor Hovland -13.579
  • Lanto Griffin -13.820
  • Scottie Scheffler -14.174

Top Picks That Could Win

Dustin Johnson (8.883)

As the No. 1 golfer and a scoring average of 67.164 over his career, this man will be difficult to beat. He has his eyes set on the Masters, but he will need to be disciplined here, especially after returning from his illness. 

Tony Finau (-8.407)

The 17th-ranked world golfer has been somewhat inconsistent lately with his level of play. His scoring average is not far from Johnson’s, coming in at 68.953. 

Finau has only one top 10 appearance so far this year. Last year, he had seven top 10 finishes, with a few almost being winners. 

Francesco Molinari (-12.856)

Molinari has been a fan favorite for betting odds lately for bettors that want a huge payday. Indeed, he is being cast as the dark horse for this event. As the 81st-ranked golfer with a scoring average at 71.909, he will need to be in top form here. 

He placed fifth at the Masters in 2019 and has had some decent rounds since then. However, he has not performed well of late. 

Potential Winner Of This Event 

Dustin Johnson (8.883)

Johnson will be very difficult to beat. He only has one top 10 finish so far, though he has not played much. Last year, he had seven top 10 finishes, and this one would be an excellent stepping stone to the Masters. 

Here are the complete Dunkel ratings for this week’s event. Golfer ratings are based on past performance.

1D. Johnson8.883
2T. Hatton-8.163
3T. Finau-8.407
4R. Henley-10.113
5A. Scott-10.141
6F. Molinari-12.856
7Z. Johnson-13.462
8V. Hovland-13.579
9L. Griffin-13.820
10S. Scheffler-14.174
11S. Garcia-14.321
12H. Matsuyama-14.635
13P. Harrington-15.005
14B. Koepka-15.009
15C. Davis-15.038
16A. Cook-15.110
17E. Van Rooyen-15.135
18L. Westwood-15.274
19SW Kim-15.600
20M. Hughes-15.721
21B. Harman-15.734
22M. NeSmith-15.926
23S. Cink-16.086
24M. Laird-16.123
25S. Im-16.188
26A. Noren-16.398
27J. Huh-16.632
28T. Gooch-16.668
29K. Streelman-16.679
30C. Connors-16.745
31H. Stenson-17.178
32B. Snedeker-17.668
33D. Redman-17.771
34D. Frittelli-17.815
35S. Burns-17.906
36JT Poston-18.103
37T. Hoge-18.117
38P. Kizzire-18.163
39B. Gay-18.237
40CT Pan-18.239
41H. Higgs-18.270
42W. Clark-18.334
43T. Duncan-18.413
44H. Varner III-18.499
45C. Schwartzel-18.582
46D. McCarthy-18.619
47R. Sabbatini-18.698
48C. Kirk-18.714
49J. Day-18.772
50E. Grillo-18.803
51K. Chappell-18.892
52S. Piercy-19.025
53S. Lowry-19.058
54K. Bradley-19.141
55M. Hubbard-19.170
56J. Spieth-19.206
57A. Schenk-19.230
58J. Harding-19.450
59O. Schniederjans-19.500
60C. Tringale-19.664
61M. Jones-19.792
62C. Ortiz-19.904
63N. Lashley-19.942
64R. Shelton-20.046
65A. Landry-20.092
66P. Mickelson-20.323
67D. Willett-20.498
68S. Straka-20.661
69J. Hahn-20.672
70G. McDowell-20.936
71B. Hossler-20.967
72A. Putnam-21.000
73XJ Zhang-21.083
74L. Glover-21.216
75S. Kodaira-21.339
76D. Hearn-21.354
77K. Ventura-21.466
78J. Walker-21.511
79S. Stallings-21.574
80D. Lee-21.688
81M. McNealy-22.032
82S. O’Hair-22.190
83B, Garnett-22.324
84A. Wise-22.385
85R. Knox-22.738
86M. Homa-22.951
87S. Ryder-22.992
88G. Murray-23.252
89R. Armour-23.277
90T. Merritt-23.306
91W. Gordon-23.436
92H. Norlander-23.771
93KJ Choi-23.785
94A. Long-23.832
95J. Dufner-24.241
96H. Swafford-24.420
97T. Lewis-24.427
98T. Potter Jr-24.452
99P. Perez-24.474
100L. List-24.668
101M. Thompson-24.980
102V. Taylor-25.000
103K. Tway-25.182
104C. Villegas-25.275
105K. Mitchell-25.288
106G. Chalmers-25.487
107B. Stuard-25.536
108B. Grace-25.759
109S. Kang-26.230
110P. Rodgers-26.460
111C. Hoffman-26.496
112S. Brown-26.579
113DA Points-26.635
114J. Lovemark-26.723
115L. Donald-26.798
116D. Van Der Walt-26.926
117S. Harrington-26.946
118K. Kraft-27.215
119B. Hoag-27.386
120J. Vegas-27.749
121G. DeLaet-28.243
122KH Lee-28.408
123M. Kim-29.245
124B. Van Pelt-29.247
125H. Mahan-29.896
126M. Trainer-29.913
127B. Willman-30.126
128K. Hogan-30.197
129K. Stadler-31.085