Houston Open 2024 Golf Preview, Odds, Predictions, Betting Picks

Wyndham ClarkThe PGA Tour switches from Florida down to Texas for the Houston Open 2024 as the circuit gets closer to the first major of the year. The US Masters is just two weeks away, so the competition gets stronger with top players looking to build momentum heading into the big event.

The Houston Open is this week’s tournament and it made its debut on the Tour in 1946. The event dropped off the schedule last year but it is back for 2024 with a field that includes the world number one and the reigning US Open Champion.

Last week at the Valspar Championship we claimed a nice overall profit thanks to two successful top 10 finish picks. Cameron Young and Adam Hadwin delivered at +300 and +450, respectively, so let’s see if we can keep our excellent recent run going with our Houston Open predictions and betting picks for this preview.

Leading the way at the top of the betting this week is Scottie Scheffler, who won the Players Championship two weeks ago. The world number one rested up last week and returns to take his place as the clear favorite at best industry odds of just 11/4. Scheffler has won each of his last two events and tied for second in this tournament in 2021. As he finished behind Jason Kokrak two years ago, Scottie also set a new course record of 62, so it is looking ominous for his rivals.

A big gap opens up from the favorite to US Open Champion Wyndham Clark who is listed at a top price of 12/1. Clark finished in a tie for second behind Scheffler at the Players two weeks ago and he was the winner of the Pebble Beach Pro Am earlier this year.

Next are Will Zalatoris and Sahith Theegala at 22/1, followed by Tony Finau and Jason Day at 25/1. Finau is the defending champion this week, after winning the Houston Open by four strokes when it was last held in 2022. The lengthy course suits his game, and he is one to watch again.

Zalatoris is rediscovering form after an injury setback, while Theegala is also in good touch following his tie for ninth at the Players. Others to consider include Si Woo Kim at 33/1, and Alex Noren at 35/1. Noren ranks highly in relevant stats coming into Thursday, and he tied for fourth at the last Houston Open in 2022.

The underdogs in the odds with the US sports betting sites are led this week by a clutch of players at the same best odds of 50/1. Keith Mitchell, Stephan Jaeger, Beau Hossler, Tom Hoge and Aaron Rai can all be found at that figure in places. Mitchell was in contention for much of the Valspar Championship last week, while Hoge ranks first on Tour for par 3 scoring, and has other useful stats coming into Thursday. Jaeger lost his way during the Florida Swing, but was in good touch prior to that and he tied for ninth in the Houston Open in 2022.

Next are Kurt Kitayama and Billy Horschel at 55/1, followed by Jake Knapp at 60/1. Horschel was previously a Houston Open runner-up, but you have to go back to 2013 for his tie for second behind D.A. Points.

Other names to mention in this longshot section include Mackenzie Hughes at 66/1, Taylor Moore at 75/1, Luke List at 80/1, Akshay Bhatia at 80/1, Ryan Fox at 100/1 and last week’s winner Peter Malnati who is out at a tempting 125/1.

Our 2024 Houston Open Preview’s Course & Betting Trends with Predictions & Picks Verdict

The Houston Open is held at the Memorial Park Municipal Golf Course in Harris County. It is a par 70, but it is not a regulation course, as it packs serious length at over 7,400 yards. Distance off the tee has been an important stat here, but it is worth noting that Tony Finau ranked first for driving accuracy when he won in 2022. Greens in Regulation and Strokes Gained: Putting have also been crucial in the last three editions.

Since the tournament began in 1946, multiple wins have been rare. Curtis Strange and Vijay Singh hold the overall record with three wins each, while the last golfer to secure a second Houston Open win was Stuart Appleby in 2006.

It is another week when it is tough to see past Scottie Scheffler who, even by his high standards, is in the form of his life. He is in a weaker field than the Players but there is one man who has driven him close in recent weeks. Wyndham Clark has only been beaten by Scheffler in each of his last two outings and if he maintains his own form, he has the game to succeed. This preview has added some additional top 10 finish picks to round up the betting predictions, which are:

  • Wyndham Clark to win at +1400 (14/1) with BetOnline. He is 12/1 with Bovada and EveryGame.
  • Top 10 Finish Betting Picks (all prices with BetOnline, who are best odds): Wyndham Clark (+140), Sahith Theegala (+220), Stephan Jaeger (+400) and Billy Horschel (+500).