Preview: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open

Time to make more memories at Memorial Park in year two.

Yes, the Houston Open has been around forever but not at this track.

No defending champion to worry about but 21 of the top 50 OWGR teeing it up this week.

2021 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open

Memorial Park Golf Course

Houston

Yards (per official scorecard):7,412
Par:70 (35-35)
Greens:Mini Verde Bermuda; 7,000 square feet on average.
Stimpmeter:Around 12 feet.
Rough:419 Bermuda at 2.25 inches.
Bunkers/Water Hazards17/2 (in play on 4 holes)
Architects:John Bredemus (1936); Tom Doak (2019)
Purse:$7.5 million ($1.35 winner) plus 500 FedExCup points.
Defending Champion (event):Carlos Ortiz (-13).
Fact of the Week:Brooks Koepka was the player design consultant.
Fact of the Week II:There are three Par-5 holes and five Par-3 holes.
Fact of the Week III:63 is the tournament course record set by 3 players on Sunday last year.

Notes:

  • Field of 132
  • Top 65 and ties play the final two rounds

2021-2022 Season Winners

EventWinner
Fortinet ChampionshipMax Homa
Sanderson Farms ChampionshipSam Burns
Shriners Children’s OpenSungjae Im
CJ CUP @ SUMMITRory McIlroy
ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIPHideki Matsuyama
Bermuda ChampionshipLucas Herbert (first TOUR win)
Mayakoba ChampionshipViktor Hovland

Check out HORSES FOR COURSES for more details on those who play well here.

Event Winners:

Calendar Year/Player/ScoreNotes
2020 – Carlos Ortiz, -13  Held off Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama for his first TOUR victory.

Last Week – World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba.

Or just Mayakoba.

It’s easier. We know where it is and what’s going on.

Chalk – 30-1 or better

Justin Thomas (+1400): On paper and in theory, I always like him. I like him more as he’s won on Paspalum back in the day at CIMB. He also kills most courses he plays and the Sony Open correlates this week. Posted T12 with 62 in Round 2 last year. Solo third.

Abraham Ancer (+1800): Home country advantage like Matsuyama has me interested. As my OAD, it’s not hard to see why. I love that he’s already won and had did so defeating a WGC field. Sky is the limit. 3 way action, win, Top 10 and Top 20. Picked up T7 so I pick up two winners.

Viktor Hovland (+2000): He’s won twice, both on Paspalum, so he should be comfy this week. GIR machine will defend for the first time and that’s always interesting with added attention before the first tee time. Nothing seems to bother him though. Nope, repeat champ. Nice payday if you were on board. Shame I wasn’t.

Tony Finau (+2800): Like Hovland he’s won on Paspalum in Puerto Rico so he’s comfy on this surface (check HFC). Knocked the rust off with a visit to The Summit Club last month (T45) and should be ready to go. Cashed three times here and nothing worse than T16. 3 way action here as well. STOP PLAYING FINAU ON EASY COURSES. T45.

Scottie Scheffler (+3000): Last two top 10 paydays were The Open and US Open so I’m not sure if this event will have his full attention. Solo fourth with a 70 on the card.

33-1 or Worse

Billy Horschel (+3300): Won the BMW at Wentworth in September so he has the taste. He’s 43-under the last three years with T5 and T8 the last two. Opened with 64 and faded to T33.

Brooks Koepka (+3300): Love the price, as always, when it drifts north of 20-1. As always, his focus in these events is questionable at best. Last top 10 was seven events ago and in a major no less. We’ll both kick ourselves when he wins so you better stick a tenner on him just in case haha. Even par, MC.

Patrick Reed (+3500): Made three doubles last week and lost by a shot. Will the Ball-Striking carry over? I know the putting will… It did not. T56.

Aaron Wise (+3500): Absolutely love him this week but this number isn’t lovable. His course form is fire. His current form is fire. Plus he’s #TrendingAF. T15 with another solid account.

Russell Henley (+4000): When he’s in the mood, going low is not an issue. Can’t shoot 76 any round when 23-under is the winning score. T56.

Shane Lowry (+4000): Shouldn’t take him very long to figure out how to get it around a resort course. Fantastic 2021. MC because of course.

Sergio Garcia (+5000): If veterans do well here, let’s play some veterans. Opened with 64 and cashed T7.

Funny Money

Alex Noren (+6000) – T45

Emiliano Grillo (+6600) – MC

Russell Knox (+6600) – MC broke a streak of 8 straight here

Matt Kuchar (+10000) – T22

Adam Long (+10000) – T22

Henrik Stenson (+10000) – MC

Hudson Swafford (+175000) – T33

JJ Spaun (+20000) – T27 after beginning Sunday T5. Ouch, babe…

Sam Ryder (+20000) –  MC

This Week – Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open

No trash cans to bang on for information this week, sadly.

The first muni of the season takes center stage as Memorial Park hosts for the second year in a row. Interesting to see that both munis (Torrey Pines) played as some of the toughest tracks on TOUR last year.

Year two should be easier in the simple sense that over half of the field played last season and will have a point of reference. Don’t forget these fellas don’t need much time to crack the code.

I’d expect scoring to be lower this year but not incredibly so. The weather in Texas usually contains a bit of breeze so that will factor in as well.

Chalk – 30-1 or better

Sam Burns (+1400): Should have won last year but couldn’t hold the 36 and 54 hole lead. First time ever in that position and went on to do it again multiple times as the season wore on. He’s won and finished second in his last six on TOUR and his worst during that stretch is T21. You’ll pay for it, rightfully so, this week. Oh, and it’s a home game for the Louisiana native. Top 10, Top 20.

Scottie Scheffler (+1800): Texan won’t have any problem in the wind. Led the field in GIR last week. Also played here last year and has a point of reference. 3 way action.

Sungjae Im (+2500): In a vacuum, yeah, let’s go. He’s taken three weeks off so a bit of rust won’t be surprising. Enters T9-WIN in his last two. I’ll pop T20 heavy and hopefully not have to sweat at all.

Cameron Smith (+2500): Like Im hasn’t played since Summit where they shared 9th. Played fantastically this time last year as Aussie summer has begun. Top 10. Top 20.

Brooks Koepka (+2800): Just taunting you with this number, the 65-65 close last year, the impending Thanksgiving match with DeChambeau…Two angles: Buy the last year and prep for the match or remember he just doesn’t GAF about non-major-ish activities.  

Tony Finau (+2800): Hasn’t taken on the freedom I thought he would have found after winning at LIBBITY NATIONAL OK. On paper, this looks like a perfect track for him, hard, long, a bit nasty. T24 last year but his form overall was better.

Tyrrell Hatton (+3000): Knocked the rust off in Mexico and should return to form this week. Another top 10 here.

Adam Scott (+3000): Only man to win the Texas grand slam and was T5 at Summit. Should have won Wyndham in August so there’s something cooking here. Number is interesting in this field but recent results play a factor in that. I’ll ride a top 20.

Joaquin Niemann (+3000): Making cuts hasn’t been the issue as he’s at 13 straight. Only one top 10 (non-Olympic division) in that stretch and it was last week. Ride the heat or the class above?

33-1 or Worse

Matthew Wolff (+3300): This number feels like “I know something you don’t know”. He was T2 GIR and FWY last week and posted 61 and 65. He was 2nd at Shriners and didn’t make anything on Sunday. I feel like I’m being trapped here but I’M A SUCKER. Top 10. Top 20.

Aaron Wise (+3300): T15 last week continues his excellent form. T11 here last year points to converging trends. Only win was in Texas at Trinity Forest. Seven straight T26 or better suggests Top 20 money again this week.

Talor Gooch (+3300): Now you will start to pay for T11-T5-T11-T4 in his last four starts. Solo fourth last year didn’t drive that number up either haha.

Shane Lowry (+4000): Knocked off the rust last week with two rounds par or better (-2) but MC. His 2021 has been stellar and playing two weeks in a row tells me everything I need to know. 3 way action.

Patrick Reed (+4500): Back to Bermuda and a home game. Top 10. Top 20. Skinny win ticket after T2 in Bermuda.

Max Homa (+6000): The tougher track, the better. Top 20.

Ian Poulter (+9000): Grinder extraordinaire.

Funny Money

Cam Davis (+11000)

Ryan Palmer (+11000)

Danny Willett (+15000)

Martin Laird (+15000)

Aaron Rai (+15000)

Wyndham Clark (+15000)

JJ Spaun (+16000)

Dylan Frittelli (+17500)

Andrew Landry (+20000)

Trey Mullinax (+20000)

Sung Kang (+30000)

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out through Twitter or email me mikeglasscott@gmail.com.

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