It’s only one week to go before The Masters and the Shell Houston Open is always a great curtain raiser. The organizers try and set up the Golf Club of Houston in a way that will prepare the players for challenge awaiting at Augusta. This week’s course measures 7, 441 yards and plays as a par 72. The greens are a big factor this week and will be stimping at 13 and above. This should help those playing in the years first major next week. The greens at Augusta have been compared to glass. Slick and ready to roll on, they can ruin a round that has seen the best ball striking. Last year’s winner Jim Herman is back to defend the title he won. Herman beat Stenson to it and in doing so recorded his first ever PGA Tour win. An incredibly strong field has assembled this week with four of the top 10 in the world playing and ten of the top 25 globally competing. The excitement is building with less than a week to go before the best in the world take a trip up Magnolia Lane. Who will lay down a marker for the rest of the field? All will be revealed at the Shell Houston Open this week.
Jon Rahm (+1000 BetOnline.ag)
Jon Rahm is one of the most exciting prospects the game has to offer. The powerful Spaniard is coming off a superb second place finish last week at the WGC Match Play. Only losing out to an inspired Dustin Johnson. Rahm has already won on the PGA Tour this year and at 22 years old, is one of the best players around. The setup in Houston this week may well suit him down to the ground. If he brings in the momentum from last week’s event then there is a strong chance he will be able to take top honors.
Justin Rose (+1800 BetOnline.ag)
The Olympic gold medalist finished in the top 15 for the Arnold Palmer Invitational two weeks ago and looks likely to put in another good performance this week. Rose is always competitive and will be looking to find the rythym that has made him so successful in the past. Expect to see a rejuvenated Justin Rose this week.
Jason Dufner (+5000 BetOnline.ag)
The former major winner looks to be making a return to form. He played beautifully at the Valspar Championship and finished in 11th place. If Jason Dufner can find his confidence again he will be right in the mix this weekend.
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