While the Masters gets the majority of attention in the early days of the PGA Tour season, sharp sports bettors would be wise to examine the results of the tournament that precedes it: the Shell Houston Open.
This year it was Russell Henley, who cashed at a profitable +2800 for bettors. Henley did not participate in the 2016 Masters but finished in 21st place at Augusta in 2015.
Over the past decade, there’s a mixed bag of perennial major contenders and players who are far from household names in this spot. Some of the Tour’s top golfers tend to skip the Shell Houston Open in order to rest up for Augusta, but you’d think entering Georgia with momentum would be working in that players’ favor.
Only Anthony Kim in 2010 was able to place in the top 10 after winning the Shell Houston Open, with Hunter Mahan in 2012 and Stuart Appleby in 2006 finishing in the top 20.
In fact, the past three champions in Houston – Jim Herman, J.B. Holmes and Matt Jones – ended up missing the cut altogether at the vaunted course.
It’s safe to say Henley (+8000 to win the Masters at Bovada) is going to be in tough to buck this trend. Take a look at these numbers for more info, and check out our Masters betting preview for more info on how oddsmakers are projecting the tournament to unfold.
|Golfer||Shell Houston Open Winning Year||Shell Houston Open Score||Masters Finish||Masters Score|
|Jim Herman||2016||-15||Missed cut||+9|
|J.B. Holmes||2015||-16||Missed cut||+3|
|Matt Jones||2014||-15||Missed cut||+6|
|D.A. Points||2013||-16||Tied for 38th||+4|
|Hunter Mahan||2012||-16||Tied for 12th||-2|
|Phil Mickelson||2011||-20||Tied for 27th||-1|
|Paul Casey||2009||-11||Tied for 20th||-2|
|Johnson Wagner||2008||-16||Tied for 36th||+7|
|Adam Scott||2007||-17||Tied for 27th||+12|
|Stuart Appleby||2006||-19||Tied for 19th||+2|