2012 PGA Shell Houston Open Odds To Win: Mickelson & Westwood Favored

2012 PGA Shell Houston Open Odds To Win: Mickelson & Westwood Favored

2012 PGA Shell Houston Open Odds To Win: Mickelson & Westwood Favored    
By Drew Sharper

HUMBLE, TX (TheSpread) – The final tune-up prior to the Masters is the 2012 Shell Houston Open, which gets started on Thursday. Here is a look at the odds for this event.

According to oddsmakers, Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson are the favorites to win this event as each has 19/2 odds to win. Other short odds to win are Charl Schwartzel (29/2) and Keegan Bradley (29/2).

Mickelson is the defending champion of this event and he is 15th in the world rankings. He has finished in the top 26 in four of his last five events, but has just two top 10’s in his last eight outings.

Westwood is the third in the world rankings, best of anyone in the field this week. He has placed in the top 5 in three of his last four outings and he hasn’t finished worse than 29th in his last 15 tournaments. He placed eighth in this tournament in 2010.

Schwartzel is seventh in the world rankings. He is coming off a missed cut, which snapped a string of five-straight tournaments in which he placed 17th or better. He placed 30th in this event last year.

Bradley is 20th in the world rankings, but he has been Mr. Consistency this year, finished 22nd or better in every tournament. He has finished in the top 20 in 11 of his last 12 tournaments overall with two top 10’s.

The PGA Shell Houston Open takes place from Thursday, March 29 to Sunday, April 1 from Redstone GC-The Tournament Course in Humble, Texas. For complete odds for each golfer to win the PGA Shell Houston Open, see below.

2012 PGA Shell Houston Open Odds to Win

Lee Westwood 19/2
Phil Mickelson 19/2
Keegan Bradley 29/2
Charl Schwartzel 29/2
Steve Stricker 37/2
Graeme McDowell 19/1
Hunter Mahan 24/1
Ernie Els 25/1
Aaron Baddeley 33/1
John Senden 35/1
Kyle Stanley 35/1
Johnson Wagner 37/1
Henrik Stenson 40/1
Anders Hansen 42/1
YE Yang 43/1
Ryan Moore 43/1
Bud Cauley 43/1
Rickie Fowler 43/1
Peter Hanson 43/1
Louis Oosthuizen 43/1
Spencer Levin 45/1
Robert Allenby 45/1
Bryce Molder 49/1
Sean OHair 49/1
John Rollins 51/1
Camilo Villegas 51/1
Charley Hoffman 51/1
Chris Kirk 51/1
Harris English 51/1
Cameron Tringale 51/1
Fredrik Jacobson 53/1
Jeff Overton 53/1
Padraig Harrington 53/1
Ben Crane 53/1
Thomas Bjorn 57/1
Lucas Glover 57/1
Ryan Palmer 57/1
Pat Perez 59/1
John Mallinger 59/1
Seung-Yul Noh 59/1
Kevin Streelman 59/1
Chris Stroud 59/1
Scott Piercy 59/1
Brendan Steele 59/1
Brendon De Jonge 59/1
Marc Leishman 59/1
Brian Davis 65/1
Nick Ohern 65/1
Jhonattan Vegas 67/1
Michael Thompson 67/1
Carl Pettersson 67/1
Angel Cabrera 67/1
Paul Casey 69/1
DA Points 69/1
Matt Every 71/1
Steve Marino 75/1
Jimmy Walker 81/1
JB Holmes 81/1
Andres Romero 83/1
Anthony Kim 83/1
Vaughn Taylor 83/1
Stuart Appleby 83/1
Kevin Stadler 83/1
Kevin Chappell 83/1
Tom Gillis 83/1
Chad Campbell 83/1
Ricky Barnes 87/1
Fred Couples 87/1
Brandt Jobe 87/1
DJ Trahan 87/1
Harrison Frazar 95/1
Stewart Cink 119/1
Jason Kokrak 119/1
Brian Harman 119/1
Ben Curtis 119/1
Davis Love III 119/1
Scott Verplank 119/1
John Huh 119/1
Kris Blanks 121/1
Danny Lee 121/1
Ted Potter Jr 121/1
Chris Couch 131/1
Chris DiMarco 131/1
Daniel Summerhays 131/1
Darren Clarke 131/1
Will Claxton 131/1
William Mcgirt 131/1
Heath Slocum 131/1
James Driscoll 131/1
Jason Bohn 131/1
Jeff Maggert 131/1
John Merrick 131/1
Josh Teater 131/1
Justin Leonard 131/1
Boo Weekley 131/1
Rod Pampling 131/1
Cameron Beckman 133/1
Ryuji Imada 133/1
Nathan Green 133/1
Bill Lunde 133/1
Michael Bradley 133/1
Matt Bettencourt 133/1
Mark Anderson 133/1
Sunghoon Kang 133/1
Tim Herron 133/1
Tom Pernice Jr 133/1
David Hearn 133/1
Brendon Todd 133/1
Troy Matteson 133/1
Roland Thatcher 133/1
Bobby Gates 133/1
Erik Compton 133/1
Graham Delaet 133/1
Greg Owen 133/1
Hunter Haas 133/1
JJ Henry 133/1
JJ Killeen 133/1
Jamie Lovemark 133/1
Joe Ogilvie 133/1
Jonas Blixt 133/1
Blake Adams 133/1
Arjun Atwal 137/1
Bob Estes 147/1
Alex Cejka 153/1
Billy Mayfair 153/1
Tommy Gainey 169/1
Martin Flores 204/1
Colt Knost 269/1
Roberto Castro 269/1
Lonny Alexander 629/1
Richard H Lee 629/1
Kyle Reifers 629/1
Duffy Waldorf 629/1
Miguel Angel Carballo 629/1
Scott Mccarron 629/1
David Mathis 629/1
Troy Kelly 629/1
Billy Hurley III 629/1
Derek Lamely 629/1

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Re: 2012 PGA Shell Houston Open Odds To Win: Mickelson & Westwood Favored

Shell Houston Open Betting
By Matt Fargo

The Shell Houston Open is the final tuneup before the Masters next week and while a pre-Major event usually lacks in quality, it is not the case this week. This is the sixth consecutive year that the SHO has preceded the Masters and the course itself has undergone changes to make it a true tuneup of Augusta National. This is one of the reasons why the field is as potent as it is and even though it is far from the real thing, it is a good practice week for some.

Redstone Golf Club has hosted this event since 2003 and was ranked as the 24th hardest course on tour last year. You won’t see blooming azaleas and there is no Hogan Bridge or Butler Cabin but Redstone’s course conditions do help in preparations for next week. Heavy rye overseeded fairways and bentgrass/rye combination greens are very quick. The rough is light and banks around greens and water hazards are shaved, creating many of the same tight, quick conditions you get at Augusta.

This is another strong field this week and that has been the case in recent years. Two of the world’s top ten are teeing it up this week as well as five of the OWGR top 20. The only U.S. top ten player is Steve Stricker while Hunter Mahan and Phil Mickelson round out the top 20 Americans. In addition, there are 15 former Major winners teeing it up including three of last year's winners, Charl Schwartzel, Darren Clarke and Keegan Bradley. Seven former Shell Houston Open champions are also in the field.

Winner beware. It has been 33 years since the winner of the Shell Houston Open has also won the Masters which was last done in 1978 by Gary Player. And only twice has any player won the previous week in any event and then won the Masters. The course is long so it is no surprise that Redstone has shown a lean towards the big hitters. However, precision is always key and hitting greens is a must. Those greens are relatively big so consistency in hitting them in regulation will produce plenty of birdie opportunities.

Defending his championship will be Phil Mickelson (+1,200) who finished at -20, which was the lowest winning score ever at Redstone, three shots clear of Chris Kirk and Scott Verplank. He tied the course record with a Saturday 63 and he heads into this year's version in about the same form as the start to the year has been inconsistent despite a win at Pebble Beach.

The favorite this week is Lee Westwood (+1,000) who is coming off a T29 at the Cadillac Championship, his first finish outside the top 20 in his last seven worldwide starts. He has been very solid at the SHO with finishes of T11, T8 and T30 the last three years. He has never missed the cut at Redstone in four appearances and he will likely be in the hunt come Sunday.

Hunter Mahan (+2,000) has not done much since his win at the Accenture Match Play Championship and he is coming off a disappointing T42 last week at Bay Hill. He has been in contention quite often at Redstone however as over the last six years he has missed the cut only twice while finishing T11 in 2006, T5 in 2007, T6 in 2009 and T8 last year. Expect a bounce back this week.

Graeme McDowell (+2,500) is getting some excellent value this week as if not for Tiger Woods last week, he would have won at Bay Hill. Prior to that, he finished T13 at the Cadillac Championship and T9 at the Honda Classic so he seems to be back following a disappointing 2011 season where he logged just one top 20 in his last 13 PGA Tour events. His last start here was in 2006.

Johnson Wagner (+3,000) is no longer flying under the radar and rightfully so. The moustache is still in place and there is no reason to shave it now after a win at the Sony Open, a T2 at the Humana Challenge the following week and then a T4 at Bay Hill last week. He finished T36 at Redstone last year which followed a 71st and an MC the previous two years but he won this event in 2008.

It was 2008 when Padraig Harrington (+5,000) won two Majors and it is hard to believe he has not won over here since then. His last start was at the Transitions where he fired an opening round 61 and finished T20 which was his second best finish since a T7 at Pebble Beach. He has never missed the cut at Redstone which is a good sign and his T8 last year was his best ever finish, a better sign.

Recommended Tournament Win Five Pack at the Shell Houston Open (all for One Unit)

Lee Westwood (+1,000)

Hunter Mahan (+2,000)

Graeme McDowell (+2,500)

Johnson Wagner (+3,000)

Padraig Harrington (+5,000)

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2012 Shell Houston Open Predictions
By Steve Janus
Betfirms.com

The PGA Tour finished up the Florida Swing with Tiger Woods capturing his first win since the end of the 2009 season. Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a 13-under 257, five shots ahead of runner-up, Graeme McDowell. While Woods will take the week off to get ready for the Masters, the PGA TOUR will make its annual stop in Humble, Texas for the Shell Houston Open.

This is the last stop before the first major of the season. A lot of golfers like to take the week off to make sure they are mentally and physically ready to play their best at Augusta, while others use this event as a stepping stone for the first major of the season.

The Shell Houston Open is played at Redstone Golf Club, which has a lot of similarities to Augusta. Redstone is one of the longer tracks on the schedule. At 7,457 yards, it is just 32 yards longer than Augusta.  If you are going to score low at Redstone, you must be able to hit  greens in regulation, scramble for pars, and take advantage of birdie opportunities on the par 5s. This long track favors the big hitters who excel at hitting a lot of greens. In 2010, Anthony Kim won this event with a 12-under 276, despite hitting a field-worst 23-percent of the fairways in regulation.

There are plenty of big names in action this week. Most notably, defending champion, Phil Mickelson. Last year, Mickelson shot a course-record 20-under thanks to a remarkable 63 on Saturday and 65 on Sunday. For those of you looking to place a wager on who will win this week, here is a quick look at the three golfers I feel have a great shot at bringing home the trophy.

Ernie Els – Els comes into this event off back-to-back top five finishes in the last two weeks. After finishing fifth at the Transitions Championship, Els brought home a 4th place finish last week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. There will be a lot of attention on Els this week. He has to win this event to qualify for a spot in the Masters. Els comes in ranked 29th in green in regulation. He has the distance and accuracy off the tee to put himself in the right situations to make birdies. Add in how well he has played over the last couple events, and you can see why he I believe he will be right there with a chance to win on Sunday.

Steve Stricker – Here is a guy that really fits the mold for what we are looking for at Redstone. Stricker is one of the best iron players on TOUR. He currently ranks 5th in greens in regulation and 2nd in scrambling. He is No. 1 in birdie average and to no surprise, he has really played well at Redstone in the past. In his five starts at this course, he has four finishes inside the top 11, including a tie for 4th last year.

Charl Schwartzel – Schwartzel came out of no where to win the Masters in 2011, and he has a strong history of playing well at Redstone.  Schwartzel finished tied for 3rd at this event in 2010, just one shot back of Kim and Vaughn Taylor. He has finished under par in six of his last eight rounds played at Redstone. I have a good feeling Schwartzel is ready to turn up the heat and come out and play extremely well this weekend.

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