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2014 PGA Shell Houston Open Odds To Win: Rory McIlroy Favored

2014 PGA Shell Houston Open Odds To Win: Rory McIlroy Favored

2014 PGA Shell Houston Open Odds To Win: Rory McIlroy Favored   
By Drew Sharper   

HUMBLE, TX (TheSpread) – The final even before The Masters is this week’s Shell Houston Open. Here is a look at the odds to win this tournament.

According to oddsmakers from, Rory McIlroy is favored to win this event, as he has 9/1 odds. Other short odds to win are Dustin Johnson (14/1) and Henrik Stenson (16/1).

McIlroy is seventh in the latest rankings. He has finished in the top 10 in three of this five tournaments he has played in this year, placing no worse than 25th in any of them. He finished 45th in this tournament last year and hasn’t played in a number of weeks.

Johnson is 10th in the world rankings. He has had a good start to 2014, finishing in the top 6 in four of the five events he has played in. He has been off for nearly a month coming into this tournament. He finished fourth in this event last year.

Stenson is third in the latest world rankings. He is coming off his best performance of the season, placing fifth at the Arnold Palmer Invite two weeks ago. He has missed two cuts this year and has just one top 10. He finished second in this event last year.

The PGA Shell Houston Open takes place April 3-6 from the Golf Club of Houston. For a look at the odds to win this golf tournament, see below.

Bet on PGA Shell Houston Open Odds

2014 PGA Shell Houston Open Odds To Win

Rory McIlroy 9/1
Dustin Johnson 14/1
Henrik Stenson 16/1
Jordan Spieth 22/1
Keegan Bradley 22/1
Matt Kuchar 22/1
Phil Mickelson 22/1
Sergio Garcia 22/1
Hunter Mahan 28/1
Bill Haas 33/1
Charl Schwartzel 33/1
Graham Delaet 33/1
Jimmy Walker 33/1
Luke Donald 40/1
Webb Simpson 40/1
Chris Kirk 50/1
Ian Poulter 50/1
Jason Kokrak 50/1
Steve Stricker 50/1
Louis Oosthuizen 55/1
Charles Howell III 66/1
Charley Hoffman 66/1
Fredrik Jacobson 66/1
Lee Westwood 66/1
Rickie Fowler 66/1
Ryan Palmer 66/1
Brendan Steele 80/1
Cameron Tringale 80/1
Carl Pettersson 80/1
Chris Stroud 80/1
Daniel Summerhays 80/1
Kevin Chappell 80/1
Kevin Streelman 80/1
Nick Watney 80/1
Ryo Ishikawa 80/1
J.B. Holmes 90/1
Paul Casey 90/1
Aaron Baddeley 100/1
Brendon De Jonge 100/1
Brendon Todd 100/1
Brian Davis 100/1
Brian Harman 100/1
David Hearn 100/1
Ernie Els 100/1
Geoff Ogilvy 100/1
Jonas Blixt 100/1
Kevin Stadler 100/1
Luke Guthrie 100/1
Martin Kaymer 100/1
Matt Jones 100/1
Matteo Manassero 100/1
Peter Hanson 100/1
Robert Garrigus 100/1
Russell Henley 100/1
Seung-yul Noh 100/1
Angel Cabrera 125/1
Bo Van Pelt 125/1
Branden Grace 125/1
Brian Stuard 125/1
Bryce Molder 125/1
Camilo Villegas 125/1
D.A. Points 125/1
Peter Uihlein 125/1
Sang-Moon Bae 125/1
Scott Stallings 125/1
Stewart Cink 125/1
Ben Crane 150/1
David Lingmerth 150/1
David Toms 150/1
Jeff Overton 150/1
John Merrick 150/1
Josh Teater 150/1
Justin Hicks 150/1
Justin Leonard 150/1
Martin Flores 150/1
Michael Thompson 150/1
Morgan Hoffman 150/1
Nicolas Colsaerts 150/1
Padraig Harrington 150/1
Roberto Castro 150/1
Scott Langley 150/1
Sean O'Hair 150/1
Steven Bowditch 150/1
Trevor Immelman 150/1
Andres Romero 200/1
Brian Gay 200/1
Charlie Beljan 200/1
Erik Compton 200/1
James Driscoll 200/1
James Hahn 200/1
Jason Gore 200/1
Jhonattan Vegas 200/1
John Huh 200/1
Jonathan Byrd 200/1
Lucas Glover 200/1
Michael Putnam 200/1
Retief Goosen 200/1
Richard Lee 200/1
Stuart Appleby 200/1
Ted Potter Jr. 200/1
Tim Clark 200/1
Yong-Eun Yang 200/1
Ben Curtis 250/1
Chad Collins 250/1
Charlie Wi 250/1
Davis Love III 250/1
Greg Chalmers 250/1
John Peterson 250/1
John Rollins 250/1
Johnson Wagner 250/1
Jon Curran 250/1
Kyle Stanley 250/1
Nicholas Thompson 250/1
Ricky Barnes 250/1
Brice Garnett 300/1
Hudson Swafford 300/1
J.J. Henry 300/1
Jamie Lovemark 300/1
Jeff Maggert 300/1
Robert Allenby 300/1
Shawn Stefani 300/1
Stephen Ames 300/1
Tyrone Van-Aswegen 300/1
D.H. Lee 400/1
Darren Clarke 400/1
John Mallinger 400/1
Tommy Gainey 400/1
Troy Matteson 400/1
Bobby Gates 500/1
Briny Baird 500/1
Derek Ernst 500/1
Dudley Hart 500/1
Harrison Frazar 500/1
Heath Slocum 500/1
Jim Renner 500/1
Joe Ogilvie 500/1
Mike Weir 500/1
Paul Goydos 500/1
Scott Verplank 500/1
Brad Lardon 1000/1

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Re: 2014 PGA Shell Houston Open Odds To Win: Rory McIlroy Favored

McIlroy headlines field at Shell Houston Open
By: Freddy Wander

The PGA warms up for Augusta at the Shell Houston Open, as 22 former major champions will make trip to Humble, TX one week before going after the green jacket at the Masters. This tournament started back in 1946 and has been played at the par 72, 7,457-yard Redstone Golf Club since 2003. A score of 16-under par has been enough to be victorious in this event in each of the past two seasons, with D.A. Points grabbing his second career PGA victory here last year. Let’s take a look at which golfers could emerge from a strong field this week in Texas.

Golfers to Watch

Dustin Johnson (13/1):
Johnson has arguably been the best golfer on tour this season, finishing in the top-six in 5-of-7 events. He ranks third in the FedEx Cup standings despite playing in just about half of the tournaments as others near the top of the standings, and leads the PGA in scoring average (69.04). Johnson also performed well in this same tournament last year, with a fourth-place showing, finishing just two strokes behind D.A. Points.

Hunter Mahan (28/1): Mahan is not yet playing up to his full capabilities this year, but has performed well against the tougher fields, placing 9th in both World Golf Championships he played in. He withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a bad back, but seems to be fine now, and will be looking to win this tournament for the second time in three years after coming away victorious in 2012.

Graham DeLaet (30/1): The Canadian has performed very well this season, finishing in the top-10 in five of his nine tournaments, including being the runner-up in the Waste Management Open and Farmers Insurance Open. His solid play has been a result of his ability to crush the driver (304.1 yards per, 8th on tour) and hit greens in regulation (72.2%, 4th on tour). DeLaet looks poised to win his first PGA event very soon.

Bill Haas (40/1): Haas has finished in the top-17 in each of his past three events, including an impressive sixth-place finish at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. He has been a master out of the sand, converting 62.7% of his sand save opportunities (4th on the PGA) and he has favorable odds for a golfer who could make a serious push this weekend.

Jason Kokrak (50/1): Kokrak is not as experienced as many of the other players in the field, but this season has seen plenty of new names top the leaderboard in big events. He is fifth on the tour in driving distance (305.6 yards per) and recently placed fourth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational while also getting in the top-20 in six other events this year. He may be a longshot at 50-to-1, but is also a golfer to watch in the future.

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Re: 2014 PGA Shell Houston Open Odds To Win: Rory McIlroy Favored

Shell Houston Open Preview and Picks
Matt Fargo

The Shell Houston Open takes center stage this week back in its familiar spot the week before the Masters after preceding the first Major by two weeks last year. Taking place at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas, this is the final tuneup before players head to Augusta next week and the field is again a strong one. Last week at the Valero Texas Open, Steven Bowditch captured his firs PGA Tour victory and while he is in the field this week, more importantly, he is in the Masters field next week.

The Golf Club of Houston, formerly known as Redstone Golf Club, has hosted this event since 2003 and two years ago, it yielded the lowest scoring average in the history of the event. Last year, it was not as easy but still resulted in an overall average of 0.13 strokes under par, the third straight year it has come in under par. 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. Hitting fairways is a must however.

This is because scrambling from the rough was a challenge as players got up and down just over 40 percent of the time for the second straight year. It marked the fifth straight year that the Golf Club of Houston ranked as the hardest course in scrambling from the rough. This isn't because the rough is so difficult as much as the heavy rye overseeded fairways and bentgrass/rye combination greens are very quick and undulating. This likely is not going to change this year.

As mentioned, the field this week is strong headlined by Henrik Stenson, ranked third in the world and Rory McIlroy, ranked seventh in the world. In total, 11 of the top 20 in the OWGR are playing this week including notables Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth and Keegan Bradley. McIlroy (+900) is the favorite despite never having played well here with a 19th in 2010, a missed cut in 2010 and a T45 last year.

Henrik Stenson (+1,700) will be our low favorite this week. We used him two weeks ago at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and he finished a respectable T5. That was his best finish this season but I expect him to better that this week. Last year he finished T2 at the SHO after a T8 at Bay Hill and back in 2009, he finished T3 so he not only likes it here, he is focused despite the pending Major.

Keegan Bradley (+2,300) has been up and down this year but his downs have been minimal. He had a missed cut in Phoenix and a T50 at the Cadillac Championship but he has placed in the top 20 in his other eight medal play events including two top tens. This includes a solo second in his last start at Bay Hill and he has fared well here with a T10 last year and a T4 in 2012.

Everyone is probably getting sick of hearing Graham DeLaet (+3,000) but I am not about to give up on him just yet. Despite an opening 75, he finished T8 in his last start at the Valspar Championship which was his fifth top ten of the season that includes two runner-ups. He is still without a win on tour but is painfully close as he had three other top threes after June last year. His best finish here is a T3 in 2010.

Jason Kokrak (+5,000) is new to these pages but he is making a name for himself with some very consistent play. He has missed three cuts but in his nine made cuts, he has finished inside the top 20 in seven of those. One of those exceptions was last week when he finished T31 but that was in part to a Saturday 77 so take that out and he was -4 in his other rounds. He finished solo ninth here last year.

We used Charley Hoffman (+6,500) last week at +2,500 and now he is in the longshot category this week. A Friday 75 kept him out of contention but he still finished a solid T11 as he posted 70 in his other three rounds. He has three top tens this year and is coming off a T12, a T25 and that T11 last week in his last three starts. He has three top 25's at the SHO since 2008 and his overall Texas success makes him a live dog here.

Recommended Tournament Win Five Pack at the Shell Houston Open - All for 1 Unit

Henrik Stenson (+1,700)
Keegan Bradley (+2,300)
Graham DeLaet (+3,000)
Jason Kokrak (+5,000)
Charley Hoffman (+6,500)

2014 Record to date after 12 events: -5 Units

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