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2020 Houston Open Odds: Johnson Tabbed Favorite in Final Tournament Before Masters

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Stuart Franklin/Getty Images. Pictured: Brooks Koepka, left, and Dustin Johnson.

Welcome to golf’s ultimate lookahead spot.

The 2020 Vivint Houston Open — the last PGA TOUR event before the Masters — gets underway Thursday at Memorial Park Golf Course in Space City, Texas.

This will be a peculiar tournament to handicap for a couple of reasons. Most notably, the looming trip to Augusta presents bettors with the unenviable task of trying to figure out which players — especially those who fancy their chances at donning the Green Jacket — are just taking the trip to Houston to get their game in order ahead of the Georgia trip.

This motivational quandary could create some chaos near the top of the oddsboard as three of this week’s favorites — Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott and Brooks Koepka — have all missed a considerable amount of time over the past few months and will be hoping to shake off some rust at Memorial Park.

Dustin Johnson hasn’t played since the U.S. Open because of a positive COVID-19 test. Brooks Koepka is still working his way back from a knee injury that kept him out of action for two months from August to October. Adam Scott, who also is making his first start since testing positive for COVID-19, has only played in four tournaments since March, though the dapper Aussie is no stranger to taking long breaks in between starts.

Adding more fuel to the variance fire is the fact that Memorial Park hasn’t hosted a TOUR event since 1963 and I’m pretty sure they didn’t have shot-link data back then. With no course history to go off of and Augusta just over the horizon, the Houston Open could be bizarre. Or maybe Johnson just runs away with it and we’ll all look foolish for thinking that TOUR golfers get distracted by what’s happening next week.

Speaking of Dustin Johnson, he’s the clear favorite this week at a staggering +650 ($10 bet wins $65) and opened as the only player under 15-1. I say staggering not because DJ shouldn’t be the favorite, but this is a pretty top-heavy field and the World No. 1 hasn’t played in a month and a half.

Things immediately bunch up after DJ, with seven golfers priced between +1600 and +2200, including Russell Henley, who believe it or not, has the same odds as Tony Finau, 2020 breakout of the year contender Tyrrell Hatton, and next-gen star Viktor Hovland. That’s right, Henley is above Hideki Matsuyama (+1800), Brooks Koepka (+2000) and Scottie Scheffler (+2200).

This is no slight against Henley, who has back-to-back, top-5 finishes at the CJ Cup and the ZOZO, but it’s hard to imagine many people betting the former Georgia Bulldog at these odds in this field when he was +9000 at the CJ Cup and +5500 at the ZOZO last month. But then again, what do I know?

Jason Day, Zach Johnson, Sungjae Im and Adam Scott start things off in the Mid-Tier at +3300. Day and Im have each had their ups and downs during the last six months, but ZJ is the form man of this quartet with a T8 at the U.S. Open followed up by a T23 and T19 at Sanderson Farms and The Shriners, respectively. Like Henley, Johnson is usually offered at much bigger odds so you’re paying a pretty hefty form-tax on the Iowa native at Memorial Park.

The quartet of players at 50/1 all fall under the same umbrella: Players that your golf-betting friend loves to bet every week. Brian HarmanCorey ConnersEmiliano Grillo and Lanto Griffin all have shown flashes of brilliance over the past few months but none of them have been able to put it all together to hoist a trophy.

Griffin is actually the defending champion at this event, though that tournament was played on a different course and featured a much weaker field.

Everything seems to be in order as we head down the board, though I’m a sucker for Shane Lowry at good prices and the 66/1 on the Irishman feels like just the type of bet to sucker me in, until we get close to the triple digits. That’s where you’ll find Henrik Stenson at +9000 in the company of Wyndham Clark (who is coming off a playoff loss in Bermuda), fellow Swede Alex Noren, Luke List, Sam Burns, Mackenzie Hughes and Lucas Glover.

Remember when Glover was listed at 30/1 for a bunch of tournaments in the summer and it seemed like a matter of time before he won? Because I do.

Golf is a funny game.


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2020 Houston Open Odds

Player Odds
Dustin Johnson +650
Tony Finau +1600
Tyrrell Hatton +1600
Russell Henley +1600
Viktor Hovland +1600
Hideki Matsuyama +1800
Brooks Koepka +2000
Scottie Scheffler +2200
Jason Day +3300
Zach Johnson +3300
Adam Scott +3300
Sungjae Im +3300
Sergio Garcia +4000
Corey Conners +5000
Lanto Griffin +5000
Emiliano Grillo +5000
Brian Harman +5000
Doc Redman +5000
Keegan Bradley +6600
Stewart Cink +6600
Shane Lowry +6600
Si Woo Kim +6600
Jordan Spieth +6600
Harold Varner III +6600
Cameron Davis +7000
Charley Hoffman +7000
Dylan Frittelli +8000
Talor Gooch +8000
James Hahn +8000
Denny McCarthy +8000
Kevin Streelman +8000
Lee Westwood +8000
Aaron Wise +8000
Erik van Rooyen +8000
Sam Burns +9000
Wyndham Clark +9000
Lucas Glover +9000
Mackenzie Hughes +9000
Matt Jones +9000
Luke List +9000
Alexander Noren +9000
Henrik Stenson +9000
Tyler Duncan +10000
Tom Hoge +10000
Mark Hubbard +10000
Russell Knox +10000
Maverick McNealy +10000
Phil Mickelson +10000
Henrik Norlander +10000
Pat Perez +10000
Scott Piercy +10000
J.T. Poston +10000
Adam Schenk +10000
Brandt Snedeker +10000
Scott Stallings +10000
Sepp Straka +10000
Cameron Tringale +10000
Harry Higgs +12500
Matthew NeSmith +12500
Carlos Ortiz +12500
Ollie Schniederjans +12500
Kristoffer Ventura +12500
Austin Cook +15000
Jason Dufner +15000
Brice Garnett +15000
Branden Grace +15000
Max Homa +15000
Beau Hossler +15000
John Huh +15000
Martin Laird +15000
Adam Long +15000
Troy Merritt +15000
Rory Sabbatini +15000
Charl Schwartzel +15000
Jhonattan Vegas +15000
Camilo Villegas +15000
Danny Willett +15000
Ryan Armour +17500
Patrick Rodgers +17500
C.T. Pan +20000
Kevin Chappell +20000
Brian Gay +20000
Will Gordon +20000
Padraig Harrington +20000
Chris Kirk +20000
Patton Kizzire +20000
Andrew Landry +20000
Nate Lashley +20000
Danny Lee +20000
Tom Lewis +20000
Graeme McDowell +20000
Keith Mitchell +20000
Francesco Molinari +20000
Brian Stuard +20000
Andrew Putnam +25000
Sam Ryder +25000
Hudson Swafford +25000
Vaughn Taylor +25000
Justin Harding +35000
Scott Harrington +35000
Bo Hoag +35000
Kyoung-Hoon Lee +35000
Robby Shelton +35000
Michael Thompson +35000
Xinjun Zhang +35000
Scott Brown +50000
Luke Donald +50000
Satoshi Kodaira +50000
Kelly Kraft +50000
Jamie Lovemark +50000
Grayson Murray +50000
Sean O’Hair +50000
Ted Potter Jr. +50000
Sung Kang +50000
Kevin Tway +50000
Jimmy Walker +50000
Dawie van der Walt +50000
Greg Chalmers +100000
Graham DeLaet +100000
Kyle Hogan +100000
Michael Kim +100000
Hunter Mahan +100000
D.A. Points +100000
Kevin Stadler +100000
Martin Trainer +100000
Ben Willman +100000
Bo van Pelt +100000

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