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Shell Houston Open Preview

The PGA Tour heads to the Lone Star State for the Shell Houston open this weekend. The Houston Open will be held at the Par 72 Redstone Golf Club Tournament Course, which is a 7,457 yards course.

Tiger is still not in the field, but since Masters is not far off this year’s Houston Open has a solid field with eight players ranked in the top 10 in the world playing.

Ernie Els is the favorite at Bovada at 11/1 and it is not hard to see why, as he won last week’s     Arnold Palmer Invitational and he finished 14th in this tournament last season. Many wrote off the Big Easy, but he is on the top of his game and knows how to win.

Paul Casey is the defending champion and he has the second best odds to win at 12/1. The Englishman has played well on this side of the pond this season, as he has made the cut and finished in the top 10 in each of the four tournaments he has played on the PGA Tour this season. 

Phil Mickelson is playing this week and even though he has played a limited schedule this season he has made the cut in the six tournaments he has played in and has one top 10 finish. Lefty is at 14/1 at Bovada, but he has have a better final round then he did last week when he shot a 77 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Padraig Harrington has made the cut in the last four Houston Opens even though he has not finished higher than 24th.

Geoff Ogilvy tied for second at the Houston Open in 2008 and he was in contention last year, but finished with a round of 75 and tied for sixth. He already has a win this season and he ranks 13th on tour in putting, which is crucial in this tournament.

Lee Westwood has only played in three PGA tournaments this season, but has made the cut each time and has one top 10 finish.

Martin Kaymer is at 25/1 at Bovada and he finished third at the World Golf Championships a couple weeks back, which was his best finish on American soil. He has the game from tee to green and even though he misses an occasional fairway that will not hurt him this week in the wide-open course.

A good dark horse bet may be Fred Couples, who is at 40/1 at Bovada. The 50-year old won this event in 2003 and was in contention last year before a final round 74 killed his chances, but he still finished third. He won the Champions Tour event last week and in doing so set the course record in the final round with a 62.

Here are the golfers with the 10 best odds to win the Shell Houston Open. To get the full list visit Bovada.

Ernie Els 11/1
Paul Casey 12/1
Phil Mickelson 14/1
Padraig Harrington 18/1
Geoff Ogilvy 22/1
Lee Westwood 25/1
Martin Kaymer 25/1
Hunter Mahan 25/1
Anthony Kim 25/1
Rory McIlroy 30/1