With the Masters just a week away, form is key and could be the difference between winning and losing. This week the PGA Tour takes a trip to Houston for the Shell Houston Open, a popular event among the Tour Professionals. Some see it as a training exercise but for more than most it is their last chance to secure a place in the first major of the year, the Masters.
With Tiger unavailable for both events, it means there is no outright favourite, or so you may think. Tiger hasn’t won a major since his downfall in 2008 but has always been a firm favourite for every event he plays in. But with him not participating due to injury who is next in line? Who will fill his boots?
The Shell Houston Open is obviously in the shadow of the Masters and will not be on the same level. But having the Masters a week after the event it can be nothing but positive. Players looking to kick-start some late form for the Major will put on a good display for viewers in Houston and with a prize fun of $1,152,000 you can see why.
Rory Mcilroy has taken Tiger Woods’ place as the favourite this week at 10/1. 2014 has been good to Mcilroy so far with four PGA Tour events this year and four top 25 finishes. His current world ranking is 7th. You may be thinking why is favourite? With golf form is temporary but class is permanent and the Northern Irishman has bags of class. Like Tiger and Phil Mickelson you can never really rule him out until the final stroke.
The big hitting American Dustin Johnson at an appetizing 12/1 odds to win outright. No surprise with the form he is in. Johnson has taking the 2014 season by storm with 5 top ten finishes in his last 6 events and has already carded a win at the World Golf Championship last November. Although this win was in 2013 it is still in the 2014 season. After turning pro in 2007, Johnson has won 8 events on the PGA Tour and has won at least 1 event each year. With stats like that there is no doubt he is my tip of the day.