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2020 Houston Open: Latest betting odds, favorites and sleeper picks for Memorial Park Golf Course

Tyrrell Hatton 2020 BMW PGA Championship
At 16-1 odds, Tyrrell Hatton looks like a good bet to win the Houston Open.

Tyrrell Hatton rates a long look as a potential winner, though Dustin Johnson returns to competition as the oddsmakers' pick

With such a wide-open field at the Bermuda Championship, it seemingly could have ended only one way: a playoff. Our favorite, Doc Redman, narrowly missed on the showdown, finishing T-4, as Brian Gay outdueled Wyndham Clark on the first extra hole to secure his fifth PGA Tour victory. Though Gay hardly was an unknown player on Tour, it was his first title since 2013 as the second edition of the Bermuda Championship mirrored the first, when Brendon Todd won, in serving as a slump-buster for journeymen pros. 

This week’s Houston Open at Memorial Park Golf Course presents the final tuneup before next week’s Masters at Augusta National. It will be the first PGA Tour event held at Memorial Park since 1963 and also the first chance in the U.S. for Tour spectators to return to the course since March, when the Players Championship was called off after the first round.

According to William Hill, the overwhelming favorite is Dustin Johnson, a 15-2 pick who will be making his first start since testing positive three weeks ago for COVID-19. The rest of the odds leaders begin with red-hot Englishman Tyrrell Hatton, at 16-1, followed by Brooks Koepka, a 20-1 pick who will be making only his second start since returning from an injured left ankle. Hideki Matsuyama and Tony Finau also were 20-1 picks.

For our favorite, it’s Hatton, simply because the other four top picks have been so unpredictable lately. Johnson, the No. 1-ranked player in the world and the reigning FedEx Cup winner, has not competed in more two months. Koepka has been erratic, at best, in an injury-hindered season, and we never can know what to expect from Matsuyama and Finau. Hatton continues to have one of his best seasons, so we’ll take the safe play here.

For a midrange pick, defending champion Lanto Griffin, at 40-1, presents solid value. Even though he won at a different golf course, the Golf Club of Houston, Griffin has been playing solid golf lately. After a T-7 at the CJ Cup and a T-11 at the Zozo Championship, Griffin could have the confidence to go back-to-back in Houston.

For a sleeper, we like Denny McCarthy, at 66-1. McCarthy, who like Redman tied for fourth last week in Bermuda, enjoys fall golf. It was his second top-10 finish in his past three starts, including a T-6 at Sanderson Farms. McCarthy has three top-10 finishes since mid-August and just five missed cuts in 21 events in 2020. He finished T-9 in the Houston Open last year, so McCarthy is primed for a flier this week.

2020 picks scoreboard:
Winners: 3
Top 10s: 16
Top 25s: 8
Misses: 25

Here are some notable odds, according to William Hill:
Dustin Johnson 15-2
Tyrrell Hatton 16-1
Brooks Koepka 20-1
Tony Finau 20-1
Hideki Matsuyama 20-1
Russell Henley 25-1
Scottie Scheffler 25-1
Viktor Hovland 25-1
Sungjae Im 33-1
Adam Scott 33-1
Jason Day 35-1
Sergio Garcia 35-1
Lanto Griffin 40-1
Zach Johnson 40-1
Doc Redman 40-1
Brian Harman 50-1
Si-Woo Kim 50-1
Corey Conners 50-1
Jordan Spieth 50-1
Shane Lowry 55-1
Cameron Davis 60-1
James Hahn 60-1
Alex Noren 66-1
Erik Van Rooyen 66-1
Stewart Cink 66-1
Harold Varner III 66-1
Denny McCarthy 66-1
Wyndham Clark 70-1
Talor Gooch 70-1
Lee Westwood 70-1
Mackenzie Hughes 80-1
Kristoffer Ventura 80-1
Henrik Stenson 80-1
Sam Burns 80-1
J.T. Poston 80-1
Aaron Wise 80-1
Phil Mickelson 80-1
Dylan Frittelli 80-1
Charley Hoffman 80-1
Kevin Streelman 80-1
Brandt Snedeker 90-1
Lucas Glover 90-1
Cameron Tringale 90-1
Matthew NeSmith 100-1
Adam Schenk 100-1
Scott Piercy 100-1
Keegan Bradley 100-1
Henrik Norlander 100-1
Russell Knox 100-1
Maverick McNealy 100-1
Ollie Schniederjans 100-1
Matt Jones 100-1
Harry Higgs 100-1
Beau Hossler 100-1
Martin Laird 100-1

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