Denny McCarthy (USA) 66/1 – £5EW WILLIAM HILL 8 PLACES 

Si Woo Kim (KOR) 50/1 – £5EW  BETWAY 7 PLACES

Beau Hossler (USA) 100/1 – £5EW PADDY POWER 8 PLACES 

Wyndham Clark (USA) 70/1 – £5EW SKYBET 7 PLACES 

Robby Shelton (USA) 200/1 – £2.50EW WILLIAM HILL 8 PLACES 

John Huh (USA) 250/1 – £2.50EW PADDY POWER 8 PLACES   

Matt Southgate (ENG) 50/1 – £5EW PADDY POWER 8 PLACES

Alex Bjork (SWE) 55/1 – £5EW PADDY POWER 8 PLACES

Johannes Veerman (USA) 50/1 – £5EW PADDY POWER 8 PLACES

Jeff Winter (DEN) 66/1 – £5EW PADDY POWER 8 PLACES 

36 Hole Stroke Play Winner – S.S.P. Chawrasia (IND) 200/1 £1EW SKYBET 6 PLACES  

Vivint Houston Open

FIELD NOTES: Johnson and Adam Scott are set to make their first starts on the TOUR since testing positive for COVID-19… Brooks Koepka will return to the golf course he had a hand in shaping… Mickelson is 2-for-2 with PGA TOUR Champions victories this season but decided to tee it up in Houston instead of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Mickelson won the Houston Open in 2011. The last Houston Open at Memorial Park also was the first PGA TOUR win by a left-hander. Bob Charles won at Memorial Park in 1963, the same year he won The Open Championship to become the first left-hander to win a major… The last three Houston Open winners including Lanto Griffin (2019), Ian Poulter (2018), and Russell Henley (2017) are part of the past champions contingent… Four of the top 10 on the current FedExCup standings (Stewart Cink, Garcia, Martin Laird, and Hudson Swafford) are in the field… Justin Harding, Kyle Hogan, Dawie van der Walt, and Jhonattan Vegas are amongst the sponsor’s exemptions.

FEDEXCUP: Winner receives 500 FedExCup points.

COURSE: Memorial Park Golf Course, par 71, 7,021 yards (yardage subject to change). The TOUR makes its return to Memorial Park for the first time since 1963. Founded in 1912, Tom Doak, who redesigned the course with the help of Koepka, took flood-prone land and added elevation and improved drainage. The TOUR’s best will see a totally different Memorial Park Golf Course for 2020 with holes that have been both lengthened and shortened, fairways widened, and trees removed. “Other than winning a golf tournament, it’s one of the coolest projects that I’ve been involved in,” Koepka told FOX 26 Houston last year.

STORYLINES: The Vivint Houston Open will be the first TOUR event in the U.S. since THE PLAYERS Championship to have spectators on site… The event, for 2020-21, was moved from October to November to accommodate the changes to the schedule due to COVID-19… The tournament returns to Memorial Park Golf Course for the first time since 1963… Griffin proved how valuable a solid fall could be, as he rode his victory in Houston all the way to The TOUR Championship last season.

72-HOLE RECORD: 266, Curtis Strange and Lee Trevino (1980 at Woodlands CC), Vijay Singh (2002 at TPC Woodlands). Golf Club of Houston record: 268, Phil Mickelson (2011), Russell Henley (2017). Memorial Park Golf Course record: 268, Bob Charles (1963).

18-HOLE RECORD: 62, Ron Streck (3rd round, 1981 at Woodlands CC), Fred Funk (3rd round, 1992 at TPC Woodlands). Golf Club of Houston record: 63, Johnson Wagner (1st round, 2008), Adam Scott (1st round, 2008), Jimmy Walker (1st round, 2011), Phil Mickelson (3rd round, 2011), Scott Piercy (1st round, 2015), Sung Kang (2nd round, 2017).

Previous Results 

2009 Paul Casey 277 J.B. Holmes 277
2010 Anthony Kim 276 Vaughn Taylor 276
2011 Phil Mickelson 268 Chris Kirk 271
Scott Verplank 271
2012 Hunter Mahan 272 Carl Pettersson 273
2013 D.A. Points 272 Billy Horschel 273
Henrik Stenson 273
2014 Matt Jones 273 Matt Kuchar 273
2015 J.B. Holmes 272 Jordan Spieth 272
Johnson Wagner 272
2016 Jim Herman 273 Henrik Stenson 274
2017 Russell Henley 268 Sung Kang 271
2018 Ian Poulter 269 Beau Hossler 269
2020 Lanto Griffin 274 Scott Harrington 275
Mark Hubbard 275

Our Picks for the week

Denny McCarthy (USA) 66/1

I feel Denny is just about ready to pick up some silverware this week. Sixth place at the Sanderson farms and yet another top five last week at the Bermuda Championship.

Trending in the right direction for us stats that he has improved since the restart:

  • Increased driving distance
  • Improved GIR
  • Improved Par 3 and Par 5 scoring

Solid putter as well, where the team normal see him make at least a half a shot or better per round on the greens.

Joined the PGA Tour in 2018 and has had some great highlights so far.  Had two top ten finishes at the Valspar and the Sanderson in 2019. He also qualified for the FedEx Cup for the second consecutive season and has made 18 cuts in 23 starts.

He should be good value this week. Betting £5EW with William Hill 80/1 paying 8 places.    

Beau Hossler (USA) 100/1

He is having an OK season so far but this 25 year old is still learning his trade on the main Tour.  Born in California and turned professional in 2016 and nearly won in his rookie year at this event. He lost to Ian Poulter in a playoff in 2018.  

He likes the Houston Open that is for sure 39th in 2017, as I have just said runner up in 2018 and then another good show last year finishing in 13th place.

So five events down so far in this new season and he has made the cut in all of them, and seems to be improving week on week.

Very solid off the tee and if you add that to his recent improvement in strokes gained putting, could he go one better than 2018. Let’s hope so.

Going £5EW Paddy Power 100/1 8 places     

Si Woo Kim (KOR) 50/1

Coming off a little mini break is Si Woo and looking great out there in practice. He should still be beaming with confidence after his last two events he played in mid-October.

  • 8th place at the Shriners
  • 17th place at the CJ Cup

He just seems to be able to get the job done when it matters. Twice a winner on the PGA Tour back in 2016 he picked up the victory at the Wyndham and in 2017 he won the Players beating the world’s best that week. So it’s been three years now since his last win and feel it could be just the right time for him to add some more silverware.

As for this event he has only played it twice in ten years he managed a 13th place and he withdrew in his other outing. He is a course that does suit him game and he should be making plenty of birdies.

Betting £5EW William Hill 50/1 paying 8 places

OTHERS THE TEAM LIKE THE LOOK OFF

ROBBY SHELTON (USA) 200/1

WYNDHAM CLARK (USA) 70/1

JOHN HUH (USA) 250/1

Cyprus Showdown Shootout format 

The Cyprus Showdown will break new ground with a first-of-its-kind format on the European Tour as the 16 leading players and ties after two cuts go head-to-head in a final round shootout.

The European Tour and tournament promoter International Sports Management (ISM) today announced details of the unique format for the inaugural tournament which takes place at Aphrodite Hills from November 5-8.

The second of two consecutive events on the island, the Cyprus Showdown will feature a 105-man field for the first two rounds of strokeplay as normal, with the top 32 players and ties progressing to Saturday’s shootout with their scores reset.

A thrilling Sunday showdown is in prospect with the top 16 players and ties in Saturday’s shootout progressing through to the final day. Once again, their scores will be reset with the remaining players battling it out in a further 18-hole shootout for the €200,000 first prize.

Ben Cowen, the European Tour’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer International, said: “The European Tour has been a pioneer of innovative new formats in recent years so we welcome ISM’s ambition in bringing a new format to the European Tour as we make our first visit to the island of Cyprus.

“Not only do these events help give valuable playing opportunities to our members, but we are able to showcase the nation of Cyprus and the excellent PGA National Cyprus Golf Course at Aphrodite Hills which will host us over the two weeks.

“This exciting format will undoubtedly add to that spotlight and we are confident it be wholly enjoyed by our global television audience, bringing an exciting and dramatic conclusion to our fortnight in Paphos.”

Both events on the Mediterranean island, the Cyprus Open and Cyprus Showdown, will be promoted by ISM, which has a long history of holding tournaments.

It was responsible for every aspect of the British Masters for six years to 2008 and pioneered the eight-man Turkish Airlines World Golf Final in 2012, which featured four of the top five players in the world including Tiger Woods, before setting up the Turkish Airlines Open, which ran for seven years from 2013.

The Cheshire-based management company also promoted Challenge Tour events at the Worsley Marriott and in Northern Ireland, held the Ladies British Masters at Mottram Hall and hosted the Seniors Matchplay and a Seniors tournament at Half Moon in Jamaica.

Andrew Chandler, Chief Executive Officer of ISM, said: “We need to try new things for golf, to try to attract new fans and players, and the Cyprus Showdown should be an exciting way to finish our two weeks in Cyprus.

“With two tournaments back to back in the same place, it should offer something a bit different and I’m sure the players will look forward to it.”

The Cyprus events will continue the European Tour’s strategy of staging tournaments in geographical clusters wherever possible to reduce the onus on international travel.

The two tournaments will be staged at Aphrodite Hills Resort in Paphos with prize funds of €1 million. Both will be played without spectators and will be subject to the European Tour’s comprehensive health strategy and based on Cypriot health authority guidelines.

Andrew Darker, Director of Golf at Aphrodite Hills Resort, added: “We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to our Mediterranean venue here at Aphrodite Hills Resort in Cyprus. It’s going to be a fascinating fortnight of golf, especially with the innovative format, and we are excited to see how the players tackle this new challenge.

“We have loved every minute working with ISM and we are delighted to be a part of the European Tour’s international schedule, and alongside the PGA National Cyprus, we hope there will be more exciting golf to come in our region.”

This will be the first time the European Tour has held events on the island, and Cyprus will be the 50th nation visited by the Tour in its 48-year history

Results from last week

Our Picks for the week

Matt Southgate (ENG) 50/1 

Like the way Matt plays very much a free spirit similar to that of Amartige let’s just hope he can close the job off on Sunday better than Marcus should have done for us last week.

He tied for 17th place last week with a poor Saturday round of 71 so was around four to five shots worse than the average scores from the leaders that day. What the team did like following him around on Sunday was his strokes gained off the tee was impressive nearly gaining one shot a round over the week.

For such a good finish his putting from what we saw was well below average for him, this could be a great advantage for Matt this week as the greens and speed have not changed much at all. Having said that he still managed an average of 5.5 birdies per round. I feel if he gains some early clinch putts he pull away this week.

Betting £5EW with PP 50/1 8 places.    

Alex Bjork (SWE) 55/1 

Coming off a very consistent scoring week at the Cyprus Open. Not too much to report on any individual aspect of his game last week apart from an exceptional week on the greens. There were only two players ahead of him on strokes gained putting and one of those was the winner Shinkwin.   

We caught up with Alex over the weekend and he was not happy about his overall around the green game, so advised us he would be putting in place some well drilled practice sessions to get this fixed for this week, and from what the team have seen on the practice area he looks very much focus and looks to have nailed his short game routine.   

His best result so far this season was third place at the Hero back in August, he also had a good run at the Scottish Open at the start of October.

I am going £5EW with PP 55/1 paying 7 places        

Johannes Veerman (USA) 50/1

This kid has to be winning soon in my books and from what I have witnessed first-hand, he has all parts of the game covered.

He came out firing last week in round one leading the tournament with Waite, shooting a 64.

We analysed his week’s scorecards and the reading was all good until you get to Sunday, only making one bogey after three rounds he then throws in three bogeys and a double. One of those holes where he scored +2 on the week was the par three 15th but you can forgive him this as it did rank the hardest hole with the average score being 3.2 over the week.

I feel now he has gained some good knowledge around here and with new format having the cut early and then a shootout should be right up his alley.  

Going £5EW with PP 50/1 paying 7 places           

OTHERS THE TEAM LIKE THE LOOK OFF

Jeff Winter (DEN) 66/1

36 Hole Stroke Play Winner

S.S.P. Chawrasia (IND) 200/1 

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