29th Oct 2020 | Houston Open
Houston Open Trends
The PGA Tour visits Houston for a slightly peculiar Masters warm-up; we look at the trends of past winners.
The Shell Houston Open is back to provided the warm-up for an out of schedule US Masters, although we are no longer at the Golf Club of Houston, with the event moved to Memorial Park Golf Course.
Let’s look at the trends of the last thirteen winners (note these are based on GC Houston winners):
Top-60 for strokes gained off the tee
Past winners have gained shots on the field off the tee, normally with distance rather than accuracy. Four of the past eight winners were ranked in the top-60.
Top-60 on tour for driving distance
The Golf Club of Houston measures 7,457 yards and suits long hitters. 8 of the last 13 winners fell into this category.
Bottom 25% in driving accuracy
If you are long off the tee you can really spray it around the GC of Houston. The average driving accuracy rank of the last 12 winners was 100+. Only Ian Poulter, Jim Herman, DA Points and Hunter Mahan were more accurate than they were long, in terms of rank on tour.
Players that fit all three trends:
Odds correct at time of publishing: 12:15 29th Oct, 2020 but subject to change