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27th Mar 2018 | Shell Houston Open

Houston Open Trends

Houston Open Trends

The PGA Tour visits Houston for its traditional Masters warm-up. We look at the trends of past winners.

The Shell Houston Open provides the perfect warmup for the US Masters. Measuring just six yards longer than Augusta National and with greens that can exceed 13 on the Stimpmeter, the similarities are striking.

Let’s look at the trends of the last eleven 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 six 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. Seven of the last eleven winners fell into this category.

Bottom 25% in driving accuracy
A bit like Augusta, 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 eleven winners was 111th. Only 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:
Brandon Harkins
J.B. Holmes
Jason Kokrak
Keith Mitchell
Luke List
Tom Lovelady
Tony Finau

Luke List to win 28/1 with Bet365
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Odds correct at time of publishing: 18:05 27th Mar, 2018 but subject to change

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