Best Matchups Bets for the 2020 Houston Open

| November 3, 2020 10:54 am PDT

I’ve been targeting underdogs in head-to-head matchups all season long. After scoping this week’s selection at various sportsbooks, I see no reason to abandon ship.

Here’s a three-pack of Houston Open head-to-head picks – each oozing with value.

Dustin Johnson vs. Tyrrell Hatton

Dustin Johnson-145
Tyrrell Hatton+125

Dustin Johnson hasn’t played since the US Open and could very well need a round or two to knock off some competitive rust. On the flip side, Tyrell Hatton’s been quite busy since Winged Foot.

The 29-year-old Englishman won the flagship event on the European Tour (BMW PGA Championship) and finished 3rd at The CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek. His hot starts (66, 65, 65 in his last three opening rounds) carried right into the Zozo Championship.

It’s not often you’ll have an opportunity to latch onto a red-hot Hatton at +125 in a matchup, especially against someone who hasn’t competed for the last six weeks. Simply put, these odds are too attractive to ignore.

  • Tyrrell Hatton

Erik van Rooyen vs. James Hahn

Erik van Rooyen-145
James Hahn+125

Erik van Rooyen has played well as of late on the other side of the pond, however, the South African golfer has struggled at “regular” PGA Tour events. Erik missed the cut in his last two (Safeway Open, 3M Open) and has just two career top-10s on this circuit.

James Hahn has three top-10s in his last three starts and will arrive in H-Town beaming with confidence. 2nd in Par Breakers (29.63%), 2nd in front-nine scoring average, 10th in back-nine scoring average, and it just goes on and on.

I love Hahn in DFS and hopped on his coattails as one of my sleeper picks for the Houston Open. There’s no way I’m passing up a +125 price tag in a matchup versus van Rooyen.

  • James Hahn

Jason Day vs. Lanto Griffin

Jason Day-135
Lanto Griffin+115

I perked up seeing Lanto Griffin at +101 against Jason Day at BetOnline. Nevertheless, shopping this Houston Open head-to-head pick around allowed me to grab hold of Griffin at +115 at XBet. Apparently, Jason’s name recognition is carrying a ton of weight because his recent results have been rather shoddy.

Day’s made six starts since the PGA Championship in August, and check out how he’s fared for yourself.

Jason Day’s Last Six Starts – By the Numbers
Tournament Finish
Zozo Championship T60
The CJ Cup WD
Shriners Hospitals for Children Open MC
US Open T38
BMW Championship 64

Quite the contrary if you study Griffin.

Lanto has made seven starts since Harding Park and has compiled four top-17s. This comes after he finished 18th in the 2019-20 FedEx Cup Standings (Day finished 57th). And although Memorial Park is a new venue in 2020, it’s safe to say Griffin will descend upon Space City with some pretty good vibes.

  • Lanto Griffin

More Houston Open Picks

If these head-to-head picks for the Houston Open aren’t enough to satisfy your appetite, go ahead and lock in some top-10 and top-20 bets. While you’re at, you may even want to dabble in a few GPPs on DraftKings.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for on football, basketball, and baseball.

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