Sleeper Picks for the 2020 Houston Open – Shooting for the Moon in Space City
Talk about emerging out of nowhere and winning a golf tournament, Brian Gay had missed four straight cuts and was admittingly “playing awful” heading into Bermuda. 73 holes later and the 48-year-old veteran was standing in the winner’s circle for the 5th time in his career.
Gay’s performance cost me a pretty penny after touting Wyndham Clark at +8000, but it reminded me that getting on a few dark horses can turn into a major sweat.
Perhaps it’ll pay off this week with one of the following Houston Open sleepers.
James Hahn +6000
Showcased in the top-10 market in my Houston Open predictions post, +6000 seems rather juicy for a player arriving in Space City on the heels of three straight top-10 finishes. His precision off the tee and into the greens are highlighted in the aforementioned article, but here’s a quick summary of what Hahn has been up to this season.
Thanks to converting 54.55% of his putts from between 10-15’ (5th on the PGA Tour), James ranks 5th in birdie average and has shot par or better in all 12 rounds. 11 of those rounds were under par, 10 of them were in the 60s.
Lee Westwood +7000
Those who don’t follow the European Tour closely may not be in tune with just how stellar Lee Westwood has been since he picked his sticks back up in July. Know that his T30 two weeks ago at the Italian Open ended a streak of six consecutive top-20s.
“Westy” has long been known as one of the most dependable ball-strikers in the world, and have no qualms, that area of his game is yet to wane. However, the reason for Lee’s mini-resurgence can be directly correlated to him ranking 7th on the European Tour in Putts per GIR.
Stewart Cink +8000
Like Westwood, Stewart Cink is another 47-year-old who has been playing some really solid golf as of late. With that being said, this one of my sleeper picks for the Houston Open hasn’t just been knocking on the door recently – he’s actually broken through.
For the first time in 11 years, Stewart Cink is back in the winner's circle. ? He fired a final-round 65 to earn his seventh PGA Tour title at the Safeway Open. pic.twitter.com/XEqOAITaY9— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) September 14, 2020
Cink has since tacked on a 12th-place finish in Jackson and placed 4th last week at the Bermuda Championship. Apparently, age really us “just a number” because Stewart has shot 65 or lower five times this season in just four starts.
In terms of targeting a confident player at Memorial Park, Stewart played his final 34 holes bogey-free (10-under-par) in the Mediterranean.
Dylan Frittelli +9000
Nothing Dylan Frittelli has done lately is going to jump off the page, although his results were equally scattered preceding his maiden victory at the 2019 John Deere Classic. We at least know Dylan’s form is in a relatively good spot after tallying a T11 at Sherwood last time out.
The University of Texas product should feel right at home playing in the Lone Star State, and he’s got a short game we can trust.
Playing the final group with Justin Thomas on Saturday at the Zozo Championship bodes well for Frittelli the next time he put himself in position. Lurking at +9000 at the safest betting sites, I’m willing to roll the dice that “next time” could be this weekend. He’s the last of my Houston Open sleeper picks for 2020.
More Houston Open Championship Betting Picks
Do any of the Houston Open sleepers featured on this page excite you? Surely you wouldn’t have been too enthralled with Brian Gay going into last week, and I bet you didn’t have Stewart Cink on your radar when the Safeway Open got underway.
Personally, I just don’t see a lot of advantages to backing DJ at +700. I’m not touching household names like Brooks Koepka (+1800) and Adam Scott (+2500). Instead, I’m locking in these four sleepers for the Houston Open and then I’m focusing my attention on the GPPs on DraftKings.
My top DFS selections can be found here.