Phil Mickelson is gearing up for the Masters and is looking a good bet to finish high up the field at Augusta. Over the years he’s always played in the preceding tournament so as to fine tune his game, but he has also won a few of these including the Scottish Open a couple of years ago. Lefty’s game is in good nick and his driving, that has been wayward in the past is working well and allowing his natural short game to come to fruition. In terms of course form there’s no one better in the field. The last 6 years have reaped one win and five top 20 finishes, so there’s no worries about whether Houston suits his style. Mickelson also played well in last weeks matchplay and came up against an unstoppable Patrick Reed in the last 16, where he did extremely well to pull back the score and pride on the back nine. Get on Lefty for a big performance!
Patrick Reed had an impressive matchplay tournament and will take plenty of confidence from that performance, including a great victory against our other selection, Phil Mickelson. Reed’s game is in a really good place and his main go to weapon, the putter is on fire at present. Although he doesn’t have the best record here, he hasn’t played it too many times and will want to make a good showing coming in to the Masters. His last few tournaments have gone well with results that are pointing towards a victory soon. It’s hard to see him vying for the green jacket, but the Houston Open is definitely one that is on his radar.
Kevin Chappell was so close to winning the Arnold Palmer a couple of weeks ago and only a wayward drive under intense pressure on the 18th preventing him from winning his first PGA title. He’s a great player and it’s only a matter of time before he gets his maiden win. It will be a case of the flood gates opening! He didn’t get a place in last weeks matchplay and a break will have done him a power of good. A sixth place finish at Houston a couple of years ago stands him in good stead and if he can bring his current form in to the tournament he is a lively looking outsider at big odds.