Houston Open Preview: Henley Likes Houston
Houston Open Preview: Henley Likes Houston

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

The PGA Tour heads to Texas this week for the Houston Open. It's an event that can only be described as a shell of what it used to be. Sorry, low hanging fruit. Seriously, though, while this event was never on par with other big non-major tournaments, it once drew a halfway decent field. But now with its relegation to the fall season, the big names have mostly given up on this event. 

We still have a few big nam ... nah heck, I can't even do it. The only "big name" in the field this week is Henrik Stenson and it's been a while since he played like a "big name." While the elite golfers are somewhere else, there are still a few who can move the needle, but they are certainly outnumbered by the more obscure golfers this week. In other words, this looks like a spot for someone to break through for their first PGA Tour win. 

We have plenty of track history this week, which should aid us in figuring out who that first-timer might be. However, this event was traditionally held in April and we can't know for certain if it will play the same in October.  I'll still use course history in obvious situations, though.     

This Week: Houston Open – Golf Club of Houston, Houston 

Last Year: This event was not held last year. Ian Poulter topped Beau Hossler the year prior.  

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Henrik Stenson (10-1)

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