A lack of safe options up top looks set to really spread out ownerships in the mid range with a really weak Houston Open field causing coaches headaches at selection.

After Henrik Stenson at the very top it gets pretty dicey pretty quickly in terms of safety at the selection table, so we’re playing a pretty straight bat this week, not worrying about the chalk and just picking guys either in form or with good pedigree who can jump up the leaderboard in this vastly weaker field.


Tom Lewis ($8,000): Taking advantage of a pretty significant mis-price in terms of calibre of golfer. Lewis’ form on the PGA Tour has not been great, but he won the Korn Ferry Champs a few months ago and also finished T11 at The Open in July. A T5 at the Alfred Dunhill two weeks ago as well. By far the best low priced guy available, should be very chalky and is still risky, but unlike most of the guys around him, he can win this if on.

Daniel Berger ($19,730): Four top 25’s at this course and has been playing pretty well recently, no reason why he can’t win this given how poor the quality of top end talent is. Pretty safe guy to make the weekend and with Lewis’ min price, we can afford to splash the rest of our cash on top guys.

Russel Henley ($19,310): Normally Henley would be priced around 13-14k but such is the dearth of talent here, Henley finds himself fifth on the price list. It’s a heavy price to pay but his recent form has been solid and his course form here is amazing. Five finishes T8 or better in the last five years! Likely to be 50-60% owned though so if you’re brave enough and he misses the cut you are probably cashing if your alternate hits.

Scottie Scheffler ($19,110): He has not gone on with things over the weekend as he did at the lower levels but it is a matter of time. Hopefully his ‘choke’ last week gets some people off him. Expect he will be over 40% owned though in this field. Cannot see him missing the weekend.

Harris English ($16,890): 3/3 cuts made to start the swing season including two top tens. He missed the Shriners last week which may depress his ownership a little but anyone looking at the box scores will be drawn to his 3-game average. Has the skillset to contend here.

Cameron Tringale ($16,090): He has showed sustained signs this season that his turnaround with the driver is locked in and if that’s the case, Tringale will be a threat in much deeper fields than this one. If he gets it right off the tee this week he will not only make the cut, but go very deep into Sunday. More chalk to eat though… a num num num!

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