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PGA Tour: Cadence Bank Houston Open preview

World number two Scottie Scheffler is seeking to reclaim the top spot in the rankings this week, as he headlines a fine field at the Houston Open.

WhatHouston Open
WhereMemorial Park Golf Course, Houston, Texas
WhenFrom 12.40, Thursday 10th November
How to watchSky Sports Golf
OddsScottie Scheffler 11/2, Sam Burns 12/1, Aaron Wise 16/1, Tony Finau 18/1, Jason Day 22/1, Hideki Matsuyama 22/1

Scheffler had some bounce in his step over the weekend in the World Wide Technology Championship in Mexico, falling in love with his old putter again, closing with a round of 62 to finish tied for third place. Having charged up the leaderboard in Mexico, the Texas-based star is looking for home-state glory in Houston.

Scheffler can be backed at 11/2 for the Houston Open. He is gunning for his fifth victory of an incredible year. In February, Scheffler was a PGA Tour maiden, but he made his breakthrough in the Phoenix Open and has not looked back.

Scheffler won the WGC-Match Play Championship in Texas in March, so has shown he can raise his game in his home state, and he came close to winning last year's Houston Open. A Friday 62 propelled the US star into the thick of things at Memorial Park 12 months ago - and he went on to finish second behind Jason Kokrak.

Scheffler will be challenged this week by Sam Burns, who he partnered unsuccessfully in the Presidents Cup in September. The pair contributed only a half a point from three matches in unison, then neither man won their singles contest.

Burns, who has finished seventh at Memorial Park in each of the last two years, can be backed at 12/1 to triumph on Sunday. His fourth PGA Tour title came in Texas at Colonial in May.

Standard each-way terms of a quarter the odds, the first five places are available for the Houston Open, with other options on offer in the Each Way Extra section, including a fifth the odds, the first eight places.

Houston Open course details

Memorial Park Golf Course, Houston, Texas, is a 7,412-yard, par-70, with three par-fives, ten par-fours and five par-threes. 

The tournament used to be the last event before the Masters, but it switched to an autumn slot in 2019. The Golf Club of Houston hosted from 2006 to 2019, then Memorial Park took over. 

Sunny and warm weather is expected at the start of the competition, with cooler temperatures coming at the weekend. Light to moderate breezes are likely for all four days of action.

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Three to follow

Si Woo Kim

Players Championship glory at the age of 21 made Si Woo Kim look like a potential world-beater - and there is still plenty of time for this great talent to become a Major champion. The Korean might progress his career this week by winning the Houston Open.

Kim, a three-time PGA Tour champion at the age of 27, can be backed at 50/1 for the Houston Open. Those odds could be considered generous when September's Presidents Cup is put under the microscope. 

Kim won three points from four matches against the United States, defeating Justin Thomas in an epic singles contest. Kim lives in Texas and could be set to make waves in his adopted home state.

Davis Riley

The 35/1 about Davis Riley is proving popular, which is understandable given how much he has threatened a maiden PGA Tour title this year.

Riley, who lost a Valspar Championship playoff in March, played well in Texas in May, finishing ninth in the Byron Nelson and fourth at Colonial. One of his two Korn Ferry Tour victories came in Texas in the TPC San Antonio Championship.

Riley was 29th on his Memorial Park debut last year and 21st in Mexico last week. He seems ready to rumble in the Lone Star State.

Maverick McNealy

PGA Tour maiden Maverick McNealy has Memorial Park results of 20-19 and form figures of 10-12-18-10 from his last four events. The improving 25/1 chance seems a solid each-way investment.

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