Will young guns reign at Houston Open?

With only two of the world’s top 50 players in the field, this week’s Houston Open is primed for another assault from the PGA Tour’s young guns.

Through the first four events of the fall wraparound schedule, there have already been two first-time winners (Sebastian Munoz, Joaquin Niemann and a second-time winner in Cameron Champ.

Henrik Stenson
Henrik Stenson. (Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports)

Champ and Munoz are in the field this week, along with No. 37 Henrik Stenson and No. 43 Keegan Bradley.

A few good bets to take home the $1.35 million winner’s share of the $7.5 million purse:

Stenson (+850 by PointsBet): The two-time Houston Open runner-up will play a domestic fall event for the first time in the wraparound season. He has a strong track record on the course and will be battling a mediocre field.

Champ (+2200) won the Safeway Open before missing the cut last week.

Pat Perez (+2800) is finally healthy and a sneaky pick coming off a solo third last week.

Scottie Scheffler (+2800) was named the Korn Ferry Tour player of the year and is already playing his fifth event of the season as he attempts to secure his first PGA Tour victory.

Kyle Stanley (+4000) comes in under the radar with a game that hasn’t been in great shape for several months, but he’s one of the Tour’s best pure ball-strikers, which could stand out against a weaker field.

Of Note: Houston native and University of Texas sophomore Cole Hammer (+20000) will make his second career PGA Tour start on a sponsor’s exemption. His first was as a 15-year-old at the 2015 U.S. Open. … The Monday qualifiers include Jeremy Gandon, 22, and Logan McCracken, who will both make their PGA Tour debuts. The other two are George Cunningham and Andy Zhang, who was the youngest player to ever qualify for the U.S. Open as a 14-year-old in 2012. All four are +50000 longshots.



Winner’s Odds (PointsBet)

Brooks Koepka: +1000
Rory McIlroy: +1000
Dustin Johnson: +1200
Jon Rahm: +1800
Justin Rose: +1800
Tommy Fleetwood: +2200
Jordan Spieth: +2500
Justin Thomas: +2500
Rickie Fowler: +2500
Tiger Woods: +2500
Francesco Molinari: +2800
Xander Schauffele: +2800
Adam Scott: +3300
Henrik Stenson: +3300
Hideki Matsuyama: +3300
Jason Day: +3300
Patrick Cantlay: +3300
Bryson Dechambeau: +4000
Shane Lowry: +4000
Louis Oosthuizen: +5000
Matthew Fitzpatrick: +5000
Paul Casey: +5000
Sergio Garcia: +5000
Tony Finau: +5000
Danny Willett: +6600
Eddie Pepperell: +6600
Gary Woodland: +6600
Matt Kuchar: +6600
Matt Wallace: +6600
Patrick Reed: +6600
Rafael Cabrera Bello: +6600
Tyrrell Hatton: +6600
Bernd Wiesberger: +8000
Ian Poulter: +8000
Lee Westwood: +8000
Marc Leishman: +8000
Martin Kaymer: +8000
Phil Mickelson: +8000
Webb Simpson: +8000
Alex Noren: +10000
Branden Grace: +10000
Hao Tong Li: +10000
Brandt Snedeker: +12500
Bubba Watson: +12500
Cameron Smith: +12500
Erik Van Rooyen: +12500
Graeme McDowell: +12500
Lucas Bjerregaard: +12500
Thomas Pieters: +12500
Thorbjorn Olesen: +12500
Zach Johnson: +12500
Andy Sullivan: +15000
Billy Horschel: +15000
Byeong-Hun An: +15000
Joaquin Niemann: +15000
Keegan Bradley: +15000
Kevin Kisner: +15000
Robert MacIntyre: +15000
Russell Knox: +15000
Sung-Jae Im: +15000
Tom Lewis: +15000
Aaron Wise: +20000
Abraham Ancer: +20000
Andrew Johnston: +20000
Dylan Frittelli: +20000
Emiliano Grillo: +20000
Jim Furyk: +20000
Mike Lorenzo-Vera: +20000
Padraig Harrington: +20000

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)