2020 Vivint Houston Open Odds and Picks

Dustin Johnson lines up putt

DJ is the favorite in the final tuneup before August National (Photo by David John Griffin/Icon Sportswire)

  • The Vivint Houston Open from Memorial Park Golf Course tees off Thursday, November 5th
  • Dustin Johnson is the heavy favorite to win outright over Tyrrell Hatton and Brooks Koepka
  • We’ve narrowed down the golfers with the best chance of emerging victorious and provided the best value bets below

The final tune-up before the Masters tees off is at the Vivint Houston Open and the tournament has a new venue, having moved to Memorial Park Golf Course for its first PGA Tour event since 1963. It also marks the first time since the PGA Tour returned following the COVID-19 shutdown where fans will be able to attend in the United States.

Several big names will be teeing it up as they prepare for Augusta National, with Dustin Johnson the overwhelming favorite over a red hot Tyrrell Hatton and Brooks Koepka, who’s playing for the second time after returning from injury.

Koepka will have immediate familiarity with this track, having helped with the redesign project for the course.

Last year unheralded Lanto Griffin broke through for his first tour title at this tournament.

2020 Vivint Houston Open Odds

Golfer Odds
Dustin Johnson +700
Tyrrell Hatton +1600
Brooks Koepka +1800
Hideki Matsuyama +2000
Tony Finau +2000
Scottie Scheffler +2000
Russell Henley +2200
Adam Scott +2600
Viktor Hovland +2600
Sungjae Im +3100
Jason Day +3400
Sergio Garcia +3400
Doc Redman +4000
Lanto Griffin +4000
Corey Conners +4500
Si Woo Kim +4500
Jordan Spieth +4800
Zach Johnson +5500
Shane Lowry +5500
Brian Harman +5500

Odds taken November 2nd from FanDuel

DJ Competing for First Time Since Positive COVID Test

Nobody in the world of golf has been playing as well as Dustin Johnson has in his previous five tournaments, which resulted in two victories, a pair of runner-ups and a T-6 showing at the US Open.

He was all set to play in both the CJ Cup and ZOZOChampionship, but a positive coronavirus test saw him have to withdraw from those events.

DJ isn’t the only big name competing this week following a positive test, with Adam Scott also doing so. While his efforts squarely focused on the season’s final major at the Masters next week, I find it hard to believe Johnson will expend a lot of energy that he might not have to lap the field in Houston.

As the overwhelming +700 favorite, those odds simply aren’t enticing for any player at any event, let alone someone who’s not competed in almost two months.

Last Five Vivint Houston Open Champions

Year Winner
2019 Lanto Griffin (-14)
2018 Ian Poulter (-19) [Playoff]
2017 Russell Henley (-20)
2016 Jim Herman (-15)
2015 J.B. Holmes (-16) [Playoff]

*All tournaments were not contested at this year’s golf course

Vivint Houston Open Best Value Picks

  1. Doc Redman (+4000): The first victory for the 22-year-old prodigy doesn’t feel far off. Led last week’s Bermuda Championship after 54 holes before eventually settling for a T-4 result. In his last six events, has also posted a pair of T-3’s at the Safeway Open and Wyndham Championship.
  2. Wyndham Clark (+6500): Came heartbreakingly close to breaking into the winner’s circle at the Bermuda Championship, missing a short putt on the 72nd hole for victory then missing another short one in the playoff to lose to Brian Gay. Was T-13 his previous tournament also.
  3. Francesco Molinari (+15000): Huge deep dive long shot with big time boom or bust potential. On talent alone, should be nowhere near these astronomical odds. Playing in just his second start worldwide since the COVID-19 pandemic halted play, Molinari hadn’t been playing very well even before it. However, these odds are simply too juicy to not take a flier on, after Brian Gay won as a similar 200-1 darkhorse a week ago.
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