Golf tips: Watch our trader highlight 45/1 outsider for Houston Open glory

Paddy Power golf trader Iain McLaughlin is backing Corey Conners at the Houston Open.

Corey Conners CJ Cup Shadow Creek October 16, 2020


It’s a new course at Memorial Park this year, and it’s a very different feeling in the golfing world. The Houston Open is usually the precursor to The Masters, but it usually happens in April and obviously now we’re seven months forward in an ever-changing landscape.

So it’s a new golf course and couple the big guns are out there this week, getting a prep run in before Augusta next week. That means hopefully we can find some value elsewhere.

Corey Conners

I’m looking for guys who could be also-rans next week or guys who are looking for a win, taking on the guys who are expected to head the market next week and are just looking to prep their games.

So the first one to look at is COREY CONNERS. He’s been quiet over the last couple of months but he was eighth last time out at the Zozo Championship, which I thought was really encouraging. His overall game looked in great order and he’s always been a high-level ball striker. The problem that stops him from going to the top 50 or top 30 in the world is his putting, but he had his best putting performance of the last six months last time out.

As we say, it’s a new course this year but Connors has played well in the state of Texas. He was 2019 Texas Open champion and he also had a couple of strong finishes at the Colonial, Fort Worth which is not too far away from Memorial Park. I think a repeat of his putting performance at the Zozo Championship would see him go very close to victory this week.

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Corey Conners Zozo Championship October 25, 2020

James Hahn

At a bigger price is JAMES HAHN. Like Connors, he’s been quiet over the last few months but his game has really come to life in the last two months. I was shocked when looking through on Monday? His last three tour starts have yielded ninth, sixth and fifth-place finishes.

And on his last outing at the Shriners Open he led the field in strokes getting to the green, and that was a really strong field with the likes of Bryson DeChambeau, Matthew Wolff and Hideki Matsuyama all there. So he led them all due to his long game and, much like I mentioned with Connors, a decent week on the greens should see Han go pretty well this week too.

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