2015 Shell Houston Open fantasy golf picks, betting tips
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2015 Shell Houston Open fantasy golf picks, betting tips


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This the last chance to qualify for the Masters: win the Shell Houston Open or else find yourself on the couch like the rest of us.

The Golf Club of Houston (the erstwhile Redstone Golf Club) once again hosts the tune-up before the year's first major. Matt Jones is defending champion of the event, with a strong field of players getting their final tournament play in before heading down Magnolia Lane.

RELATED: 2015 Shell Houston Open betting odds

No dice on Jimmy Walker last week, but we had most of the rest of the top 10 of the event, including Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson, as well Jason Kokrak and Kevin Na.

Now, on to the picks!

1. Jordan Spieth -- Spieth is going to be great this week (Masters Lite) and next week (Masters Heavy) because his short game is out of sight. He said this course makes him uncomfortable, but he's been out of this world this season.

2. Patrick Reed -- Patrick Reed doesn't need a boost of confidence, but GC of Houston could help him feel very good going into a second crack at Augusta National as a pro.

3. J.B. Holmes -- Holmes has been playing some great golf, missed cut at Bay Hill aside. He's been in the top 12 three times since 2009, including a playoff loss in '09.

4. Jimmy Walker -- Walker's not going to mail in an event in his home state, but it's hard not to think he won't be tired from a hometown win. However, you have to love him at the Masters.

5. Lee Westwood -- Westwood seems to have found some consistency, making all six PGA Tour cuts this season including three in the Florida Swing. Never missed a cash in Houston.

6. Matt Kuchar -- Kooch lost the Battle of the Matts last year, but was T-8 in his prior two Houston appearances. Was T-15 in San Antonio.

7. Matt Jones -- The defending champion here has been playing pretty well and is coming off a T-26 finish at a tough Texas Open track. But the win last year was an aberration in Houston: three MCs and a T-38 finish.

8. Jason Kokrak -- Kokrak nearly had a third straight top-10 finish at San Antonio, but came up just shy. He was ninth here two years ago, so he has some good vibes on this course. Needs a breakthrough win for a Masters berth.

9. Louis Oosthuizen -- The South African could be a sexy sneaky pick for the Masters. Though he missed the cut at Tampa, he was sixth at Doral and T-9 at Bay Hill. Playing well, but has to stay healthy.

10. Phil Mickelson -- Mickelson is trying to work through a funk, and a place where he won in 2011 is a great place to do it. Mickelson is 119th in strokes gained putting. Even worse, he only hits the green 58 percent of the time. Were this July, he'd not get a mention. But it's April.

My DraftKings team for this week:

1. Louis Oosthuizen - $9,300
2. J.B. Holmes - $9,300
3. Lee Westwood - $9,200
4. Brendan Steele - $8,300
5. Daniel Berger - $7,500
6. Jeff Overton - $5,800


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