The Shell Houston Open has attracted a number of the world’s top players once again, with many looking to tune up their game in time for the Masters at Augusta. Phil Mickelson is the major inclusion as he looks to rediscover his form ahead of his defence at Augusta this year. The left-hander has been horribly out of touch since the turn of the year, culminating in his 55th place finish at the WGC-Cadillac Championships a few weeks ago.
Mickelson is looking to pick up his fourth title at Augusta but is well aware that he needs to find some form and the latest Masters Golf betting reflects this.
“I need more competitive golf. I’m not getting the scores I need to shoot,” he said.
While Mickelson’s form may put off many from backing him to go level with Tiger Woods on four Masters titles this year, there will still be plenty who will look back to the similarities from this time last year. The 40-year old was in similar form heading to Augusta last year, only to turn in on big time as he romped to a three-shot victory ahead of the rest of the field.
Runner-up from last year’s tournament, Lee Westwood, will join Mickelson in Houston at this event. The world number two will be looking to win a mental battle with a strong showing this week. The duo will once again most likely be in or around the top of the leaderboard once again this year and a decent showing here by either could give them the advantage.