Pro Picks: Shell Houston Open

Jeff Newton

The Picks

Harry Arnett (SVP, Marketing)
Harry’s Pick
: Gary Woodland, Colt Knost, Bobby Gates

My losing streak continues. I’m kind of the Bizarro Miami Heat here and I’m getting desperate. I’m looking for all kinds of mojo. Matty Haneline, aka MattyGolfClub talked to me the other day about the concept of the “slump buster” but it was totally different from getting out of this slump.

So rather than pick Ishikawa, List, and Grace, which was what I was going to do, I’m going all Texas to win the SHO.

Gary Woodland (used to live in Dallas)
Colt Knost (still lives in Dallas)
Bobby Gates (lives in Houston)

One of these Texans or former Texans will in fact be holding up the Golden Gas Pump (once again I don’t know what the trophy is at the Shell Houston Open) on Sunday afternoon.


Greg Sabella (Marketing Director – Odyssey/Golf Ball)
Greg’s Picks: Phil Mickelson, Sang-Moon Bae, Brian Stuard

Mickelson – Usually bounces back after missing a cut, so look for Phil to have a strong week in TX. Prep for Augusta is now peaking.

Bae – Tourney starts on Thursday and there was a full Moon on Wed night…get it? Can’t mess with that Karma!

Stuard – Week after week, this guy makes cuts and $. He is ready for a win. Enough said.

Jason Finley (Marketing Director – Woods/Irons)
Jason’s Picks: Mickelson, List, Chris Kirk

Editor’s Note: While Mickelson has had success here in the past, including his win in 2011, List is now second on Tour in driving distance, right behind fellow Callaway staffer Nicolas ColsaertsFor Kirk, it’s been a season of solid scores, great putting and consistent finishes

Kirk is 15th in the FedExCup standings and he’s already made almost $1.1 million in his first season with Callaway. He’s 6th on Tour in storkes gained – putting, 6th in scoring average and 7th in the all-around ranking. How’s that for a great start to the year?

Jeff Newton

Jeff Newton (Tour Beat Writer)
Jeff’s Picks: Anyone Except Phil Mickelson…(Don’t Worry, I’ll Explain)

I’ll be honest, if Phil Mickelson is in the field there’s usually about a 90% chance I’m going to take him. Call me crazy, but when a 41-time PGA Tour winner is on the board, I tend to want him on my team.

Phil’s one of my guys almost any time he tees it up and in fact one of the few times I passed on him this year was at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. It was too easy, I thought, to pick a guy who dominated an event so often throughout his career. I talked myself out of taking him and look where that got me.

You know the rest; Lefty flirted with 59, finished at 28-under for the week and dominated with his RAZR Fit Xtreme Driver.

Now that he’s teeing it up at another venue where he’s had so much success, I’m employing the same strategy, if that’s even the right word. It makes too much sense to pick him here, so I’m going to reverse course again and take the field on this one.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Reverse Jinx 101! Class is now in session. If my streak stays intact, Phil will be making another victory speech on Sunday. If he gets the win, I can always say I told you so (sort of).

The Final Word

We’re really high on Mickelson and Woodland. Who do you got this week? Let us know in the comments section!

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