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Texas Children's Houston Open: Daily Fantasy Picks and Helper

Zack Bussiere
Zack Bussiere@ZackBussiere
Texas Children's Houston Open: Daily Fantasy Picks and Helper

Peter Malnati’s victory at the Valspar Championship on Sunday ended the 2024 Florida swing. Now, the PGA Tour heads to Memorial Park for the Texas Children’s Houston Open.

Here's all you need to know for this week’s event.

Texas Children’s Houston Open Event Info

  • Recent Winning Scores: -16, -10, -13
  • Recent Cut Lines: E, +1, +3

Memorial Park Course Info

All course data from GCSAA unless otherwise noted.

  • Par: 70
  • Distance: 7,412 (long for a Par 70)
  • Average Fairway Width: 31.4 yards (36th of 87 courses)
  • Average Green Size: 7,000
  • Green Type: Poa
  • Stimpmeter: N/A

Memorial Park Key Stats

Texas Children’s Houston Open Daily Fantasy Targets

These picks stand out relative to their FanDuel daily fantasy golf salary. All stats cited below originate at datagolf and reference ranks relative to the field over the past 50 rounds unless otherwise noted. All betting odds come from the golf betting odds at FanDuel Sportsbook.

Texas Children’s Houston Open Daily Fantasy Studs

Scottie Scheffler ($12,800 | +260)

After a one-week break, Scottie Scheffler is back in action. At this point, Scheffler’s world-class ball striking is nothing new. He ranks first in the field in total strokes gained, strokes gained: tee to green, strokes gained: off the tee, second in strokes gained: approach, and fifth in strokes gained: around the green.

What is even more impressive is the margins by which Scheffler ranks first in these categories. In total strokes gained per round his lead over the next closest golfer, Sahith Theegala, sits at +1.25. In strokes gained: tee to green, his margin over second-ranked Tony Finau sits at an absurd +1.73. In strokes gained: off the tee, his margin is +0.23 over Kevin Dougherty in second place. Scheffler is the best ball-striker in the world, and this week, he is the best in the field by a significant margin.

Since making the switch to his mallet-style putter, Scheffler has gained strokes putting in six of his eight rounds. The only two rounds where he lost strokes with the flat stick were his first competitive round with the new putter, Thursday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational (API) (-1.59), and Friday at THE PLAYERS Championship (-0.69) when he suffered a neck injury early in his round.

In his seven events in 2024, Scheffler has finished no worse than T17, including six top 10s, four top 5s, and two wins. In the last 11 events where he has gained strokes putting, Scheffler has finished no worse than T12 with four wins and nine top 5s. In his three events at Memorial Park, he has finished T32, T2, and T9.

Sahith Theegala ($11,300 | +2000)

Theegala enters this week in excellent form with finishes of T6 (Bay Hill) and T9 (THE PLAYERS) in his last two events. There are few weaknesses in his game at the moment. He is the only golfer in the field that ranks inside the top 15 in every strokes gained category. He ranks 2nd in total strokes gained and strokes gained: putting, 4th in strokes gained: tee to green, 14th in strokes gained: approach, and 15th in both strokes gained: off the tee and around the green. He is also 30th in the field in driving distance.

The flat stick has been a real strength for Theegala in 2024. He has gained strokes: putting in seven of his eight events, including each of his last six. At THE PLAYERS Championship, he led a stacked field in strokes gained with the flat stick (+2.23). He has gained strokes off the tee in four consecutive events entering this week. His approach play has been hit or miss this season, but he is coming off a good week at THE PLAYERS and has all the pieces to compete in Houston.

Others to Consider:

  • Wyndham Clark ($12,100 | +1200)
  • Tony Finau ($11,800 | +2200)
  • Tom Hoge ($10,600 | +5000)
  • Jake Knapp ($10,000 | +6000)

Texas Children’s Houston Open Daily Fantasy Mid-Range Plays

Kurt Kitayama ($9,900 | +5500)

Kurt Kitayama bounced back from a missed cut at the API to finish T19 at THE PLAYERS. He is 20th in the field in strokes gained: tee to green, 23rd in strokes gained: off the tee, and 33rd in strokes gained: approach. Putting his been a concern; Kitayama is 100th in the field in strokes gained: putting, but he has improved lately with strokes gained with the flat stick in three of his last four events -- including his last two.

Taylor Moore ($9,300 | +8000)

Taylor Moore has made the cut in all eight of his events this season and is coming off his best finish of 2024 – a T12 at the Valspar Championship.

The weak point in Moore’s game is his accuracy off the tee, which should hurt him less here than at other courses. He ranks 33rd in driving distance, 29th in strokes gained: around the green, 31st in total strokes gained, 32nd in strokes gained: approach, and 59th in strokes gained: putting.

He has missed the cut in both of his appearances here -- primarily due to poor approach play. He enters this week having gained strokes on approach in four of his last five events, including +1.45 strokes per round at the Valspar Championship last week.

Others to Consider:

  • Patrick Rodgers ($9,800 | +8000)
  • Luke List ($9,700 | +8000)
  • Doug Ghim ($9,600 | +7000)

Texas Children’s Houston Open Daily Fantasy Value Plays

Matt Wallace ($8,700 | +15000)

Matt Wallace is coming off a T17 finish at the Valspar Championship. It was a bounce-back performance that came after missing the cut in four of his previous six events. Impressively, at a difficult Innisbrook Resort Course, Wallace finished this week with strokes gained in every category.

This week, Wallace ranks 11th in the field in strokes gained: putting, 33rd in strokes gained: around the green, and 47th in strokes gained: approach. He is 47th in driving distance, which should help him at this longer, Par 70 set up.

Dylan Wu ($7,700 | +22000)

After an up-and-down start to his season, Dylan Wu has performed well over the last month with three finishes of T26 or better in his last four events. Wu is more accurate (36th in accuracy) than long (109th in driving distance), but he is 19th in the field in strokes gained: putting and 56th in total stokes gained. His approach play in his last two events has been excellent, with +1.24 stokes gained on approach per round at THE PLAYERS and +0.95 gained per round at the Valspar Championship.

His lack of driving distance is a concern, but he finished T24 at the Mexico Open at Vidanta Vallarta in February, which has the longest par 4s and 5s on the PGA Tour. He gained strokes in every category that week.

Others to Consider:

  • Joel Dahmen ($8,800 | +9000)
  • Joseph Bramlett ($8,600 | +15000)
  • Chandler Phillips ($8,400 | +12000)

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