It is the week before the first and most exciting major of the season — The Masters — but first the players contend at the Shell Houston Open. A lot of people hope that Ernie Els will win this week because the winner earns a place at The Masters. I think it would be great if Ernie does win but I’m voting on other guys this week.
Here are my picks for this week:
(1) Keegan Bradley — Keegan did not play last week and he fell apart during the final round of the Transitions tournament so I’m banking on the fact that he will have a “fire in his belly” to do really well. He has 2 top 10 finishes and has been in the top 25 in all 8 tournaments he has played in this year.
(2) Kevin Steelman — Steelman is another player that did not play last week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He did well at the Transitions (tied for 10th) and he has had two top 10 finishes this year.
(3) Henrik Stenson — I have not picked Stenson before but he looks like a good bet so he is my “what the heck” pick this week. In his three PGA tournaments in 2012 he has finished in the top 25 and finished third in Puerto Rico.
(4) James Driscoll — I have picked Driscoll before and decided to go with him again. He did not make the cut last year at the Shell Houston Open but I am hoping he learned something in 2011 and will know the course better and make the cut this year.
So, you may have noticed I did not pick Phil Mickelson (the defending champion). Well, I just don’t want to pick him since I feel like every time I do pick him he doesn’t play well — silly, I know, but this is just for fun so “silly logic” makes sense to me!