Scottie Scheffler can make it three wins in a row in Houston

Scottie Scheffler is playing well he’s a country mile ahead of his rivals (Picture: Getty Images)

There’s some way to go before he matches the incredible 11 successive PGA Tour victories registered by Byron Nelson nearly 70 years ago but Scottie Scheffler looks unbeatable as he chases a third win in a row at the Houston Open.

It should be some week for the world’s best golfer who warms up with the weather at this time of year, having won four of six events as spring approached in 2022. The last of those wins was when he won The Masters at an Augusta and its picturesque Magnolia Drive.

Last year was a little quieter but Scheff still lifted trophies at the Phoenix Open and the Players and he’s started another streak by defending the latter title at Sawgrass a fortnight ago after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Although he grew up in Texas, Scheffler was born in New Jersey and is a big fan of baseball’s New York Yankees so he can relax after 18 holes at Memorial by driving just five miles east of the golf course to watch the Bronx Bombers open their MLB campaign with three games against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

He can certainly hit a home run for punters by winning the tournament at 11/4 with most top bookmakers and although the odds are short they are definitely worth taking.

Scheffler is the only player to have beaten Wyndham Clark in his last two starts and the Pebble Beach Pro-Am champion is 12/1 with Ladbrokes and Coral to get one better at the third attempt. It’s probably best to back him each way given Scheff’s superiority to every other golfer in the planet though.

Australian Jason Day is rounding into some good form

Australian Jason Day is rounding into some good form (Picture: Getty Images)

Our other each-ways include Jason Day who will whack the ball a distance down the inviting Memorial fairways and who has been playing well enough to chalk up three top-ten finishes so far this year.

He is 22/1 with Ladbrokes and Coral and don’t overlook Andrew Novak. He’s flown under golf’s radar to register T8 finishes at Phoenix and in Mexico before a T9 at the Cognizant.

That run was ended when he missed the cut at the Players but Novak bounced back last week with a T17 at the Valero and is worth an each-way dabble at 80/1 with Sky Bet while appealing at 4/1 with Paddy Power, Betfair and SpreadEx for a top 20 finish.

• Luke Humphries faces Luke Littler in a repeat of their world championship final when this week’s Premier League Darts is held in Belfast. Humphries has won the last three Thursday night affairs in Brighton, Nottingham and Dublin and can win his quarter-final with Littler at 4/6 with Sporting Index and SpreadEx. Michael van Gerwen is 4/6 with William Hill to beat Michael Smith, Gerwyn Price is 8/13 with Sky Bet to defeat Nathan Aspinall and Rob Cross is 8/11 to beat Peter Wright by more than 1.5 legs.

• Leicester, QPR, Portsmouth and Tranmere form Good Friday’s Football League acca.


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