Ernie Els suffered a muddy end at Bay Hill but we feel he can bounce back
Some see this week as a little like the calm before the storm, with many big names keeping their powder dry ahead of the Masters, but the Shell Houston Open has a hugely intriguing look to it with world No. 3 Lee Westwood in the field.
The event always has an interesting subplot, as the carrot that is dangled before those outside the world's top 50 is a place in the Masters field with victory.
The focus in recent weeks has been on Ernie Els' bid to secure a place in the Masters. The South African, a winner of three majors, had a fine chance at Bay Hill last week. He needed to finish third to qualify and when stood on the 17th tee, he was on course. But he misjudged a tee shot which sploshed into the bank of the lake. He attempted to hack out, but ended up with a face full of mud and his chance disappeared.
It was a disappointing end, but Els has spoken of his determination to secure his place at Augusta - he has not missed the opening major of the year since 1993 - and he looked in good form at Bay Hill. One thing is certain: he will not be going through the motions and as such the 28/1 on offer is likely to give us a run for our money deep into the weekend.
Lee Westwood 10/1
Phil Mickelson 12/1
Steve Stricker 16/1
Keegan Bradley 18/1
Hunter Mahan 20/1
Charl Schwartzel 20/1