This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open
Memorial Park Golf Course
The PGA Tour heads to Texas for the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open. Is it just me, or do the names of these fall events get longer every year?
Anyhow, after having a relatively star-studded field last week, we are back to a fairly standard list of golfers for a November tournament. There are a couple big names, but the depth of the field takes a bit of a hit compared to this past week.
Speaking of, Viktor Hovland successfully defended his title at Mayakoba – a natural step in the progression to greatness. Not winning that tournament in particular, but successfully defending at any event. It's not easy to go back-to-back. There's much more to deal with than usual, so having the ability to put that aside – especially when you are expected to play well again and wind up not only winning, but doing so against some stiff competition – well, that's a sign that Hovland is not content with being just good. He wants to be great and he's well on his way.
There is player of similar stature in the field this week, and that's Sam Burns, whose rise has come fast and furious. Burns might be a bit behind Hovland's timeline at the moment, but wait until you see where he lands on this week's odds chart.
Carlos Ortiz shot a final-round 65 on his way to a two-stroke victory over