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Bet on Levin to collect deserved maiden PGA Tour win

| 30.03.2011

Spencer Levin may have thrown away victory from a strong position in the recent Arnold Palmer Invitational, but there are many reasons to believe that he can get across the finish line at the Shell Houston Open.

Levin eventually finished sixth at Bay Hill after his closing round 76, but he has been highly consistent on the PGA Tour this season, making the cut in nine of his ten tournaments and finishing in the top 25 on six occasions.

He may be disappointed not to have won a maiden PGA Tour event in this form streak, but the Shell Houston Open has been a good tournament for first-time winners in recent years.

Johnson Wagner triumphed in the event in 2008 and Paul Casey followed up 12 months later, both collecting first PGA Tour wins in the process.

Levin is 50/1 in the golf betting to win the Shell Houston Open and has the added advantage of having performed smartly in windy conditions already this season.

He held the early lead at the wind-swept Honda Classic earlier this month and was well in contention at the aforementioned Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Furthermore, no player has carded more birdies on the PGA Tour this season than Levin, while he will also know that nothing less than a victory will provide him with a place in the Masters next week.

Good putting and scrambling skills are among the most valuable to have at Redstone, as Anthony Kim proved when winning the tournament last year, despite ranking last in terms of hitting fairways from the tee.

Matt Kuchar and Jason Day both feature prominently in the PGA Tour statistics in these areas and are 12/1 and 40/1 respectively to win the Shell Houston Open.

A £20 stake on Levin winning the Shell Houston Open would return £1000. New customers can sign up here to take advantage of free bets totalling up to £60.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.