When: March 30 - April 2, 2017
Where: Golf Club of Houston, Humble, Texas
Format: 72 holes - Stroke Play
Defending Champion: Jim Herman
TV Coverage: Golf Channel, CBS
The PGA Tour travels to Texas for the 2017 Shell Houston Open, which gets started March 30 - April 2, 2017. Since 2007, the tournament has been held the week before the Masters, giving the players one last chance to grab a win and earn an exemption into the first major of the year. You can catch all the action on the Golf Channel and CBS.
Formerly Redstone Golf Club, the Golf Club of Houston Tournament course has been the host layout since 2003. The track measures 7,441 yards and plays to a par 72. Rees Jones designed the venue in 2005 with David Toms consulting and it has been a success ever since. This will be the 11th consecutive year the layout has hosted the event. Built across a wooded landscape in Houston’s suburbs, Jones made sure to preserve the natural lakes and wetlands that define the layout. The putting surfaces will be fast to try and emulate the speed of next week’s Augusta greens.
Defending champion Jim Herman will be challenged by the likes of Phil Mickelson and Paul Casey in what should be a star-studded field. Others scheduled to play include Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen.
The players last chance to qualify for next week’s Masters is this week at the Shell Houston Open. If a player can win, he gets in next week, similar to what Jim Herman did last year when he came out of nowhere to hoist the trophy and get an invite to play in the Masters. This year’s betting field features world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and five of the top 10 in the world rankings and 11 of the top 25. No.5 Henrik Stenson +1150, No.6 Jordan Spieth +600, No.8 Adam Scott +2000 and No.9 Rickie Fowler +1500 are the other top-10 players competing this week. UPDATE: Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from the field. Continue...
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The Shell Houston Open tournament was also known as the Houston Open, the Houston Classic, the Houston Classic International, the Michelob-Houston Open, the Houston Coca-Cola Open, the Big "I" Houston Open, and the Independent Insurance Agent Open. Since 2003, the Shell Open has been hosted at Redstone Golf Course, in Humble, Texas.
In the past, the golf tournament has been played at many of the Houston areas best courses. In the early years it was played at Memorial Golf Course, and was also played at Champions Golf Club, which is widely regarded as one of the better golf courses in Texas. As well, a couple of courses just outside the Houston city limits, Quail Valley and TPC at The Woodlands.
Over the years the Shell Houston Open has had many great winners. Included in the list of winners of the Shell are great golfers like: Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Curtis Strange, Fred Couples and Vijay Singh. In fact, Palmer won the Shell Open twice and both Singh and Strange have won it three times each.
Georgia native Russell Henley has locked up the final spot at the US Masters after surging to a three-stroke victory at the Houston Open in Texas.
Henley wielded a hot putter to surge past a faltering Kang Sung-hoon, reeling off three consecutive birdies from the 13th hole at the Golf Club of Houston.
He carded a 65 to finish at 20-under-par 268 for his third PGA Tour victory. Kang, who needed to win to qualify for the Masters, never got his final round off the launch pad, battling to a 72.
The South Korean preserved sole second place by sinking a 15-foot par putt at the last to finish at 17-under, a stroke better than Americans Rickie Fowler and Luke List.
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