Shell Houston Open

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Shell Houston Open
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Tournament information
Location near Humble, Texas
Established 1946,[1] 70 years ago
Course(s) Golf Club of Houston
Par 72
Length 7,457 yards (6,819 m)
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $6.8 million
Month played April
Tournament record score
Aggregate 266 Curtis Strange (1980)
266 Lee Trevino (1980)
266 Vijay Singh (2002)
To par −22 Vijay Singh (2002)
Current champion
United States Jim Herman
Houston is located in USA
Houston
Houston
Location in the United States
Golf Club  of Houston is located in Texas
Golf Club  of Houston
Golf Club  
of Houston
Location in Texas

The Shell Houston Open is a regular golf tournament on the PGA Tour, currently played in late March or early April at the Golf Club of Houston (formerly known as Redstone Golf Club) in unincorporated area in Harris County, Texas, near Humble and northeast of Houston. Shell and the Houston Golf Association are the main sponsors of the tournament. The purse was $6.6 million in 2015, with a winner's share of $1,188,000.

The event was played at several Houston venues until the 1970s, starting 70 years ago at River Oaks Country Club in 1946 before moving to Memorial Park Golf Course in 1947 and, after a year off, moving again to Pine Forest Country Club in 1949 and BraeBurn Country Club in 1950. After this period of wandering, the tournament settled in at Memorial Park from 1951–1963. In 1964 and again in 1965, the event was played at Sharpstown Country Club, before moving to Champions Golf Club from 1966–1971 and Westwood Country Club in 1972.

The tournament ventured outside of Houston in 1973 and was played at Quail Valley Country Club in Missouri City. The event relocated to The Woodlands in 1975, at Woodlands Country Club until 1984, then at the TPC at The Woodlands through 2002. It moved to its current location, The Golf Club of Houston in Humble, in 2003. Initially played at the Members Course, it moved to the Tournament Course in 2006. It was known as Redstone Golf Club until December 2013.[2][3]

Since 2007, the tournament has been held the week before the Masters Tournament, giving golfers one last chance to get into the field through a win. The tournament also has up to four additional sponsor exemptions to enable nonmember Masters-qualified professionals from the top 100 of the OWGR to compete in the U.S. in the week prior to the Masters.[4]

Course layout[edit]

Main article: Golf Club of Houston

Tournament Course

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 397 429 398 566 480 464 174 557 238 3,703 380 441 338 590 216 608 204 489 488 3,754 7,457
Par 4 4 4 5 4 4 3 5 3 36 4 4 4 5 3 5 3 4 4 36 72

Source:[5]

Winners[edit]

Year Player Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up 1st prize ($) Purse ($)
Shell Houston Open
2016 Jim Herman  United States 273 −15 1 stroke Sweden Henrik Stenson 1,224,000 6,800,000
2015 J. B. Holmes  United States 272 −16 Playoff United States Jordan Spieth
United States Johnson Wagner
1,188,000 6,600,000
2014 Matt Jones  Australia 273 −15 Playoff United States Matt Kuchar 1,152,000 6,400,000
2013 D. A. Points  United States 272 −16 1 stroke United States Billy Horschel
Sweden Henrik Stenson
1,116,000 6,200,000
2012 Hunter Mahan  United States 272 −16 1 stroke Sweden Carl Pettersson 1,080,000 6,000,000
2011 Phil Mickelson  United States 268 −20 3 strokes United States Chris Kirk
United States Scott Verplank
1,062,000 5,900,000
2010 Anthony Kim  United States 276 −12 Playoff United States Vaughn Taylor 1,044,000 5,800,000
2009 Paul Casey  England 277 −11 Playoff United States J. B. Holmes 1,026,000 5,700,000
2008 Johnson Wagner  United States 272 −16 2 strokes United States Chad Campbell
Australia Geoff Ogilvy
1,008,000 5,600,000
2007 Adam Scott  Australia 271 −17 3 strokes Australia Stuart Appleby
United States Bubba Watson
990,000 5,500,000
2006 Stuart Appleby (2)  Australia 269 −19 6 strokes United States Bob Estes 990,000 5,500,000
2005 Vijay Singh (3)  Fiji 275 −13 Playoff United States John Daly 900,000 5,000,000
2004 Vijay Singh (2)  Fiji 277 −11 2 strokes United States Scott Hoch 900,000 5,000,000
2003 Fred Couples  United States 267 −21 4 strokes Australia Stuart Appleby
United States Mark Calcavecchia
United States Hank Kuehne
810,000 4,500,000
2002 Vijay Singh  Fiji 266 −22 6 strokes Northern Ireland Darren Clarke 720,000 4,000,000
2001 Hal Sutton  United States 278 −10 3 strokes United States Joe Durant
United States Lee Janzen
612,000 3,400,000
2000 Robert Allenby  Australia 275 −13 Playoff United States Craig Stadler 504,000 2,800,000
1999 Stuart Appleby  Australia 279 −9 1 stroke United States John Cook
United States Hal Sutton
450,000 2,500,000
1998 David Duval  United States 276 −12 1 stroke United States Jeff Maggert 360,000 2,000,000
1997 Phil Blackmar  United States 276 −12 Playoff United States Kevin Sutherland 288,000 1,600,000
1996 Mark Brooks  United States 274 −14 Playoff United States Jeff Maggert 270,000 1,500,000
1995 Payne Stewart  United States 276 −12 Playoff United States Scott Hoch 252,000 1,400,000
1994 Mike Heinen  United States 272 −16 3 strokes United States Tom Kite
United States Jeff Maggert
United States Hal Sutton
234,000 1,300,000
1993 Jim McGovern  United States 199^ −17 Playoff United States John Huston 234,000 1,300,000
1992 Fred Funk  United States 272 −16 2 strokes United States Kirk Triplett 216,000 1,200,000
Independent Insurance Agent Open
1991 Fulton Allem  South Africa 273 −15 1 stroke United States Billy Ray Brown
United States Mike Hulbert
United States Tom Kite
144,000 800,000
1990 Tony Sills  United States 204^ −12 Playoff United States Gil Morgan 180,000 1,000,000
1989 Mike Sullivan  United States 280 −8 1 stroke United States Craig Stadler 144,000 800,000
1988 Curtis Strange (3)  United States 270 −18 Playoff Australia Greg Norman 126,000 700,000
Big "I" Houston Open
1987 Jay Haas  United States 276 −12 Playoff United States Buddy Gardner 108,000 600,000
Houston Open
1986 Curtis Strange (2)  United States 274 −14 Playoff United States Calvin Peete 90,000 500,000
1985 Raymond Floyd  United States 277 −11 1 stroke South Africa David Frost
United States Bob Lohr
90,000 500,000
Houston Coca-Cola Open
1984 Corey Pavin  United States 274 −10 1 stroke United States Buddy Gardner 90,000 500,000
1983 David Graham  Australia 275 −9 5 strokes United States Lee Elder
United States Jim Thorpe
United States Lee Trevino
72,000 400,000
Michelob-Houston Open
1982 Ed Sneed  United States 275 −9 Playoff Australia Bob Shearer 63,000 350,000
1981 Ron Streck  United States 198^ −15 3 strokes United States Hale Irwin
United States Jerry Pate
47,250 262,500
1980 Curtis Strange  United States 266 −18 Playoff United States Lee Trevino 63,000 350,000
Houston Open
1979 Wayne Levi  United States 268 −16 2 strokes United States Mike Brannan 54,000 300,000
1978 Gary Player  South Africa 270 −18 1 stroke United States Andy Bean 40,000 200,000
1977 Gene Littler  United States 276 −12 3 strokes United States Lanny Wadkins 40,000 200,000
1976 Lee Elder  United States 278 −10 1 stroke United States Forrest Fezler 40,000 200,000
1975 Bruce Crampton (2)  Australia 273 −15 2 strokes United States Gil Morgan 30,000 150,000
1974 Dave Hill  United States 276 −12 1 stroke United States Rod Curl
United States Steve Melnyk
United States Andy North
30,000 150,000
1973 Bruce Crampton  Australia 277 −11 1 stroke United States Dave Stockton 41,000 205,000
1972 Bruce Devlin  Australia 278 −10 2 strokes United States Tommy Aaron
United States Lou Graham
United States Doug Sanders
25,000 125,000
Houston Champions International
1971 Hubert Green  United States 280 −4 Playoff United States Don January 25,000 125,000
1970 Gibby Gilbert  United States 282 −2 Playoff Australia Bruce Crampton 23,000 115,000
1969 No tournament - club hosted the 1969 U.S. Open
1968 Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina 274 −10 1 stroke United States Lee Trevino 20,000 100,000
1967 Frank Beard  United States 274 −10 1 stroke United States Arnold Palmer 23,000 115,000
1966 Arnold Palmer (2)  United States 275 −9 1 stroke United States Gardner Dickinson 21,000 110,000
Houston Classic
1965 Bobby Nichols (2)  United States 273 −11 1 stroke Australia Bruce Devlin
United States Chi-Chi Rodríguez
12,000 75,000
1964 Mike Souchak (2)  United States 278 −6 1 stroke United States Jack Nicklaus 7,500 50,000
1963 Bob Charles  New Zealand 268 −12 1 stroke United States Fred Hawkins 10,000 50,000
1962 Bobby Nichols  United States 278 −2 Playoff United States Jack Nicklaus
United States Dan Sikes
9,000 50,000
1961 Jay Hebert  United States 276 −4 Playoff United States Ken Venturi 7,000 40,000
1960 Bill Collins  United States 280 −8 Playoff United States Arnold Palmer 5,300 35,000
1959 Jack Burke, Jr. (2)  United States 277 −11 Playoff United States Julius Boros 4,300 30,000
Houston Open
1958 Ed Oliver  United States 281 −7 1 stroke Argentina Roberto De Vicenzo
United States Jay Hebert
4,300 30,000
1957 Arnold Palmer  United States 279 −9 1 stroke United States Doug Ford 7,500 36,000
1956 Ted Kroll  United States 277 −11 3 strokes United States Jack Burke, Jr.
United States Dave Douglas
6,000 30,000
1955 Mike Souchak  United States 273 −15 2 strokes United States Jerry Barber 6,000 30,000
1954 Dave Douglas  United States 277 −11 2 strokes United States Cary Middlecoff 6,000 30,000
1953 Cary Middlecoff (2)  United States 283 −5 Playoff United States Jim Ferrier
United States Shelley Mayfield
4,000 20,000
1952 Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 277 −11 6 strokes United States Frank Stranahan 2,000 10,000
1951 Marty Furgol  United States 277 −11 1 stroke United States Jack Burke, Jr. 2,000 10,000
1950 Cary Middlecoff  United States 277 −11 3 strokes United States Pete Cooper 2,000 10,000
1949 Johnny Palmer  United States 272 −16 1 stroke United States Cary Middlecoff 2,000 10,000
1948 No tournament
1947 Bobby Locke  South Africa 277 −11 5 strokes United States Johnny Palmer
United States Ellsworth Vines
2,000 10,000
1946 Byron Nelson  United States 274 −10 2 strokes United States Ben Hogan 2,000 10,000

^Weather-shortened to 54 holes
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Main sources[6][7][8]

Multiple winners[edit]

Nine men have won this tournament more than once through 2016.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Champions Archive
  2. ^ "Around sports: Redstone Golf Club undergoes name change". Houston Chronicle. staff and wire reports. December 6, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2016. 
  3. ^ Bailey, Mike (December 9, 2013). "Houston PGA Tour host Redstone Golf Club receives name change by new ownership". Retrieved March 31, 2016. 
  4. ^ "2015–16 PGA Tour Player Handbook & Tournament Regulations" (PDF). October 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Course: Redstone Golf Club". PGA Tour. 2013. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ Shell Houston Open - Winners - at pgatour.com
  7. ^ Shell Houston Open - Winners - at golfobserver.com
  8. ^ 2010 Shell Houston Open Media Guide

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 29°55′26″N 95°15′40″W / 29.924°N 95.261°W / 29.924; -95.261