|Shell Houston Open - March 30, 2010
SHELL HOUSTON OPEN
Redstone Golf Club (Tournament Course)
Par: 36-36—72Yards: 7,457
Winner's FedExCup Points Share: 500
Purse: $5,800,000Winner: $1,044,000
2009 Champion: Paul Casey (277, -11)
Shell Houston Open this Week at
Redstone Golf Club as Casey Defends
Heading into the final round of the 2009 Shell Houston Open, six players were tied for the lead with 18 holes left. Paul Casey was one of the six, and his final-round 72 allowed J.B. Holmes to catch him at the end of regulation to force a sudden-death playoff. Casey picked up his first PGA TOUR title when he defeated Holmes on the first playoff hole.
This week, Redstone Golf Club’s Tournament Course is again the site of the Shell Houston Open, the fifth time the course has hosted the event and eighth time overall. Redstone’s Member Course was the host site from 2003 to 2005.
Casey’s win last year came in his first Houston appearance. He is the first player since Mike Heinen (1994) to win this tournament in his debut. Casey is also the first European player to win the Shell Houston Open in the tournament’s 63-year history. This season, Casey has made four starts—with top-10 showings in all of them. His best finish was a runner-up performance at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, and he also added a tie for fourth at The Honda Classic, a tie for sixth at the World Golf Championships-CA Championship and a tie for 10th at the season-opening SBS Championship.
Shell Houston Open Notes
After struggling last year, missing five of his last eight cuts, the Dallas, TX, resident K.J. Choi appears to be back on track. Choi is 6 for 6 in cuts made this year, and two weeks ago he finished second at the Transitions Championship for his first top-10 in over a year. His previous top-10 performance was a tie for third at the 2009 Northern Trust Open.
Phil Mickelson has returned to playing two drivers, as he did in 2006 when he won the BellSouth Classic by 13 strokes and one week later, won in the Masters Tournament.
A strong international field will be at Redstone Golf Club’s Tournament Course this week. Among those from outside the U.S. playing are Argentina’s Angel Cabrera and Andres Romero, England’s Paul Casey, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, South Africa’s Ernie Els and Charl Schwartzel, Ireland’s Padraig Harrington, Germany’s Martin Kaymer, Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, Australia’s Adam Scott and India’s Jeev Milkha Singh.
Australians have a particular affinity for this event. Aussie winners include Bruce Devlin (1972), Bruce Crampton (1973 and 1975), David Graham (1983), Stuart Appleby (1999 and 2006), Robert Allenby (2000) and Adam Scott (2007). Aussies in the field this week include Appleby, Scott, Greg Chalmers, Jason Day, Steve Elkington, Mathew Goggin, Nathan Green, Matt Jones, Marc Leishman, David Lutterus, James Nitties, Nick O’Hern and John Senden.
A pair of 2009 major championship winners are set to play in the Shell Houston Open. Masters champion Angel Cabrera of Argentina returns for the fourth consecutive time, and U.S. Open winner Lucas Glover will make his seventh Shell Houston Open start in a row. Cabrera is coached by local teaching professional Charlie Epps, while Glover took lessons from the late Dick Harmon, for whom The First Tee of Greater Houston Learning Center is named at Redstone Golf Club.
Glover, Golic and Greenberg Play
in Shell Houston Open Pro-Am for Charity
ESPN sportscasters Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic have again teamed with the Houston Golf Association and the Shell Houston Open to generate a substantial donation to the V-Foundation for Cancer Research. Lew Peters and his wife, Pauline, bid $28,500 to tee it up with the “Mikes” and defending U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover in the pro-am on March 31. Shell Oil Company kicked in another $20,000, making a $48,500 total contribution. Peters and his wife will also receive airfare, hotel accommodations and VIP treatment during tournament week. “Mike & Mike in the Morning” will air from 6-10 a.m. EDT from the Tournament Course.