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Apr 06 2014

SHO Time Sunday: Jones beats Kuchar on first playoff hole

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Matt Jones tells PGA TOUR Radio about his spectacular pitch-in for birdie on the first playoff hole. (hhphoto.com)

Australian Matt Jones pitched in from 42 yards for a birdie-3 to defeat Matt Kuchar on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the Shell Houston Open in rainy conditions Sunday at the Golf Club of Houston Tournament Course. Jones earned $1,152,000 with his victory plus an invitation to the Masters tournament as he became the eighth Aussie to win Houston’s PGA TOUR event.

Jones shot 68-68-71-66 to finish regulation at 15-under par, his last birdie coming on a monster 46-foot putt on the 18th hole. Kuchar, who led most of the day, bogeyed two of the last three holes. He bogeyed the 18th after hitting his second shot into the lake from the middle of the fairway, dropping into a tie with Jones. Kuchar carded rounds of 66-67-68-72.

Sergio Garcia of Spain finished solo third with 67-65-73-71 for 13-under 275. Cameron Tringale was a stroke back. Baytown’s Shawn Stefani, who needed to earn just over $84,000 to keep his PGA Tour card, finished 5th at 10-under-par and earned $256,000.

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Apr 05 2014

SHO Time Saturday: Matt Kuchar opens 4-shot lead

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Another No. 1 and No. 10 tee start in threesomes is set for 7:30 AM through 9:30 AM on Sunday due to possible inclement weather in the afternoon.

Matt Kuchar, No. 11 in the World Golf Rankings, posted his third straight scores in the sixties to open a 4-shot lead through three rounds of the Shell Houston Open. Kuchar’s 66-67-68 totals 15-under-par 201 on the Golf Club of Houston Tournament Course. Second-round leader Sergio Garcia of Spain, ranked No. 8, shot 73 and Cameron Tringale69 for 11-under-par 205. Matt Jones is at 9-under-par 207, followed by Rickie Fowler and former British Open champion Ben Curtis at 8-under and local favorite Shawn Stefani at 7-under. Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen are in a group of four at 6-under.

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Apr 04 2014

SHO Time Friday: Garcia has 1-shot lead over Kuchar

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A No. 1 and No. 10 tee start in threesomes is set for 7:30 AM through 9:30 AM due to possible inclement weather in the afternoon.

Sergio Garcia added a 7-under-par 65 to his opening 67 for a 12-under-par 132 total and a one-stroke lead over Matt Kuchar after two rounds of the Shell Houston Open.  Kuchar fashioned a 67 for a 133 total in windy conditions on Friday at the Golf Club of Houston Tournament Course. Four players are at 8-under-par, including FedExCup points leader Jimmy Walker, whose 65 matched Garcia’s low round of the day. Steve Stricker and former British Open champion Ben Curtis are at 7-under.

Phil Mickelson heads a group of four at 6-under-par.

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Apr 03 2014

SHO Time Thursday: Haas & Hoffman share lead

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Bill Haas, son of 1987 Shell Houston Open winner Jay Haas, and Charley Hoffman each fired 7-under-par 65 to share the first-round lead at the $6.4 million Shell Houston Open at Golf Club of Houston Tournament Course.

Haas and Hoffman were a stroke better than Keegan Bradley, Matt Kuchar, J.B. Holmes, Erik Compton and Jim Renner, all at 66. Former British Open champions Stewart Cink and Ben Curtis headed a group of 10 players at 5-under-par 67 that included local favorite Shawn Sefani. Par took a pounding under humid conditions with little wind. A total of 97 players in the starting field of 144 broke par.

Sergio Garcia shot 67, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els 68 and and Rory McIlroy 70. Dustin Johnson withdrew.

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Apr 01 2014

SHO Grand Pro-Am tees off

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The Shell Houston Open Grand Pro-Am tees off Nos. 1 and 10 from 7:15-9:15 AM on Wednesday, featuring some of the world’s best players teaming up with amateur partners on the Golf Club of Houston Tournament Course. Afternoon competition tees off from 12:30-2 PM.

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Mar 28 2014

SHO player field boasts star power

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The 4 PM Friday player commitment deadline is passed and Tournament Director Steve Timms indicated tournament officials were well pleased with the list of competitors for the 2014 Shell Houston Open.

“Our field is strong and has a fine mix of established stars, international players and some of the finest young players in the game,” said Timms. Click here to view the final field.

Houston fans will see World Class Golf next week. There are 22 winners of Major Championships in the field.

It has been well documented that the a Shell Houston Open victory is the last opportunity for players not-otherwise-eligible to gain an invitation  for The Masters, set April 7-13.

Tournament officials also reminded that beginning Monday, March 31 ticket and parking prices will increase. After March 30 the prices will increase from $25 to $30 for grounds good-any-day tickets and from $40 to $45 for Champions Pavilion good-any-day tickets. On-site parking passes will increase from $25 per day to $35 per day. Those items may be purchased on-line around the click at Extreme Tix!

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Mar 27 2014

SHO commitment deadline Friday at 4 PM

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Players have until Friday at 4 PM CDT to commit to play in next week’s Shell Houston Open. Players already committed may also withdraw for any reason without penalty by that deadline.

However, Shell Houston Open Tournament Director Steve Timms believes he will be getting even more good news on Friday. “There always seem to be some 11th hour commitments,” said Timms.

The Shell Houston Open is the final opportunity for players not otherwise eligible to earn an invitation to The Masters. A victory in Houston earns a spot in the field at Augusta National. Defending SHO champion D.A. Points garnered an invite after his victory.

To say the Shell Houston Open field is going to be world class is an understatement. Six of the Top 11 players in the World Golf Rankings are on board. That includes No. 3 Henrik Stenson, No. 5 Phil Mickelson, No. 7 Rory McIlroy, No. 8 Sergio Garcia, No. 9 Dustin Johnson and No. 11 Matt Kuchar.  Also on the list are No. 13 Jordan Spieth, No. 15 Steve Stricker, No. 17 Charl Schwartzel, No. 18 Keegan Bradley, No. 19 Ian Poulter, No. 21 Webb Simpson and No. 25 Luke Donald.

As of Thursday afternoon there are a 19 major championship winners with a total of 31 majors to their credit in the SHO field. They are:

Keegan Bradley (2011 PGA Championship); Angel Cabrera (2007 U.S. Open, 2009 Masters); Stewart Cink (2009 British Open); Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland (2011 British Open);Ben Curtis (2003 British Open); Ernie Els (1994 & 1997 U.S. Open, 2002 & 2012 British Open); Lucas Glover (2009 U.S. Open); Retief Goosen (2001, 2004 U.S. Open); Padraig Harrington of Ireland (2007, 2008 British Open & 2008 PGA Championship); Trevor Immelman (2008 Masters); Martin Kaymer (2010 PGA Championship); Justin Leonard (1997 British Open); Davis Love III (1997 PGA Championship); Rory McIlroy (2011 U.S. Open, 2012 PGA Championship); Phil Mickelson (2010, 2006, 2004 Masters, 2005 PGA Championship); Louis Oosthuizen (2010 British Open); Charl Schwartzel (2011 Masters), Webb Simpson (2012 U.S. Open);David Toms (2001 PGA Championship).

The final field for next week’s event will not be final after the 4 PM deadline on Friday. There will still be four spots up for grabs in a Monday qualifier at Cypresswood Golf Club.

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Mar 10 2014

D.A. Points looks forward to SHO title defense

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D.A. Points told local media he is eager to return to defend his Shell Houston Open title on the super-plush Tournament Course at the Golf Club of Houston.

Defending champion D.A. Points told local media he looks forward to defending his title at the $6.5 million 2014 Shell Houston Open, set the week of March 31-April 6 on the Golf Club of Houston Tournament Course.

Points spent part of the day on Monday, talking up the lead-in tournament for the Masters. “The Shell Houston Open is a great championship with a lot of history,” said Points. “I’m very proud to have my name listed among the past winners.”

Points praised the Houston Golf Association for its efforts over the last several years to ensure the course has an Augusta National-like feel — fast greens, light rough, closely mowed chipping areas around the greens. They even use the same mowing patterns here that they use at Augusta National.”

Those playing conditions are what persuade many top players to place Houston on their schedule. “Phil Mickelson, who likes to play his way into majors, has played here every year since 2008,” said Points. “Rory (McIlroy) is playing here, too, and so is Sergio Garcia. They know it is a great championship and playing here will help them get ready for the Masters.”

For the record Points shot 64-71-71-66—272 last year, for a 16-under-par total. He started the tournament in dramatic fashion by making birdie on the first five holes he played. Points finished the tournament with a dramatic 13-foot, par saving putt on No. 18 to claim a one-stroke victory over Sweden’s Henrik Stenson and Billy Horschel.

Points also praised the golf fans of Houston and tournament volunteers. “Play was suspended for over two hours late Sunday afternoon,” recalled Points. “There were plenty of fans around for the finish of the tournament and the volunteers handled everything just perfect. That is another reason players enjoy playing this event. It is very well run and the fans are very knowledgeable. ”

Tournament officials also reminded fans who plan on purchasing tickets and parking on-line through Extreme Tix on the tournament website to do so before March 31. They can save from $5 per day on tickets and $10 per day on parking.

  • Good-Any-Day Grounds Tickets are priced at $25 through March 30 but will increase to $30 during tournament week March 31-April 6
  • Good-Any-Day Champions Pavilion Tickets are priced at $40 through March 30 but will increase to $45 during tournament week March 31-April 6
  • On-site Parking (Daily Passes) are priced at $25 per day through March 30 but will increase to $35 per day during tournament week. On-site parking requires a pass on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Jan 07 2014

Valentine’s Day offer ends for discounted SHO tickets

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The three (3) special Valentine’s Day offers ended on Friday at noon for discounted Shell Houston Open ticket prices.

You can still purchase a package on line through Extreme Tix. General admission grounds tickets are available as well as Champions Pavilion tickets, SHO Club 16 tickets or tickets to the United Airlines Fairway Club at 17. Champions Pavilion,SHO Club 16 and United Airlines Fairway Club tickets are also good for admission to the grounds.

The Champions Pavilion is a large tent on golfer’s right of 18 fairway with big screen TVs, table seating and umbrella tables on an outside deck that has food & beverage available for purchase. SHO Club 16 is an elevated skybox at the 16th green with food & beverage available for purchase, plus the climate-controlled Capital One Bank Clubhouse. United Airlines Fairway Club, which includes food & beverage during play, has open-air skybox seating in front, plus a climate controlled lounge in back.

Golf fans may order 24/7 on line with a major credit card. Phone orders (281-454-7000) may be placed weekdays (8 AM-5 PM).  Order today! Supplies limited.

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Dec 19 2013

SHO Holiday Ticket Sale closes

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The three (3) special holiday offers for discounted Shell Houston Open ticket prices are over until Jan. 7 when the packages will be available for Valentine’s Day. Packages will again be delivered free of charge by FedEx.

For the golfers in your life you can choose a package with general admission grounds tickets, Champions Pavilion tickets or SHO Club 16 tickets. Champions Pavilion and SHO Club 16 tickets are also good for admission to the grounds.

The Champions Pavilion is a large tent on golfer’s right of 18 fairway with big screen TVs, table seating and umbrella tables on an outside deck that has food & beverage available for purchase. SHO Club 16 is an elevated skybox at the 16th green with food & beverage available for purchase, plus the climate-controlled Capital One Bank Clubhouse.

Golf fans may order 24/7 on line with a major credit card. Phone orders (281-454-7000) may be placed weekdays (8 AM-5 PM) beginning Jan. 7. SHO Holiday Offer packages begin shipping Jan. 13. Order today! Supplies limited.

Please note that packages must be shipped to a physical address, no P.O. Boxes, please. Only shipped to the contiguous U.S. states.

SHO VALENTINES OFFER 1 ($100 for $185 value) — Includes 6 Good-Any-Day General Admission Tickets, valued at $150, plus a white 100% cotton tournament logo cap from OURAY Sportswear and a crested valuables pouch from CMC.

SHO VALENTINES OFFER 2 ($130 for $225 value) — Includes 4 Good-Any-Day Champions Pavilion Tickets, valued at $160, plus 6 tournament logo ProV 1 golf balls from Titleist, a white 100% cotton tournament logo cap from OURAY Sportswear and a crested valuables pouch from CMC.

SHO VALENTINES OFFER 3 ($175 for $243 value) — Includes 2 SHO CLUB tickets, valued at $178, plus 6 tournament logo ProV 1 golf balls from Titleist, a white 100% cotton tournament logo cap from OURAY Sportswear and a crested valuables pouch from CMC. You must select one pair of either Sunday, Saturday, Friday of Thursday SHO Club 16 tickets.

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