Mar 10 2014
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.