Shell Houston Open to Attract Another Talented International Field

Anthony Kim scrambled at times in the final round before making the 2010 Shell Houston Open his third PGA Tour victory. (hhphoto.com)World-class golf is more than a marketing slogan for the $5.9 million Shell Houston Open, set the week of March 28-April 3 at Redstone Golf Club – Tournament Course.

Comfortably nestled into the PGA Tour schedule a week prior to The Masters tournament, the Shell Houston Open will once again attract stars from around the world. 

Last spring a total of 41 international players from 15 different countries teed it up on the demanding Rees Jones-designed Tournament Course. No less than 15 of the international players would go on to The Masters, the first major championship of the year.

In fact, Shell Houston Open patrons got to see Phil Mickelson the week before he journeyed to Augusta, Ga. to claim his second Masters title. Altogether, 15 U.S. players at the SHO also played in The Masters, making a total of 30 Masters competitors showcasing their games in Houston.

Anthony Kim defeated Vaughn Taylor on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to enter the winner’s circle. Both ended regulation at 12-under-par 276. It was the second straight playoff at the SHO.

Paul Casey of England beat J.B. Holmes on the first hole of sudden-death in 2009, the first-ever playoff on the Tournament Course since it began hosting the event in 2006.

Tournament week will be a week-long celebration for the Houston Golf Association. The non-profit organization, which has promoted golf since 1946, will celebrate its 65th anniversary.

Large crowds followed Anthony Kim as he relentlessly pursued victory at the 2010 Shell Houston Open. Kim shot 12-under-par 276 and defeated Vaughn Taylor on the first hole of sudden death. (hhphoto.com)

Tournament Director Steve Timms indicated the HGA had already received its present by making another seven-figure charitable contribution. In October of 2010 HGA announced $2,145,000 has been put to work in the community. HGA has now generated more than $53.1 million for local worthy causes.

While players have until the Friday before tournament week to commit, Timms says he believes the SHO will attract another field of international stars. A good indicator might be that former SHO champ Adam Scott (2007) won the Barclay’s Singapore Open and Stuart Appleby (1999 & 2006) won the Australian Masters in November.

“Everybody involved with our tournament is looking forward to 2011,” said Timms. 

 

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