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The Houston Open is a professional golf tournament in Texas on the PGA Tour, played in early October. As a part of a restructuring of the schedule, the event will move to the fall in 2019. Because the tour year starts the previous fall, the event will not be a part of the 2019 PGA Tour, but will be one of the first events of the 2020 PGA Tour.[2] It is held at the Golf Club of Houston (formerly named Redstone Golf Club) in unincorparted Harris County near Humble, northeast of Houston. The purse was $7 million in 2017, with a winner's share of $1.26 million.

Houston Open
Houston Open logo.png
LocationHumble, Texas, U.S.
Established1946,[1] 73 years ago
Course(s)Golf Club of Houston
Par72
Length7,425 yards (6,789 m)
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$7.5 million
Month playedOctober
Aggregate266 Curtis Strange (1980)
266 Lee Trevino (1980)
266 Vijay Singh (2002)
To par−22 Vijay Singh (2002)
United States Lanto Griffin
Houston is located in the United States
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

HistoryEdit

The event was played at several Houston venues until the 1970s, starting 73 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 through 1963. It was at Sharpstown Country Club in 1964 and 1965, moved to Champions Golf Club in 1966 for six years, and then to Westwood Country Club in 1972.

The tournament ventured outside of the city limits in 1973 and 1974 at Quail Valley Country Club in Missouri City, a southwest suburb.[3] It relocated north 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 near Humble in 2003; initially played at the Members Course, it changed to the Tournament Course in 2006. The facility was known as Redstone Golf Club until December 2013, and is now the Golf Club of Houston.[4][5]

Previously held weeks later in mid-spring, the Houston Open was played the week before the Masters Tournament from 2007 through 2018, and was the last chance to get into the field at Augusta through a win. The tournament also had 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.[6]

Shell Oil Company sponsored the event from 1992 through 2017. When the end of Shell's sponsorship was announced, the PGA Tour said it would seek a new sponsor for 2018.[7]

The event will move to October in 2019 (2020 season) and be the last held at the Golf Club of Houston, before it moves to Memorial Park Golf Course.[8]

Course layoutEdit

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 395 429 392 565 467 460 173 564 238 3683 382 440 335 588 215 609 199 487 487 3,742 7,425
Par 4 4 4 5 4 4 3 5 3 36 4 4 4 5 3 5 3 4 4 36 72

Source:[9]

WinnersEdit

Year Player Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($)
Houston Open
2019 Lanto Griffin   United States 274 −14 1 stroke   Scott Harrington
  Mark Hubbard
1,350,000 7,500,000
2018 Ian Poulter   England 269 −19 Playoff   Beau Hossler 1,260,000 7,000,000
Shell Houston Open
2017 Russell Henley   United States 268 −20 3 strokes   Kang Sung-hoon 1,260,000 7,000,000
2016 Jim Herman   United States 273 −15 1 stroke   Henrik Stenson 1,224,000 6,800,000
2015 J. B. Holmes   United States 272 −16 Playoff   Jordan Spieth
  Johnson Wagner
1,188,000 6,600,000
2014 Matt Jones   Australia 273 −15 Playoff   Matt Kuchar 1,152,000 6,400,000
2013 D. A. Points   United States 272 −16 1 stroke   Billy Horschel
  Henrik Stenson
1,116,000 6,200,000
2012 Hunter Mahan   United States 272 −16 1 stroke   Carl Pettersson 1,080,000 6,000,000
2011 Phil Mickelson   United States 268 −20 3 strokes   Chris Kirk
  Scott Verplank
1,062,000 5,900,000
2010 Anthony Kim   United States 276 −12 Playoff   Vaughn Taylor 1,044,000 5,800,000
2009 Paul Casey   England 277 −11 Playoff   J. B. Holmes 1,026,000 5,700,000
2008 Johnson Wagner   United States 272 −16 2 strokes   Chad Campbell
  Geoff Ogilvy
1,008,000 5,600,000
2007 Adam Scott   Australia 271 −17 3 strokes   Stuart Appleby
  Bubba Watson
990,000 5,500,000
2006 Stuart Appleby (2)   Australia 269 −19 6 strokes   Bob Estes 990,000 5,500,000
2005 Vijay Singh (3)   Fiji 275 −13 Playoff   John Daly 900,000 5,000,000
2004 Vijay Singh (2)   Fiji 277 −11 2 strokes   Scott Hoch 900,000 5,000,000
2003 Fred Couples   United States 267 −21 4 strokes   Stuart Appleby
  Mark Calcavecchia
  Hank Kuehne
810,000 4,500,000
2002 Vijay Singh   Fiji 266 −22 6 strokes   Darren Clarke 720,000 4,000,000
2001 Hal Sutton   United States 278 −10 3 strokes   Joe Durant
  Lee Janzen
612,000 3,400,000
2000 Robert Allenby   Australia 275 −13 Playoff   Craig Stadler 504,000 2,800,000
1999 Stuart Appleby   Australia 279 −9 1 stroke   John Cook
  Hal Sutton
450,000 2,500,000
1998 David Duval   United States 276 −12 1 stroke   Jeff Maggert 360,000 2,000,000
1997 Phil Blackmar   United States 276 −12 Playoff   Kevin Sutherland 288,000 1,600,000
1996 Mark Brooks   United States 274 −14 Playoff   Jeff Maggert 270,000 1,500,000
1995 Payne Stewart   United States 276 −12 Playoff   Scott Hoch 252,000 1,400,000
1994 Mike Heinen   United States 272 −16 3 strokes   Tom Kite
  Jeff Maggert
  Hal Sutton
234,000 1,300,000
1993 Jim McGovern   United States 199^ −17 Playoff   John Huston 234,000 1,300,000
1992 Fred Funk   United States 272 −16 2 strokes   Kirk Triplett 216,000 1,200,000
Independent Insurance Agent Open
1991 Fulton Allem   South Africa 273 −15 1 stroke   Billy Ray Brown
  Mike Hulbert
  Tom Kite
144,000 800,000
1990 Tony Sills   United States 204^ −12 Playoff   Gil Morgan 180,000 1,000,000
1989 Mike Sullivan   United States 280 −8 1 stroke   Craig Stadler 144,000 800,000
1988 Curtis Strange (3)   United States 270 −18 Playoff   Greg Norman 126,000 700,000
Big "I" Houston Open
1987 Jay Haas   United States 276 −12 Playoff   Buddy Gardner 108,000 600,000
Houston Open
1986 Curtis Strange (2)   United States 274 −14 Playoff   Calvin Peete 90,000 500,000
1985 Raymond Floyd   United States 277 −11 1 stroke   David Frost
  Bob Lohr
90,000 500,000
Houston Coca-Cola Open
1984 Corey Pavin   United States 274 −10 1 stroke   Buddy Gardner 90,000 500,000
1983 David Graham   Australia 275 −9 5 strokes   Lee Elder
  Jim Thorpe
  Lee Trevino
72,000 400,000
Michelob-Houston Open
1982 Ed Sneed   United States 275 −9 Playoff   Bob Shearer 63,000 350,000
1981 Ron Streck   United States 198^ −15 3 strokes   Hale Irwin
  Jerry Pate
47,250 262,500
1980 Curtis Strange   United States 266 −18 Playoff   Lee Trevino 63,000 350,000
Houston Open
1979 Wayne Levi   United States 268 −16 2 strokes   Mike Brannan 54,000 300,000
1978 Gary Player   South Africa 270 −18 1 stroke   Andy Bean 40,000 200,000
1977 Gene Littler   United States 276 −12 3 strokes   Lanny Wadkins 40,000 200,000
1976 Lee Elder   United States 278 −10 1 stroke   Forrest Fezler 40,000 200,000
1975 Bruce Crampton (2)   Australia 273 −15 2 strokes   Gil Morgan 30,000 150,000
1974 Dave Hill   United States 276 −12 1 stroke   Rod Curl
  Steve Melnyk
  Andy North
30,000 150,000
1973 Bruce Crampton   Australia 277 −11 1 stroke   Dave Stockton 41,000 205,000
1972 Bruce Devlin   Australia 278 −10 2 strokes   Tommy Aaron
  Lou Graham
  Doug Sanders
25,000 125,000
Houston Champions International
1971 Hubert Green   United States 280 −4 Playoff   Don January 25,000 125,000
1970 Gibby Gilbert   United States 282 −2 Playoff   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   Lee Trevino 20,000 100,000
1967 Frank Beard   United States 274 −10 1 stroke   Arnold Palmer 23,000 115,000
1966 Arnold Palmer (2)   United States 275 −9 1 stroke   Gardner Dickinson 21,000 110,000
Houston Classic
1965 Bobby Nichols (2)   United States 273 −11 1 stroke   Bruce Devlin
  Chi-Chi Rodríguez
12,000 75,000
1964 Mike Souchak (2)   United States 278 −6 1 stroke   Jack Nicklaus 7,500 50,000
1963 Bob Charles   New Zealand 268 −12 1 stroke   Fred Hawkins 10,000 50,000
1962 Bobby Nichols   United States 278 −2 Playoff   Jack Nicklaus
  Dan Sikes
9,000 50,000
1961 Jay Hebert   United States 276 −4 Playoff   Ken Venturi 7,000 40,000
1960 Bill Collins   United States 280 −8 Playoff   Arnold Palmer 5,300 35,000
1959 Jack Burke, Jr. (2)   United States 277 −11 Playoff   Julius Boros 4,300 30,000
Houston Open
1958 Ed Oliver   United States 281 −7 1 stroke   Roberto De Vicenzo
  Jay Hebert
4,300 30,000
1957 Arnold Palmer   United States 279 −9 1 stroke   Doug Ford 7,500 36,000
1956 Ted Kroll   United States 277 −11 3 strokes   Jack Burke, Jr.
  Dave Douglas
6,000 30,000
1955 Mike Souchak   United States 273 −15 2 strokes   Jerry Barber 6,000 30,000
1954 Dave Douglas   United States 277 −11 2 strokes   Cary Middlecoff 6,000 30,000
1953 Cary Middlecoff (2)   United States 283 −5 Playoff   Jim Ferrier
  Shelley Mayfield
4,000 20,000
1952 Jack Burke, Jr.   United States 277 −11 6 strokes   Frank Stranahan 2,000 10,000
1951 Marty Furgol   United States 277 −11 1 stroke   Jack Burke, Jr. 2,000 10,000
1950 Cary Middlecoff   United States 277 −11 3 strokes   Pete Cooper 2,000 10,000
1949 Johnny Palmer   United States 272 −16 1 stroke   Cary Middlecoff 2,000 10,000
1948 No tournament
1947 Bobby Locke   South Africa 277 −11 5 strokes   Johnny Palmer
  Ellsworth Vines
2,000 10,000
1946 Byron Nelson   United States 274 −10 2 strokes   Ben Hogan 2,000 10,000

^Weather-shortened to 54 holes
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Main sources[10][11][12]

Multiple winnersEdit

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Champions Archive". Archived from the original on April 1, 2012.
  2. ^ Ferguson, Doug (June 12, 2018). "Houston Open moves to fall in 2019; no word about Twin Cities event". Star Tribune. Associated Press.
  3. ^ "Dave Hill, Melnyk in Houston lead at 137". Chicago Tribune. wire services. May 12, 1974. p. 4, sec. 3.
  4. ^ "Around sports: Redstone Golf Club undergoes name change". Houston Chronicle. staff and wire reports. December 6, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  5. ^ Bailey, Mike (December 9, 2013). "Houston PGA Tour host Redstone Golf Club receives name change by new ownership". Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  6. ^ "2015–16 PGA Tour Player Handbook & Tournament Regulations" (PDF). October 5, 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 12, 2016.
  7. ^ "Shell to end longtime sponsorship with Houston Open". Associated Press. Retrieved December 11, 2016.
  8. ^ "Astros Golf Foundation unveils 2019 Houston Open dates". KTRK-TV. January 16, 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  9. ^ "Course: Redstone Golf Club". PGA Tour. 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-03-23. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
  10. ^ "Houston Open - Past Winners & Runners-up". PGA Tour. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  11. ^ Shell Houston Open - Winners- at golfobserver.com Archived May 23, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ 2010 Shell Houston Open Media Guide Archived July 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine

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