Tag Archives: Shell Houston Open

Apr
4
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Fred Couples has struggled with back problems for years, but since last October, the 51 year old has been enduring more pain and stiffness. After wrapping up last week’s Shell Houston Open, Couples, the ’92 Masters champion, canceled his traditional Tuesday morning practice round at Augusta because his back is in bad condition, according to a source close to Team Freddie.

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Apr
3
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Phil Mickelson, defending champion of The Masters, was already a favorite heading into Augusta next week, but after besting Scott Verplank on Sunday to capture the Shell Houston Open by three shots, the odds of Phil as the front runner just got even better. Phil, who hasn’t won since last April, looked fantastic, tearing up Redstone and shooting 16-under over the weekend.

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Apr
3
2011
By Stephanie Wei under LPGA

What the…PHIL! Those were my first words when I checked the leaderboard yesterday afternoon. Apparently, Phil is rounding into Masters form just as planned in Houston. He caught on fire and shot a nine-under 63 to tie the course record at Redstone. Even if he has a so-so day in the final round, that’s gotta give him an extra confidence boost heading into Augusta…tomorrow.

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Apr
1
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

At this time last year, Anthony Kim looked like he was shaping up to have an excellent year. And then he had to take a few months off to get thumb surgery. Since returning, he hasn’t managed to put up consistent performances. Perhaps Friday’s round at the Shell Houston Open is a sign of more positive things to come. (We’ll see.) The defending champion of this event, Kim, got hot, rolling in eight birdies on his way to a bogey-free 64 to surge into contention.

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Mar
31
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Early in Phil Mickelson’s first round at the Houston Open, he called over a rules official and asked if he could replace his driver, which had a tiny crack in it. His request was denied because the crack wasn’t large enough. Watching the telecast, I noticed Phil kept using the driver, but it was clear he was concerned about the potential crack. Turns out it might not have been a problem. He’s still switching to his backup driver, just in case, though.

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Mar
31
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Jimmy Walker hit some wayward tee shots on Thursday, but when the putter gets hot, there’s some room for error. Walker didn’t roll in every look at birdie, but he felt like he made everything. He shot a bogey-free round, making nine birdies, to cruise to a 63 and the two-shot lead at the Shell Houston Open. Walker’s 63 tied the course record set by Adam Scott and Johnson Wagner during the first round in 2008. Wagner went on to win that year (and punched a last-minute ticket to The Masters).

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Mar
28
2011

Phil: practice needed

Phil Mickelson spurned yet another opportunity to pass Tiger Woods in the world rankings on Sunday, finishing with three bogeys in the last five holes to drop out of a place in the top-ten. Lefty’s next outing will be at this week’s Shell Houston Open, where he’ll use the week to experiment with shots that are completely inappropriate:

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