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Brandt Snedeker cashed in on the trend his recent form suggested by winning the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in record-setting fashion over hard-charging Chris Kirk with a final-round 7-under-par 32-33=65.

Snedeker was seemingly in control all day, but ended any drama when his tee shot on the par-3 17th settled 10'4" from the hole and was brushed in for his sixth birdie of the day. He started his round with four-foot eagle on the par-5 second hole and added birdies on the fourth, sixth and seventh holes. He would suffer an uncharacteristic 3-putt bogey on the par-4 ninth, but bounced back with an unlikely and lengthy birdie on the par-4 10th and added another at the par-4 11th. It would be pars the rest of the way, with the exception of the aforementioned birdie at 17. Having already finished runner-up twice and third once this year, his 19-under 66-68-68-65=267 allowed him not only to win, but to set the tournament scoring record in the process. It is worth noting that the previous record of 268 came on a rotation where all of the courses were par 72s. He will not try and go back-to-back later this week at the Northern Trust Open.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sun, Feb 10, 2013 06:21:00 PM

World No. 9 Rickie Fowler coasted to a bogey-free, 8-under-par 33-31=64 during the first round of the Shell Houston Open, claiming his spot as the clubhouse leader as the morning wave nears a conclusion on day one.

Opening on the 10th tee today, Fowler wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. He circled birdies in five of his first seven holes, three of them coming on putts from 9-to-15 feet. He would add a crucial 7'1" splash to save par at the difficulty 18th hole, maintaining momentum while keeping his clean card intact. Fowler was very balanced in his attack today, splitting 12 fairways, landing 16 greens, and then gaining 2.67 strokes putting. Playing his 21st round at the Golf Club of Houston, this easily eclipses his previous best of 68 but falls one shy of the course record which is shared by five golfers.
Mar 30 - 2:25 PM

Keegan Bradley breezed through the Golf Club of Houston in round one of the Shell Houston Open, signing for a 5-under-par 36-31=67 to grab a piece of the clubhouse lead as the morning wave starts to wind down on Thursday. UPDATE: Bradley was later passed by current leader Rickie Fowler who fired an 8-under 64.

Bradley opened his day on the 10th tee and fired out of the gates with a red-hot putter. He splashed home birdies from 11'4", 29'10", and 17'1" over his first three holes. He would add circles on three of his next five holes with just one bogey in between. Bradley's flat stick would cool down after the turn, and he even missed a par-saving attempt from 4'10" at the sixth hole, but he still walked off the course gaining 2.09 strokes putting. With three top 10s already on his Shell Houston Open resume, Bradley could be hanging around near the top of this leaderboard all week.
Mar 30 - 2:05 PM

Vaughn Taylor torched the Golf Club of Houston with a 5-under-par 36-31=67 during round one of the Shell Houston Open, staking his position as the early clubhouse leader with play still in progress. UPDATE: Taylor was later passed by current leader Rickie Fowler who fired an 8-under 64.

Taylor ended a three-event slump with his recent T23 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. When the veteran misses cuts it's rarely due to ball-striking, but his flat stick is always a wildcard. Today, he caught relative fire with that club, splashing home four putts from the 9-to-15 foot range in addition to holing one from the fringe (12 feet). Four of those noted birdies took back on his homeward nine as he blitzed the back nine with a blemish-free 31. Taylor already owns a runner-up finish at this week's venue (2010) which may give him a bit of confidence as he tries to keep his foot on the gas during the remainder of the week.
Mar 30 - 1:53 PM

World No. 6 Jordan Spieth sizes up the Golf Club of Houston ahead of his fifth Shell Houston Open and checks in as the pre-tourney fave (outright) for a third year in a row.

In the last 38 events on TOUR, three players have won as the favorite. Dustin Johnson once (2017 WGC-Mexico); and Spieth twice, at the 2016 DEAN & DELUCA and Hyundai TOC. He's 3-for-4 at the SHO with a MC in 2014, a playoff loss in 2015, and T13 last year (67-73-70-70). The Texan is 7-for-7 on the season with six top 25s, four top 10s and three top 3s, including his ninth TOUR title (in 100th pro start) at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am -- as 36-hole co-leader and 54-hole leader (by six). The 36-hole co-lead was his first since the 2016 Masters, and improved to 7-for-12 as 54-hole leader/co-leader, including seven of his last nine. The two most recent that the 23-year-old hasn't converted: here in 2015, and of course, the 2016 Masters. He's chased the win at Pebble Beach with T22 (Genesis), T12 (Mexico) and a first-round exit at last week's Match Play in Austin (1-1-1 record). Speith leads the TOUR in GIR (75.69 percent).
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 29 - 10:30 AM

J.B. Holmes hoisted the hardware after the 2015 Shell Houston Open and returns this week for his first crack at the Golf Club of Houston since that win.

It wasn't love at first sight for Holmes and the GC of Houston (missed cut in 2007 debut) but it's been all gravy since. Over his last five visits the big hitter has collected four top 15s including a 2009 runner-up finish and a win in 2015. When returning for his title defense last year, he was forced to withdraw prior to the start of the event with a shoulder injury, somewhat precautionary as he wanted a full bill of health for the Masters. The way things shake out, both Holmes and Jim Herman will be playing this event for the first time since winning, co-defenders, if you will. As for current form, Holmes has started the season with top 35s in all six stroke-play starts but he's yet to collect a top 10. Given his strong course resume, this week presents a nice opportunity to pick up that first top 10 of the season.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 29 - 8:32 AM

David Hearn has withdrawn from the Shell Houston Open, prior to his round one tee time. He will be replaced by alternate Richy Werenski.

The Canadian raced out to contention last week in Puerto Rico, opening with a 6-under 66 and following that up with a 3-under 69. He was T11 at the midpoint before drifting to T17 by week's end. It was Hearn's second top 20 over his last three starts, flashing a bit of form after a rough patch to start 2017. There is no injury news at this time, but we will update if that becomes apparent. In his place, Richy Werenski will get his first look at the Golf Club of Houston. UPDATE: Adam Stanley reported on Hearn via Twitter, "He and wife Heather are expecting child no.3, and likely coming soon."
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 28 - 11:08 AM

World No. 76 Jim Herman makes his way back to the Golf Club of Houston for this week's Shell Houston Open, the site of his 2016 victory.

Herman arrived at last year's Houston Open ranked 189th in the world rankings. Four sub-70 rounds later he catapulted to 68th in world, and also started scrambling to prep for Augusta National. The wildcard for Herman is always the flat stick. He's finished outside the top 115 strokes gained putting in each of the last four seasons but gained 6.58 strokes with the putter last year at GC of Houston. While Herman has drifted slightly in the OWGR since winning, he did flash some form recently in Florida, earning a T3 at the Valspar Championship just three weeks ago.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 28 - 9:08 AM

Riley Arp tore through Cypresswood Golf Club during today's open qualifier, styling a 10-under-par 32-30=62 to punch his ticket into this week's Shell Houston Open. Joining him are Wesley McClain (-9), Andres Gonzales (-9), and Jason Gore (-8) with the latter needing to survive a 6-for-1 playoff.

Arp was dialed in today while taking on the Tradition Course at Cypresswood GC. He circled 11 birdies to offset a lone bogey, earning a debut on the PGA TOUR for his efforts. Arp has been playing well recently on the Adams Pro Tour, starting the season with back-to-back top 10s. It was a good day for the Adams Pro Tour as Wesley McClain also spends his time there, and also qualified with a blemish-free 63. The Shell Houston Open will also be his PGA TOUR debut. Golfers who finished at 8-under 64 but fell shy in the playoff include: Roger Sloan, Brady Schnell, Martin Trainer, Sebastian Vazquez, and Daniel Chopra.
Mar 27 - 9:24 PM

Prior to the start of the event, Dustin Johnson has backed out of this week's Shell Houston Open, instead turning his attention toward Augusta National Golf Club for the first major of the year. Scott Stallings earns a spot in the field in his place.

Johnson has used the Golf Club of Houston on five occasions to prep for the Masters. That includes a third-place finish last year, a mid-tournament WD in 2014, and a T4 in 2013. This year he's decided to alter his plans after originally committing at the deadline but deciding otherwise after hoisting the boots at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. That was the third straight win for the World No. 1 (Genesis Open, WGC-Mexico Championship) so there was really nothing to gain by entering this week's event. With Johnson's form in top gear, he will head down Magnolia Lane next week as one of the clear favorites.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 27 - 12:48 PM

Making his tournament debut, 21-seed Jon Rahm lost to top-seeded and World No. 1 Dustin Johnson in the Finals of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play to take away solo 2nd and end with a record of 6-1-0.

This was the 22-year-old's second WGC event, finishing T3 at the Mexico Championship in his last start three weeks ago, also won by Johnson. He reached the Final with a 3-and-2 win over Bill Haas in the morning semis. It was the Spaniard's 21st career start on TOUR (16 pro) and is a third straight top-5 finish, fourth in his last five. He got in a huge hole early against the 1-seed, 5 DOWN thru eight holes, but trimmed that to three after winning holes 9 and 10 (with pars). DJ won 12 with birdie-4 but Rahm took the par-4 13th with a 2-putt birdie after driving the green, his first birdie of the contest. He then won 15 and 16, also with birdies, now 1 DOWN with two to go, but that was the final margin after matching pars at 17 and 18. Each player circled three birdies in the finale.
Mar 26 - 7:40 PM

1-seed Dustin Johnson staved off 21-seed Jon Rahm 1 UP to claim the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play for his 15th TOUR title in 208 career starts, third this season and third straight, and became the first player to win all four WGC titles.

This was the 32-year-old's ninth Match Play with a previous best of T5 last year where he won his Group but lost in the quarters (3-2-0 record). He went a perfect 7-0-0 this year en route to his fifth overall WGC title in 29 tries. The South Carolina native began his 3-win streak at the Genesis Open, where he had to play 36 holes on Sunday, and had to play 36 again today, outlasting Hideto Tanihara 1 UP in the semis. The World No. 1, who never trailed a single hole all week, built a commanding 5 UP lead thru eight against the 22-year-old Spaniard, but Rahm trimmed that to three with par wins at 9 and 10. DJ won the 12th with birdie-4, now 4 UP with six to go, but Rahm won 13, 15 and 16 with birdies. The duo traded a couple of hair-raising pars for the final margin with DJ shooting the equivalent of 1-under 70 (three birdies) and Rahm 71 (three birdies).
Mar 26 - 7:17 PM




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