World No. 21 Matt Kuchar is at the Golf Club of Houston for the Shell Houston Open and was 70th (of 71) on last visit in 2015 (67-72-71-78).
This is the 38-year-old's ninth appearance. He missed his first four cuts but reeled off three straight top 10s between 2010 and 2014, highlighted by a P2 in 2014. He was T2 thru 36 holes in 2014 (66-67) and the 54-hole leader by four (68), but closed with even-par 72, losing in a 2-man playoff (Matt Jones). The Georgia Tech alum is 6-for-9 on the season with five top 25s but just one top 10, a T9 at the Phoenix Open six starts ago. In his last five, he's missed one cut (Pebble Beach), has three finishes in between 20th and 25th, and posted T30 last week in Austin at the Match Play with a 1-1-1 record.
World No. 130 Chez Reavie does battle in this week's Shell Houston Open and arrives at 45th in the FedExCup standings.
This is the 35-year-old's eighth SHO at the Golf Club of Houston. He's par or better in his last 12 laps with seven of those in the red, which equates to finishes of T31/2013, T37/2015, and a T7 last year (66-70-72-70), his lone top 25. The Wichita, Kansas, native is 7-for-11 on the season with five top 25s and two top 10s, but just about all of that came before the calendar flipped to February. After the torrid beginning, he's cashed just once in his last five outings, a T27 at the Valspar, and checks in off a missed cut at Bay Hill (by one) on rounds of 74-74.
PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 232 Patrick Cantlay is in Humble, Texas, for his Shell Houston Open debut and checks in at 61st in the FedExCup standings.
The now 25-year-old (Mar. 17th) hit big in his last start three weeks ago, bagging a career-best solo 2nd at the Valspar on a sponsor invite and leapfrogging 1,180 spots in OWGR. That was his second appearance in the event and this is his debut, so that's the question. After collecting $680,400 for the runner-up, the California native satisfied the terms of a medical extension out of the reshuffle category -- that dated back to the 2014-15 season -- and is now playing out of no worse than Category 22 (Major Medical) in the Eligibility Ranking for the remainder of the season. He's making his third start in 2017 (T48, AT&T Pro-Am), and just his fourth in the last two-and-a-quarter years (76th- and last-place finish at the OHL Classic in Nov. 2014). The UCLA product was T1 in birdies at the Valspar (21) and T6 in bogeys (eight).
World No. 430 Steve Marino prepares for his seventh Shell Houston Open and arrives at 183rd in the FedExCup standings.
The 37-year-old is 6-for-6 at the Golf Club of House but it's patchy. He has two top 20s in 2009 and 2010 (T14), but also four cashes outside the top 60. The Oklahoma native's worst is T72/MDF last year (67-73-78), where he got into the field off a top-10 exemption from a P2 at the Puerto Rico Open, and was ranked No. 237 in OWGR. He's 4-for-10 so far this season with no top 25s and checks in off T37 last week at the PRO, which was the first time in his last nine starts that he's played all four rounds.
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 (13/2) and 7th in FedExCup points.
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).
World No. 94 Ryan Palmer readies for his 12th Shell Houston Open and arrives at 196th in the FedExCup standings.
The Texas native and resident is 5-for-11 at the SHO with four top 25s and just one top 10, a T7 in 2014 (70-68-73-69). He didn't play in 2015, missing for the first time since the 2008 edition, and was OWGR No. 73 ahead of last year's T38 (69-74-73-69), so he's heading in the wrong direction. The 40-year-old is 2-for-6 this season, opening with four straight missed cuts and cashing his last two, a T49 at the Genesis Open and T37 at The Honda Classic, where he was a second-round co-leader (66-65) but closed in 73-75 for T37. He's made the FEC Playoffs for seven consecutive years, finishing no worse than 71st in the standings, so he has to get on his horse if he's going to keep that streak intact.
World No. 1360 and Austin, Texas, resident Beau Hossler preps for his Shell Houston Open debut and is in the field on a sponsor exemption.
The newly minted 22-year-old (Mar. 16th) is making his eighth career TOUR start, fourth as a pro. He relinquished his amateur status in July, 2016, with one year of eligibility remaining at the University of Texas, and played the Winter Series on the Adams Pro Tour, winning the 36-hole Cypresswood Open (Spring, Texas) in December for his first pro win and earning $5,200. Nine weeks ago, the California native posted a T49 at the Farmers Insurance Open in his first start among the paid ranks (67-75-74-71), and chased with missed cuts at the AT&T Pebble Beach (74-72-70) and at the Valspar (by one) after rounds of 74-69.
World No. 129 Kevin Streelman is in the published field at this week's Shell Houston Open and checks in at 71st in the FedExCup standings.
The 38-year-old is making his seventh appearance and is 2-for-6 with one top 25, a T14 on debut in 2008. He missed the cut last year by three (72-74) and his scoring average at the par 72 (16 rounds) is 71.63 with seven in the red. The Scottsdale resident is 8-for-12 this season with four top 25s and one top 10, a T4 at the OHL Classic back in November (65-73-64-65). Two weeks prior, he was the first-round leader at the opposite-field Sanderson Farms with a season-low 63, chasing with 73-71-71 for T18. The Illinois native ranks 36th on TOUR in SG: Off-the-Tee (.428); 124th in SG: Around-the-Green (-.029) and 175th in SG: Putting (-.412).