Woody Austin makes 10th start at Shell Houston Open.
After his last missed-cut at the Valspar Championship, Austin is now 0-for-6 on the season. The 51-year-old has not recorded a top-10 finish since his win at the 2013 Sanderson Farms Championship, a span of 34 events. His fantasy value this week remains in the cellar as overall, he's 5-for-9 at SHO with no top 10s and although 2-for-3 since the move to GC of Houston's Tournament Course, his best finish was a T42 in 2007.
Anirban Lahiri is in the published field at the Shell Houston Open.
Lahiri is making his second start in the U.S. and looks to improve on his 19-over-par T71 finish (of 73 players) at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. At 33rd in the Official World Golf Ranking, he is already exempt into next week's Masters (his first) and is also making his inaugural visit to the Golf Club of Houston. The 27-year-old Indian earned European Tour membership as a Q School grad and has quickly made the most of it with two wins in the span of three weeks including a playoff win in his home country's Indian Open, which saw him erase a seven-shot deficit in the final round. On the strength of those two wins he currently stands fourth in the Race to Dubai rankings.
Jonathan Randolph has crashed the field at this week's Shell Houston Open.
Randolph was the fourth alternate when the field was released on Friday afternoon. He gained entry when Justin Hicks withdrew and Bill Lunde passed on the opening as an alternate. The rookie will be making his first appearance in the SHO. He's 5-for-12 this season but still in pursuit of his first top 25. This week's stop is also the final event of the third phase of the reshuffle, so he has everything to gain from this belated entry.
Justin Hicks has withdrawn from this week's Shell Houston Open.
He missed the cut at the Valero Texas Open by four strokes to extend his drought without a payday to five starts. Hicks was dealing with a hip injury that forced him to withdraw during the Puerto Rico Open, so nothing is going right for the 40-year-old. If he's still on your season-long roster, he probably shouldn't be, especially at 202nd in the FedExCup standings.
Cameron Percy has been added to the published field of this week's Shell Houston Open.
The Aussie was the second alternate when the field was released on Friday afternoon, but he was the second beneficiary of a tee time at the Golf Club of Houston following a pair of withdrawals today. He closed out the Valero Texas Open on Sunday with a 3-under 69 to place T15, two strokes outside the top 10, which would have automatically granted an exemption into this week's tournament. It was his first top 25 on the PGA TOUR in over two years. Now 156th in the FedExCup standings, he'll be gunning to make it 3-for-3 in Houston. After a T35 in his debut in 2010, Percy shared 70th place in 2013.
Whee Kim has gained entry into this week's Shell Houston Open.
Kim was the first alternate when the field was released on Friday afternoon. He wiggled in following two withdrawals this morning. The PGA TOUR rookie is 5-for-9 this season but has just one top-45 finish (T21, Pebble Beach). While he hasn't played the PGA TOUR since a T47 in Puerto Rico, Kim laced it up at last week's Chitimacha Louisiana Open on the Web.com Tour and shared 23rd place. Not surprisingly, he'll be making his debut in the SHO.
John Peterson has been removed from the published field of this week's Shell Houston Open. NOTE: Bill Lunde also withdrew as an alternate.
Peterson finished a season-best T11 at the Valero Texas Open to rise to 53rd in the FedExCup standings. He continues to be a refreshing source of cuts made as he's missed only one in 13 starts. The native and resident of Fort Worth didn't qualify for the Masters, so he'll get two weeks off.
Henrik Stenson has withdrawn from this week's Shell Houston Open due to a fever and a sore throat.
reported the news. Stenson has been on a tear, and this setback is unrelated to his golf swing, so we shouldn't adjust our lofty expectations in advance of next week's Masters where he placed a career-best T14 last year.