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Vijay Singh is a three-time winner of the Houston Open.

Photo © Rich Hodge; used with permission

About the PGA Tour Shell Houston Open:

The PGA Tour Shell Houston Open dates to 1946, when the Houston stop on the PGA Tour schedule debuted as the "Tournament of Champions." The Houston Open is now played at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble, a Houston suburb.
2014 Tournament
Matt Jones fired a final-round 66 to come from six shots back and tie Matt Kuchar, then beat Kuchar on the first playoff hole for the win. Kuchar shot 72 in the final round. On the first playoff hole, Jones won it with a birdie. It was Jones' first PGA Tour victory.

2013 Tournament
D.A. Points shot a final-round 66 to earn the one-stroke victory over runners-up Henrik Stenson and Billy Horschel. The win earned Points a spot in the 2013 Masters field. Stenson's second-place finish was also good enough to boost him into the Top 50 in the world rankings and a spot in the Masters.

2012 Shell Houston Open
Hunter Mahan posted his second win of the season, edging Carl Pettersson by one stroke. Mahan and Pettersson both closed with 71s, but third-round leader Louis Oosthuizen struggled to a 75 and fell to third place. It was Mahan's fourth career PGA Tour victory.

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PGA Tour Shell Houston Open Records:

  • Overall record: 266 - Curtis Strange and Lee Trevino, 1980
  • Tournament course record: 62 - Ron Streck, 1981 (Woodlands Country Club), Fred Funk, 1992 (TPC Woodlands), Greg Chalmers and Jeff Maggert, 2003 (Redstone GC/Member Course), Vijay Singh, 2005 (Member Course)

PGA Tour Shell Houston Open Golf Courses:

The Golf Club of Houston in Humble, a Houston suburb, is the host club for the PGA Tour Shell Houston Open. (It was formerly called Redstone Golf Club.) The club is private, as is its Member Course that hosted this event from 2003-2005. The club's Tournament Course opened in 2006 and first hosted the tournament that year. The Tournament Course is a public course.

    Other Host Courses
    (courses in Houston unless noted)
  • River Oaks Country Club
  • Memorial Park Golf Course
  • Pine Forest Country Club
  • BraeBurn Country Club
  • Sharpstown CC
  • Champions Golf Club
  • Westwood CC
  • Quail Valley Golf Club (Missouri City)
  • Woodlands Country Club (The Woodlands)
  • TPC Woodlands (The Woodlands)

PGA Tour Shell Houston Open Trivia and Notes:

  • When Stuart Appleby won in 2006, he became the first wire-to-wire winner in the Houston Open's history.

  • Appleby's six-shot victory also matched the tournament record for largest margin of victory, previously set by Vijay Singh (2002) and Jack Burke Jr. (1952).

  • Curtis Strange and Vijay Singh share the tournament record for most wins with three each. Strange won the Houston Open in 1980, 1986 and 1988; and Singh in 2002, 2004, 2005.
  • Roberto De Vicenzo's win at the 1968 Houston Open came just three weeks after his infamous mistake at The Masters, where he signed an incorrect scorecard and the penalty cost him a spot in a playoff.

  • Speaking of playoffs, there have been more at the Houston Open than at any other event on the PGA Tour schedule save for the U.S. Open.

  • The Houston Open debuted in 1946 as the "Tournament of Champions." Texans Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan finished 1-2, with Nelson winning by two strokes.

  • The 1981 Houston Open was won by Ron Streck, who thereby became the first golfer to win a PGA Tour event while carrying a metalwood.

PGA Tour Shell Houston Open Winners:

(p-playoff; w-weather shortened)

Shell Houston Open
2014 - Matt Jones-p, 273
2013 - D.A. Points, 272
2012 - Hunter Mahan, 272
2011 - Phil Mickelson, 268
2010 - Anthony Kim, 276
2009 - Paul Casey, 277
2008 - Johnson Wagner, 272
2007 - Adam Scott, 271
2006 - Stuart Appleby, 269
2005 - Vijay Singh-p, 275
2004 - Vijay Singh, 277
2003 - Fred Couples, 267
2002 - Vijay Singh, 266
2001 - Hal Sutton, 278
2000 - Robert Allenby-p, 275
1999 - Stuart Appleby, 279
1998 - David Duval, 276
1997 - Phil Blackmar-p, 276
1996 - Mark Brooks-p, 274
1995 - Payne Stewart-p, 276
1994 - Mike Heinen, 272
1993 - Jim McGovern-p-w, 199
1992 - Fred Funk, 272

Independent Insurance Agent Open
1991 - Fulton Allem, 273
1990 - Tony Sills-p-w, 204
1989 - Mike Sullivan, 280
1988 - Curtis Strange-p, 270

Big I Houston Open
1987 - Jay Haas-p, 276

Houston Open
1986 - Curtis Strange-p, 274
1985 - Raymond Floyd, 277

Houston Coca-Cola Open
1984 - Corey Pavin, 274
1983 - David Graham, 275

Michelob Houston Open
1982 - Ed Sneed-p, 275
1981 - Ron Streck-w, 198
1980 - Curtis Strange-p, 266

Houston Open
1979 - Wayne Levi, 268
1978 - Gary Player, 270
1977 - Gene Littler, 276
1976 - Lee Elder, 278
1975 - Bruce Crampton, 273
1974 - Dave Hill, 276
1973 - Bruce Crampton, 277
1972 - Bruce Devlin, 278

Houston Champions International
1971 - Hubert Green-p, 280
1970 - Gibby Gilbert-p, 282
1969 - No Tournament
1968 - Roberto De Vicenzo, 274
1967 - Frank Beard, 274
1966 - Arnold Palmer, 275

Houston Classic
1965 - Bobby Nichols, 273
1964 - Mike Souchak, 278
1963 - Bob Charles, 268
1962 - Bobby Nichols-p, 278
1961 - Jay Hebert-p, 276
1960 - Bill Collins-p, 280
1959 - Jack Burke Jr.-p, 277

Houston Open
1958 - Ed Oliver, 281
1957 - Arnold Palmer, 279
1956 - Ted Kroll, 277
1955 - Mike Souchak, 273
1954 - Dave Douglas, 277
1953 - Cary Middlecoff-p, 283
1952 - Jack Burke, Jr., 277
1951 - Marty Furgol, 277
1950 - Cary Middlecoff, 277

Tournament of Champions
1949 - Johnny Palmer, 272
1948 - No Tournament
1947 - Bobby Locke, 277
1946 - Byron Nelson, 274

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