PGA Tour Houston Open

Shell Houston Open
Vijay Singh is a three-time winner of the Houston Open. Photo © Rich Hodge; used with permission

The PGA Tour 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.

Oil company Shell was the title sponsor from 1992 through 2017, but in 2018 the event took place without a sponsor.

2019 Houston Open
The Houston Open will not be played during the tour's 2018-19 season, but it will be part of the 2019-20 season schedule in the Fall of 2019. The move is part of a transition from former title sponsor Shell to management by the Astros Foundation.

2018 Tournament
Ian Poulter and Beau Hossler, each needing to win to get into the next week's Masters Tournament, finished 72 holes tied at 19-under 269. But in the playoff, Poulter won this tournament with a par to claim the trophy and a Masters invitation. It was Poulter's first PGA Tour win since 2012.

2017 Houston Open
A final-round 65 propelled Russell Henley past second- and third-round leader Sung Kang and to the victory. Kang opened the tournament 65-63, setting a tournament scoring record for the first 36 holes. Kang still led after a third-round 71. But in the final round, Henley's 65 was seven strokes better than Kang's 72. Henley finished at 20-under 268, three strokes in front. It was Henley's third career win on the PGA Tour.

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PGA Tour 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 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 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 Houston Open Winners:

    (p-playoff; w-weather shortened)

    2018 - Ian Poulter-p, 269

    Shell Houston Open
    2017 - Russell Henley, 268
    2016 - Jim Herman, 273
    2015 - J.B. Holmes-p, 272
    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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