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David Hearn has withdrawn from the Shell Houston Open, prior to his round one tee time.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

Geoff Ogilvy looks to get back on track as he readies for this week's Shell Houston Open.

Playing this season on a Top 50 career money list exemption, Ogilvy is 4-for-10 to open the season but arrives with three straight missed cuts to his name. That has him positioned nicely at 90th in the FedExCup race. Remaining inside the top 125 would be a great feat by season's end, allowing him to regain full status without leaning on career accomplishments. This week's venue presents a decent opportunity for the Aussie, as he posted finishes of T2 and T6 in his first two appearances at Golf Club of Houston, although he's finished outside the top 40 in four visits since. Gamers needing an off-the-radar flier can give Ogilvy a look this week in Humble, Texas.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 28 - 8:55 AM

Ángel Cabrera looks for an Augusta National tuneup as he takes his talents into this week's Shell Houston Open.

The Argentine often flashes some form out of nowhere when the Masters rolls around, but that hasn't translated to this event which is setup in similar fashion. Cabrera is 6-for-10 at the Shell Houston Open with three top 25s, highlighted by a T16 in 2013. More recently, El Pato has missed the cut in four of his last starts, dating back to August of last year, so his game appears to be a bit adrift. In on a sponsor's invite this week, the three-time TOUR winner would love to bank some FedExCup Points this week as he currently finds it tough to schedule out of the Past Champions category.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 28 - 8:45 AM

Steven Bowditch heads home to Texas ahead of this week's Shell Houston Open, hoping to break out of a eight-event slide.

The transplanted Aussie has hoisted both of his PGA TOUR trophies in his (now) home state of Texas. Those wins came at the 2014 Valero Texas Open and 2015 AT&T Byron Nelson. Perhaps a little home cooking is all that's needed to break out of his current funk, arriving with eight straight missed cuts to his name. On the down side, this week's venue hasn't been the source of success for Bowditch in the past, posting a 1-for-6 record with just a T56 in 2013. Gamers can continue to hold off with Bowditch but if there is ever to take a chance on the Aussie, it will be in the state of Texas.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 28 - 8:38 AM

Peter Uihlein's strong 2017 form transferred to the PGA Tour last week and his success there earned him a spot in the Shell Houston Open.

After the injury woes of 2016 Uihlein has bounced back in promising style this term, posting five top 20 finishes on the European Tour and then rubber-stamping his progress with T5 in last week's Puerto Rico Open. All four of his laps in the Caribbean were sub-70, the first time he has achieved that since the Turkish Airlines Open of November 2015. If all that news sounds trumpets, his record in Texas blows one. He's 0-for-3 and has broken 74 just once in six rounds. The slightly better news is that on his only previous performance at the GC of Houston his first round 69 had him T38 (although the second round 78 will be something he'll prefer to forget).
Mar 28 - 6:38 AM

Ernie Els will be looking to maintain his tournament consistency when he tees it up in the Shell Houston Open this week.

The big South African boasts a tournament record of 8-for-8 and whilst that run includes three top 20 finishes it lacks even one inside the top ten. It is actually a record that mirrors his log book in all of Texas: he is 21-for-25 there since 1996. But the fact that he has no win and only four top fives in there is somewhat surprising for a golfer of his standard. It might also be a concern that he has missed his last two weekends in the Lone Star State (at last year's Texas Open and Byron Nelson Championship). Even more worrying, he is 0-for-4 on the PGA Tour in 2017 and is yet to go sub-70. Neck injuries have been a problem and he'll be desperate to find some form ahead of what could be his final appearance at Augusta National next week.
Source: PGATour.com
Mar 28 - 6:31 AM

New dad Chris Wood will tee it up at the Shell Houston Open for the first time since 2010 - and will be hoping to make the weekend this time.

The Englishman is in the middle of a three week spell in the States which took in last week's World Golf Championship World Match Play (1-2) and leads up to the Masters next week; the obvious bridge was to give this tournament another try. Seven years ago rounds of 72-75 didn't work and he'll be hoping a return to strokeplay will help his form because he made the cut (and the top 30) at the Qatar Masters, Dubai Desert Classic and Mexico Championship. His wife Bethany gave birth to a boy one month ago so he has the tough act of being a dad via Skype lined up against the boost that having a son is reputed to provide any man in his profession, never mind a golfer.
Source: PGATour.com
Mar 28 - 6:22 AM

Justin Rose will make a fifth start in the Shell Houston Open this year, as he sharpens his game ahead of next week's quest for a second major championship title.

The Englishman has never quite sussed this tournament. Back in 2004 he missed the cut on the Member course and on this week's track he pegged T52-T14 in 2009-10, then T37 12 months ago. His inability to go low has been at fault, as consistency is no problem (he's yet to better 68). If that is likely to steer gamers away this week, his seasonal form has been solid enough to warrant a question mark about writing him off. Six starts into 2017 he is yet to miss a cut, and has four times finished T13 or better. If hoping for 2013 U.S. Open champion to contend beware his state record: T2 in the Texas Open back in 2006, he has otherwise failed to break the top ten in his 13 visits.
Source: PGATour.com
Mar 28 - 6:04 AM

For the first time in seven years Adam Scott's Masters prep takes in a visit to the Shell Houston Open.

The Aussie was last seen in this tournament back in 2010 and it is somewhat surprising that he has played it so infrequently given that since the move to Houston GC he has found real form, winning in 2007, opening with a 63 in 2008 (admittedly a second round 76 saw him miss the weekend) and carding a T14 in 2010. Perhaps he is looking to not only reacquaint himself with the course, but also create a new pre-Masters vibe because since winning at Augusta National in 2013 he is yet to add a top ten there; something needed to change. One thing Scott will enjoy is a return to Texas: he is a four-time winner in the state and all at different venues (Colonial, Las Colinas and San Antonio make up the grand slam). Last seen limping to the weekend in the Mexico Championship (73-76) before finding something in his game to post two 68s to close.
Source: PGATour.com
Mar 28 - 5:55 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

Arriving fresh off a top 10 on the Web.com Tour, Robert Allenby will look to maintain that momentum as he preps for this week's Shell Houston Open.

Allenby came up seven shots shy at last week's Louisiana Open, but still picked up a T5 for his efforts. While it may have come on a lower-tiered tour, it's promising nonetheless for a veteran who hasn't secured a top 40 on the PGA TOUR since the 2015 Frys.com Open (T8). Cracking the field this week with a sponsor's invite, Allenby is a long shot to contend but there is a bit of light after last week's showing.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 27 - 7:17 PM

Grayson Murray is leaking oil ahead of his tournament debut at this week's Shell Houston Open.

Making more waves on social media than the golf course recently, Murray arrives on the heels of five straight missed cuts. He'll have no shortage of starts, however, playing this season as the leading money winner from the 2016 Web.com Tour Finals. That status category will give him priority over the rest of the WCT graduates. With eight top 10s in 17 starts last season, the talent is certainly there, but gamers can continue to hold off until it translates to the main stage.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 27 - 7:10 PM

Bob Estes looks to find some form as he readies for this week's Shell Houston Open in Humble, Texas.

Playing on a Major Medical, the veteran is 1-for-6 to open the season. Most recently, he popped over to the PGA TOUR Champions circuit to pick up a T23 at the Tucson Conquistadores Classic. Perhaps seeing his name higher on the leaderboard will provide a spark this week as he returns to the major leagues. With 17 starts remaining on his medical extension, he still needs to earn $536,500 or 355.750 FedExCup Points to fulfill the terms. In his favor, Estes boasts a strong track record at the Golf Club of Houston, recording three top 10s here in seven visits.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 27 - 7:04 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



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