Shell Houston Open. Russell Henley Wins.

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Russell Henley, from Scotland, wins the last ever Shell Houston Open at Golf Club of Houston in the Lobe Star State of Texas.

Henley earns third TOUR title

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Russell fired a last round -7 under par 65 to win the Shell Houston Open with a -20 under par total, a three shot winning margin.

Russell  overcame a four-shot deficit, for his third PGA Tour victory;

“I made 10 birdies today?”

“Oh, wow. Wow. Yeah, then I guess it’s definitely the best.”

“I wasn’t expecting to go back to Augusta.”

“I was planning on not going, but I was going to try my best to win. So, the fact I get to go back is pretty cool and I’m excited. It hasn’t really sunk in yet.”

“You don’t know what’s going to happen. You never know what’s going to happen in this game.”

Second place went to long time tournament leader Sung Kang, from South Korea, who carded a sad final round of even par 72, for a -17 under par total. His first PGA Tour victory evading him;

“This week is going to be very memorable for me.”

“I played really solid the first few rounds and then it shifted for two rounds.”

“I’ll keep grinding out and working out and hopefully, I can get a chance next time.”

Rickie Fowler, -2 under 70 today, tied for third place  with Luke List, -4 under 68, both having -16 under par totals.

Rickie blamed his performance on an alignment problem;

 “Just an alignment problem that just caused me to make a couple bad swings, cost me a few shots.”

 “Nice that I got it turned around and started to make some good swings and made some birdies and fought back, got a good finish out of it.”

“Obviously, yeah, I would have liked to have gotten off to a better start.”

 

 

 

 

Shell Houston Open. Sung Sails Smoothly On.

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Sung Kang, from South Korea, sails smoothly on at the top of the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston in Texas.

Kang hangs on in Houston

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Sung carded a third round -1 under par 71, to stay on top of the Shell Houston Open leaderboard at -17 under par;

“It was playing very hard today, the wind was blowing much harder and the greens got a lot firmer because we played in the afternoon.”

“The greens got a lot faster.”

“I am so tired right now, I have no power to think about anything.”

The world No 9 is looking for a second victory of 2017

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Rickie Fowler looked like he would at least catch the leader today, until a four putt on the 18th, for a six, derailed his momentum, and pushed him back again. He signed for a third round of -5 under par 67, but it could, and should have been so much better. Rickie is in second place at -14 under par, but will now start the final round tomorrow three shots back;

“Drove it well, hit a lot of fairways and greens, made some good putts.”

 “Really not looking at the last two holes. It was a great day of golf.”

“I’m trying to look at the bright side and be as positive as possible.”

 “I’m happy with the run that we made, but it wasn’t the way I wanted to finish.”

Russell Henley holds third position, just one shot behind Rickie, at -13 under par. Shooting a third round -3 under par 69, making a birdie on the last.

Russell like this course, and can putt well here;

“I do love the greens, and I feel comfortable with a lot of these shots off the tee.”

“There’s a lot of room. I feel when I miss it, I know it. I don’t make a lot of bogeys and roll a couple extra putts in.”

“I love how I finished, making the two birdies was good for me, and hopefully I can continue that tomorrow.”

“Got to stay patient. Probably going to be tough conditions again tomorrow and got to do one shot at a time.”

 

Shell Houston Open. Missing The Cut List Amazing.

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The list of players missing the cut at the Shell Houston Open is amazing, while leader Sung Kang, from South Korea, opens up a huge lead at the top of the leaderboard.

Getting cut, a week before The Masters were, Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Patrick Reed, Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Boo Weekly and defending Champion here Jim Herman.

Kang opens huge lead in Houston

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Sung Kang fired a bogey free -9 under par 63 to top the Shell Houston Open leaderboard at -16 under par, and a six shot advantage over the field going into the weekend.

Tied in second place at -10 under par are Hudson Swafford, USA, -5 under 67 today, and Russell Henley, Scotland, also -5 under 67.

Rickie Fowler suddenly went into reverse on the back nine today, dropping four shots on his last seven holes, to card a second round -1 under 71, to drop into fourth place at -9 under par;

“I’m a little mad. It was a nice front nine, made a couple swings that cost me.”

“One swing with a driver on 12, and then a wedge that kind of just took off high left out of the first cut and rode the wind, ended up making double there.”

“Other than that, give those back and I’m in with 68 and in a lot different position.”

“Hopefully enjoy some good weather tomorrow and pray for a miracle on Sunday.”

 “Like I said, I love where my game is at. I know I can go out and play well and shoot low on this course. Hopefully the weather treats us well.”

Jordan Spieth summed his disastrous day and the improvement in his putting;

“Just an off day, ball-striking wise.”

“I made strides in my putting this week, which is something I can take a lot of confidence into next week.”

“I was a bit rough around the edges in my putting last week in Austin, and really felt like I put better strokes on it here.”

“And putting well next week obviously as we know is important considering I didn’t strike it very well last year and was certainly in position to win.”

Shell Houston Open. Rickie Rampant in 1st Round

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Rickie Fowler was rampant in the 1st round of the  Shell Houston Open with a bogey free 64, in wet and muddy conditions.

Rickie Fowler Round 1 highlights from Shell

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Rickie fired a bogey free -8 under par 64 in the opening round of the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston.

Rickie was happy with the breaks he got in the wet muddy conditions;

“I felt like I got some good breaks with having mud on the same side as where the trouble was and that I could kind of keep it fairly conservative.”

 “If the mud was kind of kicking in, it ended up being a good shot.”

“It’s probably more nervous when you get out there on the mound than we really ever get or maybe close to Ryder Cup nerves.”

 “You’re just hoping not to screw up.”

Sung Kang, from South Korea, is in second place, just one shot back at -6 under par following his first round -7 under par 65, which included a bogey;

“I don’t know anything about the future, and whatever happens, happens.”

 “I’ll just keep doing what I can do the next few days, and I’ll accept the results.”

Sharing third place are Jhonattan Vegas, Stewart Cink and Kyle Stanley, all at -6 under after their opening rounds of 66.

Seven players are tied in fourth position with scores of -5 under par; Justin Rose, Hudson Swafford, Troy Merritt, Russell Henley and Tom Hodge. Hopefully tomorrow the course will have dried out from the recent heavy rains.

 

 

 

Shell Houston Open. Jim Herman Has Maiden Victory.

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Jim Herman has collected his maiden PGA Tour Victory at the Shell Houston Open.

Jim Herman of the United States poses with the trophy after his victory at the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston on April 3, 2016 in Humble, Texas.

Jim Herman with his prized Trophy

Jim carded a final round -4 under par 68 to win the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston, with a tournament total of -15 under par, a one shot maiden victory. Henrik Stenson pushed him all the way, but Jim pulled off a bit of magic with a chip in birdie at 16.

Instead of heading home Jim is now going to Augusta;

“It’s a whirlwind, this is crazy.”

“I’ve dreamt of this for a long time and now it’s here. I’m going to enjoy it.”

“We’ll get our daughter out of school and they’ll be up at Augusta next week.”

“I’m pretty proud of myself to get up there, first time I was in the final group, and bring it home.”

Henrik Stenson finished in second place, that one shot back at -14 under par after his last round of -4 under par 68. Henrik is in a second place slump, this is his  eighth runner-up finish since his last worldwide victory, which was at the European Tour’s DP World Tour Championship in November 2014;

“I feel like a lot of times I put myself in the mix without playing really, really good, which I think is a great statement to my kind of low level of game.”

 “We’ll see when it’s going to happen, sooner or later. I’m not worried about that.”

Third place was claimed by Dustin Johnson, at -13 under par for the tournament, a last round -3 under par 69 not quite good enough.

Round of the day went to Rafa Cabrera Bello, -7 under par 65, which got him into fourth place on his own at -12 under par.

 Jordan Spieth started the final round five shots off the lead, and quickly accomplished his goal to sprint into contention. He birdied five of his first seven holes to reach -11 under par. He seemed unstoppable with a putter in his hand, but bogeys at 9, 11 and 12 followed by  a double-bogey at the 18th, after finding water again, for the eighth time this week, stopped his charge, finishing T13 at -8 under;

“Good news is I got myself in contention.”

 “I felt the nerves, I know what I need to work on under pressure now for next week. Everything is there.”

 

Shell Houston Open. Jim Herman & Jamie Lovemark Share Lead.

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Jim Herman and Jamie Lovemark share the Shell Houston Open lead after 54 holes at the Golf Club of Houston, Texas.

Jim Herman and Jamie Lovemark share the lead at 11 under heading into the final round of the Shell Houston Open (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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Jamie carded a third round -2 under par 70 to share the top spot with Jim, who had a third round of  -5 under par 67, both of them at -11 under par for the Shell Houston Open tournament.

Jamie said he was just taking it easy, while still looking for his first PGA Tour win;

“That was my third or fourth event as a pro. Things seemed kind of easy.”

“Hindsight, it’s not too easy after all. I’m not taking much for granted, just going to do what I do.”

Jim has been out here for five years, he too is still waiting for that elusive first win;

“Houston or any of the other places would be fantastic, just to get one.”

“I’ve been out here five years, and we’ll see what happens tomorrow. If it goes my way, that would be awesome.”

Tied in third place are Henrik Stenson, who carded the days low round, -6 under 66,  Russell Henley-4 under 68 and Dustin Johnson -2 under 70, they all posted 54 hole totals of -10 under par.

Henrik is not putting too well, but playing well;

“The first two days I’ve hit the ball quite nicely but haven’t been putting well.”

“So I worked again yesterday afternoon on that. I got it going a bit better today. I was more comfortable, found some lies and made a couple of beauties out there.”

Roberto Castro is alone in sixth place at -9 under par, scoring a third round -2 under 70.

Charlie Hoffman who was flying high for two days, came down to earth today, racking up two bogey’s and a double, for a third round +2 over 74, and tied for seventh position with Chez Reavie, even par 72 today and Kyle Reifers -4 under 68, all of them with -8 under par totals.

Jordan Spieth shot -2 under 70 today to move into the large group at -6 under and T14. He said was playing well, maybe tomorrow the low round will come;

“I felt like I played well.”

“We had some unreal wind flips on the first six, seven holes, and we were on the wrong end of about six in a row. It’s really tough to stay patient through that.”

“I’m playing really, really solid golf. But it just hasn’t come through in a round of minus six or minus seven.”

“Hopefully that means we’re saving them for tomorrow, or next week.”

Shell Houston Open. Round 2 Supended, Charlie Still in Charge.

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Round 2 of the Shell Houston Open was suspended due to darkness, with Charlie Hoffman still in charge at the top of the Golf Club of Houston leaderboard in Texas.

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Charley carded a second round -2 under 70 to stay at the top of the shell Houston Open leaderboard at -10 under par, after his completed round earlier in the day.

Jamie Lovemark is just one shot behind at -9 under for the tournament, -4 under par 68 today put him firmly in the frame. Five years ago was his last Shell Houston Open appearance, where he had to withdraw because of back pain, that led to surgery. He remembers it well;

“I remember on Wednesday (in 2011), I couldn’t really bend over to get into my setup and I knew that day I was in trouble.”

 “So it feels great to be playing at a course where I couldn’t even compete five years ago.”

“I’ve come a long ways, and hopefully I’ll be able to win and that will be a cool story.”

“Obviously under pressure, the swing changes a little bit, body fluctuates a lot.”

“I’m learning ins and outs of being in contention late on Sunday. Hopefully I’ll get it one of these days.”

Sharing third place at -8 under par are Chez Reavie, -2 under 70 today, Dustin Johnson -1 under 71, both with completed second rounds, and Roberto Castro and Jaime Donaldson who have only completed 15 holes.

Jordan Spieth who shot +1 over par 73 today, is at -4 under for the tournament, but sadly is still suffering from his putting woes;

“I have to putt better, I’m losing a couple strokes to the field on putting and normally we’re gaining strokes.”

“Inside 10 feet, I need to be solid and confident. I can’t get into a rhythm. I’m stepping off putts.”

“I have to get more comfortable, find a setup position that I feel like is going to produce the correct start lines.”

“Those holes are playing at 4.5 strokes today and I played them with two sixes”

 “There’s three strokes right there, as well as two bogeys from 100 yards with wedges in my hand from the fairway this week.”

“The kind of little things that are easy to shave off, but it just kind of really stinks to keep on making those mistakes.”