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The Houston Open could be permanently closed

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The Houston Open looks to be in trouble. While, the PGA Tour won’t release the 2018-2019 schedule until some time around The Players Championship, word regarding schedule changes is already filtering out…and of course speculation abounds.

Unfortunately for the Houston Open, the long-standing Tour stop’s future looks to be in jeopardy on the heels of some recent news. First reported by Houston’s ABC 13 and later by Joel Beall of Golf Digest: The Golf Club of Houston, which has hosted the tournament since 2003, no longer wants to host the competition.

“We received notice this week from the Golf Club of Houston regarding the club’s decision to no longer host a PGA Tour event,” a Houston Golf Association statement said. “The Golf Club of Houston has been a great venue for the Houston Open dating back to 2003 and we look forward to maintaining a great relationship with the club.”

The tournament’s future has looked bleak since 25-year sponsor, Shell, ended its duties in 2017. Additionally, the Golf Club of Houston has been substantially renovated in recent years to provide players conditions similar to what they’ll face the following week at Augusta National.

However, knowing the tournament will move out of the pre-Masters calendar position, clearly didn’t sit well with GCH, and the club is finished playing host.

Thus, any future Houston Open needs a new course and new sponsor, which is, at the very least, a tremendous ask roughly a year out from the potential competition.

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  1. A. Commoner

    Apr 30, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Today’s tour pros are so good they should be playing courses built specifically for their skill level and tournaments. After a well-defined season and creditable concluding tournament, there would be a return to corporate outings at peoples’ courses and a glorious return to “silly season.”

  2. Miuralovechild

    Apr 29, 2018 at 6:47 am

    Houston is a S hole! Good riddance! The club club wasn’t that good anyway. So glad I moved from that S hole.

    • Gavin

      Apr 30, 2018 at 11:24 am

      Is an S hole next to your A hole? Asking for a friend.

  3. Gorden

    Apr 28, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    So sad for the rich country club players, we have lost 5 out of 10 public courses within a 10 mile radius in the last 5 years and today number 6 has been labeled sold possible Housing Project…Southern California has lost more then 12 public courses in 4 years…lets talk about that joke called first tee….can teach the kids how to play just cannot provide a place to play…How many courses will the 1% need by 2030?

  4. ken

    Apr 28, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Good. Texas has too many PGA Tour events( 4) Let it go elsewhere.
    Since the stop is going tobe moved to later in the calendar year, I can see Minneapolis as a good city. Or St Louis

  5. Robert

    Apr 27, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Would like to see a Houston Open at Champions (Cypress Course). Don’t know if Champions’s members would actually want it but golf course is worthy IMO.

    • Ping Guy

      Apr 27, 2018 at 9:12 pm

      I don’t think they can host a pga tour event due to hosting the women’s US open.

  6. Oz

    Apr 27, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Houston is one of the great golfing cities in the United States. There are hundreds of courses and dozens that could and have held the Houston Open in the past. The Woodlands would be a great option.

  7. Ian Poulter

    Apr 27, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Soon as I win a fuc*ing tournament they get rid of it. Lick my nut sack.

  8. Jamie

    Apr 27, 2018 at 10:20 am

    So what’s the real story? Perhaps clearing the way for Bluejack National? Whatever. Houston sucks.

    • DB

      Apr 27, 2018 at 2:28 pm

      Bluejack is too far from anything to hold a tourney, I think it moves to memorial back downtown. And you Swallow……….

  9. Tom Duckworth

    Apr 26, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    There are some very good places to play in the Ozarks I would love to see a tournament in Missouri. The hill country around the Lake of the Ozarks would be a great setting

    • Thirdy8special

      Apr 27, 2018 at 1:11 pm

      Would a tournament(weather-wise) work in the Ozarks just before the Masters?

    • Bobby Tukums

      Apr 27, 2018 at 8:47 pm

      If Lewis &Clark wouldn’t stop in Missouri ..I doubt the pga will

      • The Man

        Apr 29, 2018 at 8:48 am

        Um, the PGA Championship is in St. Louis this year. I’m pretty sure that’s in Missouri.

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Hungover Eddie Pepperell is the real winner of The Open

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Eddie Pepperell is never dull. The Englishman’s candor, articulateness, and skill with a pen make him a great follow on Twitter and beyond.

But even given standard Peperellian forthrightness, it was surprising to hear this: Pepperell was hungover during the final round at Carnoustie…a round in which he fired a 4-under 67.

Pepperell finished tied for sixth at 5-under, three strokes behind Francesco Molinari, and he offered this admission in his final-round press conference.

“I was a little hungover…I had too much to drink last night. And I was so frustrated yesterday, that today was really, I wouldn’t say a write-off, but I didn’t feel I was in the golf tournament. Whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn’t have been heartbreaking. But as it happens, I shot 67. So, you know, it’s a funny game.”

Hitting the course before the winds kicked up, Pepperell birdied the third, fifth, sixth, and 14th holes before rolling in another at the 17th.

He clarified that he’s no wino.

“Listen, I wouldn’t always have a drink the night before. Sometimes I have a few drinks. Tiger is minus-7, he didn’t have a drink last night, I bet. Proper athlete…I didn’t really have that much to drink, just I’m a lightweight, yeah.”

Pepperell clarified that he felt okay this morning, but woke up in the middle of the night feeling poorly. he said. Then it was time to sit back and watch as the leaders battled Carnoustie’s back nine.

Proper athlete or no, Pepperell finished tied with Woods at 5 under.

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Pat Perez: The R&A “do it right, not like the USGA”

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Pat Perez opened The Open, as it were, with a 2-under 69, and at the time of this writing, he’s 4 under for the second round and tied for the lead.

Clearly, there’s something Double P likes about links golf. And when he was asked whether he was surprised by how receptive the greens at Carnoustie were after his opening round, Perez shook his head with conviction and said.

“They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA…They’ve got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you’ve got the greens receptive. They’re not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn’t. The course is just set up perfect.”

“The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”

Pat Perez has no problem speaking his mind. While it has gotten him in trouble in the past, you have to respect his candor. The interesting question, as I asked in the Morning 9, is how many Tour pros agree him?

Sure, it’s unlikely any of Perez’s compatriots will join him publicly in his “R&A does it right, USGA does it wrong” stance, but it’d be very interesting to know what percentage are of the same mind.

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68 at the British Open in the morning, golf with hickories at St Andrews in the afternoon

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Yes, golf fans, just another day in the charmed life (or week, at least) of one Brandon Stone.

Stoney (as I assume his friends call him), came to Carnoustie on the heels of a final-round 60 to win the Scottish Open. All he did in his opening round was fire a 3-under 68. Not bad!

But his Thursday to remember was only getting started as Stone made the 25-mile trip south to the Old Course to peg it…with a set of hickory clubs! Well played, sir, well played.

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