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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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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today: 9/20/18

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If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Aiken Golf Club, looks like y’all are good to go. All bag room and cart barn photos are 100% WRX approved.

Some puttorial handiwork from Bradley Putters, here. Acrylic + wood = nastiness.

A post that will only resonate with golfers of a certain age…

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When golf balls were golf balls….

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Do lambs travel in a herd? (Technically correct, according to Google)

Lovely Lincoln ball makers, indeed. Nice work here from CNC Creations.

The expected singular ferrule work from Boyd Blade & Ferrule. Very nice.

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Lovely Red Bird & Avian wand.

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Heat-stained, Stamped & Fitted. ??

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If you’re on Instagram, remember to hashtag your photos #GolfWRX. And if you’re not on Instagram, well, don’t.

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ICYMI: The incredible story of a golf course artist freed from jail

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Since Max Adler of Golf Digest profiled convicted killer and golf artist Valentino Dixon in 2012, the Attica inmate has been on much of the golf audience’s collective radar.

It wasn’t just that Dixon, who never so much stepped onto a golf course in his life, dedicated himself to putting beautiful golf landscapes on paper, but rather, many, including Adler, believed he was wrongfully convicted. Jimmy Roberts, too, profiled Dixon, albeit in video form, and was of the same mind.

Adler and Roberts both played a small part in what happened this week, as the publicity generated by their work alerted wrongful conviction advocates to Dixon’s case: Dixon’s murder conviction was vacated.

It’s an incredible story of both justice served (albeit woefully late), and a surprising passion. If you’re unfamiliar with Dixon’s work, you can see some of it in this YouTube video by tinad426, presumably featuring the photos of his drawings taken by Golf Digest. (Many outlets refer to Dixon’s art as “paintings.” This is incorrect as his medium in colored pencil: he wasn’t allowed to use paint and paintbrushes)

“The guys [in prison] can’t understand,” Dixon said. “They always say I don’t need to be drawing this golf stuff. I know it makes no sense, but for some reason my spirit is attuned to this game.”

A quick recap of the case: Dixon had been serving a minimum 38-year-to-life sentence since August, 1991, for the shooting of 17-year-old Torriano Jackson, allegedly following an argument about a girl.

While Dixon admitted he was at the crime scene, he claimed was in a nearby liquor store at the time of the killing. Georgetown University’s Prisons and Justice Initiative found that a gunpowder test on Dixon’s clothes had come back negative and the prosecution failed to share the information with the defence.

Additionally, Lamarr Scott told local media he was in fact the shooter, and has maintained that he, not Dixon, was guilty in the years since.

He was never arrested for the crime. However, Scott, in jail for a separate crime, was given the opportunity to formally confess to the crime this week. He did so, and Dixon was exonerated hours later.

“Maybe he’ll even take up golf,” Golf Digest’s Max Adler quoted his subject of six years ago as saying.

Let’s hope he does.

 

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today

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If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

The folks at Dormie Workshop continue to outdo themselves. It’s ubearable.

The Peoples Clubs with a sick set of NCW blades they just built.

Heckuva an action by one of Jimmy Hutchings’ young pupils.

Kraken Golf is working on a deathly cool project.

Michael Martinez with a savage mock-up of some Ryder Cup Jordans

About right…

We think so too, Kevin.

If you’re on Instagram, remember to hashtag your photos #GolfWRX. And if you’re not on Instagram, well, don’t.

 

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