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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.

RELATED: Detroit could be getting a PGA Tour event

 

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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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GolfWRX Classifieds Spotlight (06/05/20) – Scotty Cameron, TaylorMade Tour, GC Quad

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member jadedennill – Scotty Cameron CX-01

What a great price for a limited edition putter. This Scotty Cameron CX-01 is only 1 of 500 and offers a very unique look in a higher MOI blade design.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Scotty CSX-01

Member nc2lane – Foresight GC Quad

This ad feels like the classic episode of “The Simpsons,” where the family travels to a quiet east coast beach town and Lisa reinvents herself for the summer. To reinvent her look she takes her mom shopping for clothes and while off-camera you here “Mom come quick BRING MONEY!”

Well, you better bring the money, because state-of-the-art launch monitors don’t come cheap, but you certainly get what you pay for with the GC Quad from Foresight.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: GC Quad Launch Monitor

Member TheGriftKings – Unicorn 2015 8.5 M2 Driver

This is still one of the best and most sought after TaylorMade tour issue drivers of all time. This head is in amazing shape—basically new and at 8.5 degrees of loft, it’s even rarer.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: TaylorMade M2 Driver

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds 

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Check out Tiger Woods’ incredible handicap index history from his entire career

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Ever wondered what Tiger Woods’ handicap index has been throughout his career? Well, one statistician, Lou Stagner of Decade Golf, did some serious number crunching and the results are fascinating. 

From 1996 right through to today, Stagner used course rating and slope for each course in his research and calculated a differential for each round to find out what Tiger’s index would have been each year of his pro career.

You can see the impressive results in the graph below.

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The results show that Woods was at his very best handicap wise in 2008 when he bossed a +9.4 index, his average index was +6.7 throughout his career, his current index is 6.5, and as Stagner noted, he was +7 or better for 35% of his handicap revisions.

It’s also worth noting that the results are not adjusted to tournament conditions. Not bad, eh?

 

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Henrik Stenson: Fan-less Ryder Cup is better than nothing

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On Thursday, ‘Henrik Stenson Almost An Hour’ podcast presented by Callaway Golf aired for the first time, with the Swede sharing his thoughts on his playing schedule going forward, the tour’s return as well as a potential spectator-less Ryder Cup.

On the new bi-weekly podcast, Stenson described the potential of a Ryder Cup with no fans as being “very blunt”, but did stress that even a spectator-less Ryder Cup is better than no Ryder Cup at all.

“For the atmosphere and for the feeling, for us as players that would be, very blunt, it would be something that you can’t really imagine at this point.

Then looking at the bigger picture, if that’s the only way that the Ryder Cup can go ahead, and if it’s not an option to play it next year with crowds, with fans, then I would prefer to play a Ryder Cup than to not play a Ryder Cup.”

Stenson revealed he wouldn’t be returning to the U.S. until mid-July, and he’s expecting the first couple of week’s back to be “messy” as the players and officials adjust to the new conditions.

“I’ll sit out a few weeks and see how everything gets going. I think it might be a little bit more messy the first couple of weeks as well before everyone finds their bearings with testing and everything.

So I’ll watch it from the couch the first couple of weeks and most likely then with the current restrictions I will travel over in mid-July to Lake Nona. I’ll have a couple of weeks of practice and then I’ll tee it up at the WGC FedEx tournament in Memphis.”

Once the 44-year-old does get Stateside again, you can expect to see him often as he plans to play “every week up until Christmas.”

“And once I get over and start playing, I can pretty much play every week up until Christmas. Because (there’s) going to be lots of golf tournaments, and it’s not going to be a shortage. So I’m just kind of tweaking my return a little bit and will probably play a bit more in the fall.”

‘Henrik Stenson Almost An Hour’ podcast presented by Callaway Golf will air every other Thursday here.

 

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