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The Houston Open could be permanently closed



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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Ricky Barnes DQd at the Byron Nelson



Ricky Barnes took a trip to Dairy Queen at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Barnes was disqualified following his second round 1-over 72. He signed for a three at the par-4 sixth hole, when in fact he had made a par.

Ultimately, he won’t rue his impromptu trip to get a Blizzard: Barnes was 3 over and was in no danger of making the cut.

Because this is the world we live in, Barnes apparently found out about the DQ via LuckyTrout Golf Pool on Twitter.

Of course, no scorecard error will ever top “What a stupid I am,” Roberto De Vicenzo signing for 66 when he shot 65, handing the green jacket to Bob Goalby at the 1968 Masters. Such an unfortunate legacy for a man who won hundreds of tournaments around the world.

Also unfortunate: Ricky Barnes is on the way for being remembered as a man who never lived up to the promise he showed at that same tournament, The Masters, as an amateur.

Let’s hope that changes.

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WATCH/LOOK AWAY: Jordan Spieth misses a 15-inch putt



Aren’t you glad there isn’t video of all the 15-inch putts you’ve missed? I certainly am.

Unfortunately for Jordan Spieth, his failed attempt from little more than a foot at the Byron Nelson was captured on video, and it will exist on the internet for all eternity.

Spieth, who has struggled with the flatstick lately, stood over a short par putt at the par-4 15th hole, and well…

Spieth is currently 183rd on the PGA Tour this season in strokes gained: putting, losing .412 strokes per round to the field on the greens.

But at least he hit the hole, right?

Here’s the offending weapon: Spieth’s trusty Scotty Cameron 009.

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GolfWRX members debate: What should the World Golf Hall of Fame criteria be?



There have been a couple of controversial inclusions on the World Golf Hall of Fame. This isn’t to rehash, say, Fred Couples earning a spot, but rather, take a look at entry criteria.

More specifically, GolfWRX member playar32 writes

“I know the actual criteria is 15 tour wins, or 2 majors/Players championship. But what’s YOUR minimum?…For example, if a player won a “B” tournament every year (the one opposite a WGC event), every year in a row for 15 years, but missed the cut in every other event, would you still considered them HOF?”

It’s an interesting point. Specifically, the World Golf Hall of Fame criteria for an active male golfer is as follows.

“A player must have a cumulative total of 15 or more official victories on any of the original members of the International Federation of PGA Tours (PGA TOUR, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, Sunshine Tour, Asian Tour and PGA of Australasia) OR at least two victories among the following events: The Masters, THE PLAYERS Championship, the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship.”

Further, a player must be at least 50 or five years removed from competition.

Here are some other WRX members’ takes.

Bladehunter says

“15 tour wins and 2 majors for me. Otherwise almost every 1 major winner out there is in.”

McCann1 says

“If we won’t remember your name without the HOF in 50 years I think you shouldn’t be in.”

Fowlerscousin says

“If any of these three criteria are met: 3 or more majors. Minimum 5 Ryder cup appearances. 15 tour victories.”

Hawkeye77 says

“Whatever the criteria are, don’t ever think about it unless someone whose speech I want to hear gets in.’

Golfer929 has more stringent standards

“20 Wins. 3 Majors. 2 Ryder Cup/President Cup appearances. 100 total weeks inside Top 50 OWGR.”

Golfgirlrobin says

“I’d like to see them go to some sort of point system like the LPGA uses. Factor in everything that’s important and let the chips fall where they may.”

You’ll want to check out the rest of what GolfWRX members have to say in the thread.

There are a ton off questions to consider when thinking about which current/recent players should make the HoF.

A few…

1. Should the standards be on par with other sports? If so, what does that look like?
2. If the WGHOF should be more/less stringent, why?
3. How important are major victories? Why two and not three?
4. Why 15 wins and not 10? Or 20?

All important questions, and ones which the golf fans of the world should be able to weigh in on, rather than merely a selection committee of 16 people.

Let us know what you think, GolfWRX members!

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