PGA Shell Houston Open Tees Off With One Eye on Next Week’s Masters

The final tune-up before the Masters will take place in Humble, Texas from Thursday to Sunday as the Shell Houston Open tees off early Thursday morning.

Jimmy Walker is coming off last week’s victory at the Valero Texas Open, shooting -11 over the four-day tournament. Walker is the first repeat winner on the tour this season, and is ranked No. 1 in the FedEx Cup rankings.

Some golfers to keep an eye on are Jordan Spieth, J.B. Holmes, Patrick Reed and Matt Jones. Spieth, who is in home state of Texas, is the hottest player on the tour right now, finishing second last week and earning his fifth top-10 finish in his last seven tour events.  Holmes has had success in this event before, finished second in 2009 and tying for eighth in 2012.

Reed hasn’t teed off since Valspar, but has made 16 consecutive cuts and is one of the best at scrambling on the tour. This course is one of the hardest courses in terms of scrambling from the rough, so that skill may come in handy this weekend. Lastly, Jones won the event last year and has finished in the top-15 in three straight starts.

According to TiqIQ.com, Shell Houston Golf Open tickets increase as it gets later in the week. Thursday has an average price of $32, Friday’s average is $34, Saturday’s average is $45 and Sunday’s average ticket price is $47. It’s a perfect time to book your flight to Houston through Hipmunk.com to catch a golf tournament for a reasonable price before the Masters. You can stay all four rounds, reserving Houston hotels through Hipmunk from $84 and up.

For next week’s Masters tournament, Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson are the two Las Vegas favorites to win the tournament. Both of them are not playing in this week’s Shell Houston Open in preparation for next week.

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