How you can enjoy Augusta-like conditions at Redstone

By Mike BaileyMarch 26, 2010, 5:17 pm
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The 18th hole at Redstone Golf Club (Photo courtesy Redstone)

Conducting a PGA Tour event the week before the Masters used to be a curse, but officials at the Shell Houston Open, April 1-4 at Redstone Golf Club, figured out how to work the slot to their advantage, and regular golfers can benefit from the strategy as well.

In 2006, the Shell Houston Open was moved up to the first week in April. Having just built the brand-new Rees Jones-designed Tournament Course, Redstone and Houston Golf Association decided to make lemonade out of lemons by trying to emulate the conditions at Augusta National. Of course, Redstone is fairly flat, especially compared to Augusta, but the idea was that players would want to come play Redstone because of its fast greens, perfect ryegrass fairways, little rough and tight lies around the greens, in preparation for the Masters. In fact, in preparation for this year's event, officials shaved a few more areas near the lakes, meaning balls that come up short or go long could wind up in the water, just like at Augusta.

The strategy has worked brilliantly, and with the exception of Tiger Woods, the Shell Houston Open has successfully landed most of the world's top players recently. This year, for example, Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington, Ernie Els, Lee Westwood, Paul Casey and Rory McIlroy are all scheduled to play in Houston.

What this means to golfers is that from December to May, they, too, can enjoy these perfect conditions. But just like Augusta, Redstone shuts down for a while in the summer, since it's not really a warm-season golf course.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.