PGA TOUR Set for Texas Tussle

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2006 Shell Houston OpenHUMBLE, Texas -- Finally finished with the Florida Swing the PGA TOUR heads into Texas for this week's Shell Houston Open.
 
Last year, Stuart Appleby walked off with his second win of the season as he went wire-to-wire for a six-stroke victory.
 
Appleby closed with a 5-under 67 to match the largest winning margin in event history. The Australian also became the first player in the 60-year history of the Houston Open to go wire-to-wire for the win.
 
Stuart Appleby
Stuart Appleby is the defending champion this week in Houston. (WireImage)
Appleby had won the Mercedes Championship -- for the third straight year -- earlier in the season for his first win of '06.
 
With the big change in the PGA TOUR schedule, this event is being played three weeks earlier than last year. In 2006, the Houston Open was two weeks after the Masters, however this season it is the week prior to the season's first major.
 
Being the week before the Masters, many of the top players in the world are taking the week off as just two of the top-10 will be at Redstone this week.
 
However, the field will boast some of Europe's best as they come over to the U.S. to prepare for the first major of '07. Among the European Tour stalwarts teeing it up this week are Lee Westwood, 2005 U.S. Open Champion Michael Campbell, Peter Lonard, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jeev Milkha Singh.
 
Redstone is hosting the event for the second straight year after 27 years in The Woodlands area. The TPC of The Woodlands had hosted the previous 18 years.
 
As usual the GOLF CHANNEL will cover the opening two rounds. After that, the NBC golf team takes over for the final two rounds.
 
Next week, the world's best will be at Augusta National Golf Club for the Masters, where Phil Mickelson will defend his title.
 
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