Fact Pack: Shell Houston Open

By Will GrayMarch 26, 2013, 8:47 pm

This week the PGA Tour heads to Texas for the first time in 2013, as Redstone Golf Club plays host to the Shell Houston Open. With many players using this event as final preparation for The Masters, conditions on and around the greens are expected to emulate those that participants will likely encounter at Augusta National in two weeks. With that in mind, here is a look inside the numbers to see which players may contend for the title and help your Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge team in the process:

Geoff Ogilvy is in the field this week in Humble in the hopes of securing a spot in the season's first major. Currently No. 50 in the world, Ogilvy will need to remain inside the top 50 through this week's event in order to earn an invitation to the Masters next month. There's reason to think he'll find success at Redstone; in six starts here since 2003, the Aussie has four top-10 finishes, including a runner-up showing in 2008.

• Having missed last year's event, Chris Kirk returns to Redstone for the first time since his runner-up finish here in 2011. Kirk, who was second to Brandt Snedeker earlier this year at Pebble Beach, led the field in GIR percentage in Houston two years ago, reaching 63 of 72 greens in regulation en route to becoming the only player in the field with four rounds in the 60s.

• After two seasons on the Web.com Tour, Brian Stuard has made his return to the senior circuit a memorable one. His tie for 16th at Bay Hill was his sixth top-30 finish in eight starts to begin the year, including three top-10 finishes, and he now finds himself ninth on Tour in the all-around ranking and 10th in strokes gained putting.

• Winning at Redstone will likely require making birdies in bunches, but perhaps an even stronger emphasis will be placed on avoiding bogeys. Since the course began hosting this event in 2003, only one champion has made more than seven bogeys all week en route to victory (Paul Casey won in 2009 despite 10 total bogeys). Last year's champion, Hunter Mahan, made only two bogeys all week against 18 total birdies.

• Though his tie for 50th at Bay Hill broke a streak of four straight top-25 finishes, Graham DeLaet has nevertheless compiled some impressive stats through nine starts this season. The Canadian, who tied for ninth at both the Farmers Insurance Open and Honda Classic, currently leads the Tour in ball-striking, a metric comprised of total driving - where DeLaet ranks second - and GIR percentage, where he is currently fifth.

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NCAA DI Women's Champ.: Scoring, TV times

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 5:00 pm

The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is underway at Kartsen Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

After three days of stroke play, eight teams have advanced to the match-play portion of the championship. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be contested on Tuesday, with the finals being held on Wednesday. Golf Channel is airing the action live.

Wake Forest junior Jennifer Kupcho won the individual title. Click here for live action, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.


TV Times (all times ET):

11AM-conclusion: Match-play quarterfinals (Click here to watch live)
4-8PM: Match-play semifinals

4-8PM: Match-play finals

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Davis: USGA learned from setup errors at Shinnecock

By Will GrayMay 22, 2018, 4:51 pm

With the U.S. Open set to return to Shinnecock Hills for the first time in 14 years, USGA executive director Mike Davis insists that his organization has learned from the setup mistakes that marred the event the last time it was played on the Southampton, N.Y., layout.

Retief Goosen held off Phil Mickelson to win his second U.S. Open back in 2004, but the lasting image from the tournament may have been tournament officials spraying down the seventh green by hand during the final round after the putting surface had become nearly unplayable. With the course pushed to the brink over the first three days, stiff winds sucked out any remaining moisture and players struggled to stay on the greens with 30-foot putts, let alone approach shots.

Speaking to repoters at U.S. Open media day, Davis offered candid reflections about the missteps that led to the course overshadowing the play during that infamous final round.

"I would just say that it was 14 years ago. It was a different time, it was different people, and we as an organzation, we learned from it," Davis said. "When you set up a U.S. Open, it is golf's ultimate test. It's probably set up closer to the edge than any other event in golf, and I think that the difference then versus now is we have a lot more technology, a lot more data in our hands.

"And frankly, ladies and gentlemen, what really happened then was just a lack of water."

Davis pointed to enhancements like firmness and moisture readings for the greens that weren't available in 2004, and he noted that meterological data has evolved in the years since. With another chance to get his hands on one of the USGA's favorite venues, he remains confident that tournament officials will be able to better navigate the thin line between demanding and impossible this time around.

"There are parts that I think we learned from, and so I think we're happy that we have a mulligan this time," Davis said. "It was certainly a bogey last time. In fact maybe even a double bogey, and equitable stroke control perhaps kicked in."

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UCLA junior Vu named WGCA Player of the Year

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 3:23 pm

UCLA junior Lilia Vu was named Player of the Year on Tuesday by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).

Vu recorded the lowest full-season scoring average (70.37) in UCLA history. Her four tournament wins tied the school record for most victories in a single season.

Vu was also named to the WGCA All-America first team. Here's a look at the other players who joined her on the prestigious list:

WGCA First Team All-Americans

  • Maria Fassi, Junior, University of Arkansas
  • Kristen Gillman, Sophomore, University of Alabama
  • Jillian Hollis, Junior, University of Georgia
  • Cheyenne Knight, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Jennifer Kupcho, Junior, Wake Forest University
  • Andrea Lee, Sophomore, Stanford University
  • Leona Maguire, Senior, Duke University
  • Sophia Schubert, Senior, University of Texas
  • Lauren Stephenson, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Maddie Szeryk, Senior, Texas A&M University
  • Patty Tavatanakit, Freshman, UCLA
  • Lilia Vu, Junior, UCLA
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Stroud's caddie wins annual PGA Tour caddie tournament

By Rex HoggardMay 22, 2018, 3:15 pm

Casey Clendenon, who caddies for Chris Stroud, won the gross division of the annual PGA Tour caddie tournament on Monday, shooting a 5-under 66 at Trinity Forest Golf Club, site of last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson.

Scott Tway (65), who caddies for Brian Harman, won the net division by two strokes over Wayne Birch, Troy Merritt’s caddie.

Kyle Bradley, Jonathan Byrd’s caddie, took second place with a 71 in the gross division.

The tournament was organized by the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, and proceeds from the event went to two charities. The APTC donated $20,000 to Greg Chalmers’ charity, MAXimumChances.org, which aids families living with autism. The association also donated $10,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.