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Top players commit to Shell Houston Open


Ernie Els, the number five ranked golfer in the world, is among the elite golfers headed to the Shell Houston Open.

The Shell Houston Open has early commitments from three top players – two-time U.S. Open champion Ernie Els, defending SHO champ Adam Scott and two-time SHO winner Stuart Appleby.

Els, currently No. 5 in the world rankings, will be making his first start on the Redstone Golf Club-Tournament Course the week of March 31-April 6. The last time Els teed it up in Houston was 2003 when the Shell Houston Open was played on the Member Course at Redstone Golf Club.

Scott posted a three-stroke victory in 2007 at the Shell Houston Open, nudging out fellow Australian Appleby, who won in Houston in 1999 and in 2006 when the event made its debut on the Tournament Course.

The Shell Houston Open is played the week prior to The Masters, golf's first major championship. Last year it attracted 23 players with invitations to play in The Masters.

"We got rave reviews on our golf course set up last last year," said Steve Timms, Shell Houston Open tournament director. "We believe that will pay dividends this year."

Redstone Golf Club-Tournament Course, designed by Rees Jones, was set up with give players the opportunity to play some of the same kinds of shots they might use at Augusta National in The Masters.

"We hope to get the course fast and firm," said Timms. "That will help make our tournament a good place to get ready for The Masters."

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Reserve your package before Friday, January 22nd to receive special bonus invitations to a private Texans Event held at the Shell Houston Open on Saturday, April 5th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring Texans players and Cheerleaders.**

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With the New Year and the beginning of the golf season, excitement is building for the tournament. Packages are going fast, so reserve yours today by calling (832) 667-2390.

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