Houston Open Winners And History

Houston Open Winners and History:

Houston Open Winners and History:

The Houston Open has been played — in various forms — since 1922, when it was the Independent Insurance Agent Open. It became the Houston Open in 1946. Shell was the tournament sponsor from 1992 – 2017.

In 2019, the tournament moved from its traditional position in the spring to the fall.

Today, the tournament is played at the Golf Club of Houston (formerly known as the Redstone Golf Club) in Humble, Texas, just outside Houston.

Houston Open Winners

The Houston Open is sponsored by the Houston Golf Association. The Houston Golf Association has operated as a non-profit since 1946 for the benefit of youth oriented charities. In addition to the recurring Houston Open, the Association also has landed the 1969 US Open, the 1967 Ryder Cup, the 1990, 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003 PGA Tour Championships, as well as other USGA championships.

The Houston Open was played at several Houston venues until the 1970s, starting at River Oaks Country Club in 1946 before moving to Memorial Park Golf Course in 1947 and, after a year off, moving again to Pine Forest Country Club in 1949 and BraeBurn Country Club in 1950. After this period of wandering about, the event settled in at Memorial Park from 1951–1963. In 1964 and again in 1965, the event was played at Sharpstown Country Club, before moving to Champions Golf Club from 1966–1971 and Westwood Country Club in 1972.

In 1973 the event ventured outside of Houston, being played at Quail Valley Country Club in Missouri City, Texas. In 1975, the event relocated to The Woodlands, Texas, first at Woodlands Country Club until 1984, and subsequently at the TPC at The Woodlands until 2002. In 2003, the event moved back to Houston to its current location at the Golf Club of Houston (Redstone Golf Club).

Among the notable Houston Open winners are Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Bobby Locke, Lee Elder, Ray Floyd and Curtis strange.

Three time Houston Open winners include Vijay Sing and Curtis Strange. Two time Houston Open winners include  Stuart Appleby, Bruce Crampton, Arnold Palmer, Bobby Nichols, Mike Souchak, Jack Burke, Jr., and Cary Middlecoff.

Curtis Strange (1980), Lee Trevino (1980) and Vijay Singh (2002) hold the record for lowest aggregate score, at 266. The low 18 record is held by Fred Funk, 10-under-par 62, Woodlands TPC, 1992; and Ron Streck, 9-underpar 62, Woodlands West, 1982.

An interesting side note. Legendary amateur golfer Frank Stranahan finished second in 1952.

A list of Houston Open winners follows:

YearPlayerCountryScoreTo par1st Prize ($)Purse ($)
Houston Open
2018Ian PoulterGreat Britain269-19 (PO)1, 260,0007,000,000
Shell Houston Open
2017Russell HenleyUnited States268-201,260,0007,000,000
2016Jim HermanUnited States273-151,116,0006,200,000
2015JB HolmesUnited States272-16 (PO)1,116,0006,200,000
2014Matt Jones Australia273 (PO)-151,116,0006,200,000
2013D.A. Points United States272-161,116,0006,200,000
2012Hunter Mahan United States272-161,080,0006,000,000
2011Phil Mickelson United States268-201,062,0005,900,000
2010Anthony Kim United States276 (PO)-121,044,0005,800,000
2009Paul Casey England277 (PO)-111,026,0005,700,000
2008Johnson Wagner United States272-161,008,0005,600,000
2007Adam Scott Australia271-17990,0005,500,000
2006Stuart Appleby Australia269-19990,0005,500,000
2005Vijay Singh Fiji275-13900,0005,000,000
2004Vijay Singh Fiji277-11900,0005,000,000
2003Fred Couples United States267-21810,0004,500,000
2002Vijay Singh Fiji266-22720,0004,000,000
2001Hal Sutton United States278-10612,0003,400,000
2000Robert Allenby Australia275-13504,0002,800,000
1999Stuart Appleby Australia279-9450,0002,500,000
1998David Duval United States276-12360,0002,000,000
1997Phil Blackmar United States276-12288,0001,600,000
1996Mark Brooks United States274-14270,0001,500,000
1995Payne Stewart United States276-12252,0001,400,000
1994Mike Heinen United States272-16234,0001,300,000
1993Jim McGovern United States199-17234,0001,300,000
1992Fred Funk United States272-16216,0001,200,000
Independent Insurance Agent Open
1991Fulton Allem South Africa273-15144,000800,000
1990Tony Sills United States204-12180,0001,000,000
1989Mike Sullivan United States280-8144,000800,000
1988Curtis Strange United States270-18126,000700,000
Big “I” Houston Open
1987Jay Haas United States276-12108,000600,000
Houston Open
1986Curtis Strange United States274-1490,000500,000
1985Raymond Floyd United States277-1190,000500,000
Houston Coca-Cola Open
1984Corey Pavin United States274-1090,000500,000
1983David Graham Australia275-972,000400,000
Michelob-Houston Open
1982Ed Sneed United States275-963,000350,000
1981Ron Streck United States198-1547,250262,500
1980Curtis Strange United States266-1863,000350,000
Houston Open
1979Wayne Levi United States268-1654,000300,000
1978Gary Player South Africa270-1840,000200,000
1977Gene Littler United States276-1240,000200,000
1976Lee Elder United States278-1040,000200,000
1975Bruce Crampton Australia273-1530,000150,000
1974Dave Hill United States276-1230,000150,000
1973Bruce Crampton Australia277-1141,000205,000
1972Bruce Devlin Australia278-1025,000125,000
Houston Champions International
1971Hubert Green United States280-425,000125,000
1970Gibby Gilbert United States282-223,000115,000
1969No tournament – club hosted the 1969 U.S. Open
1968Roberto De Vicenzo Argentina274-1020,000100,000
1967Frank Beard United States274-1023,000115,000
1966Arnold Palmer United States275-921,000110,000
Houston Classic
1965Bobby Nichols United States273-712,00075,000
1964Mike Souchak United States278-67,50050,000
1963Bob Charles New Zealand268-1210,00050,000
1962Bobby Nichols United States278-29,00050,000
1961Jay Hebert United States276-47,00040,000
1960Bill Collins United States280-85,30035,000
1959Jack Burke, Jr. United States277-114,30030,000
Houston Open
1958Ed Oliver United States281-74,30030,000
1957Arnold Palmer United States279-97,50036,000
1956Ted Kroll United States277-116,00030,000
1955Mike Souchak United States273-156,00030,000
1954Dave Douglas United States277-116,00030,000
1953Cary Middlecoff United States283-54,00020,000
1952Jack Burke, Jr. United States277-112,00010,000
1951Marty Furgol United States277-112,00010,000
1950Cary Middlecoff United States277-112,00010,000
1949Johnny Palmer United States272-162,00010,000
1948No tournament
1947Bobby Locke South Africa277-112,00010,000
1946Byron Nelson United States274-102,00010,000
1939-45No tournament
1938Harold “Jug” McSpaden United States212 7003,000
1937Harry Cooper United States280-47003,000
1933-36No tournament
1932Clarence Clark United States22045002,000
1931No tournament
1930Al Espinosa United States281-76002,500
1925-29No tournament
1924Joe Kirkwood, Sr. Australia259 500 
Independent Insurance Agent Open
1923Joe Kirkwood, Sr. Australia151 200 
Independent Insurance Agent Open
1922George Bowden 147
 Pete O’Hara (tie)
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