Shell Houston Open Winners and History

Shell Houston Open Winners

 

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Shell Houston Open Winners and History:
The Shell 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.

Today, the tournament is played at the Redstone Golf Club in Humble, Texas, just outside Houston. The Shell Houston Open is co-sponsored by Shell and 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 Shell 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 Shell 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 Redstone Golf Club.

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

Three time Shell Houston Open winners include Vijay Sing and Curtis Strange. Two time Shell Houton 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 Shell Houston Open winners follows:

Shell Houston Open Winners
Year Player Country Score To par 1st Prize ($) Purse ($)
Shell Houston Open
2017 Russell Henley United States 268 -20 1,260,000 7,000,000
2016 Jim Herman United States 273 -15 1,116,000 6,200,000
2015 JB Holmes United States 272 -16 (PO) 1,116,000 6,200,000
2014 Matt Jones  Australia 273 (PO) -15 1,116,000 6,200,000
2013 D.A. Points  United States 272 -16 1,116,000 6,200,000
2012 Hunter Mahan  United States 272 -16 1,080,000 6,000,000
2011 Phil Mickelson  United States 268 -20 1,062,000 5,900,000
2010 Anthony Kim  United States 276 (PO) -12 1,044,000 5,800,000
2009 Paul Casey  England 277 (PO) -11 1,026,000 5,700,000
2008 Johnson Wagner  United States 272 -16 1,008,000 5,600,000
2007 Adam Scott  Australia 271 -17 990,000 5,500,000
2006 Stuart Appleby  Australia 269 -19 990,000 5,500,000
2005 Vijay Singh  Fiji 275 -13 900,000 5,000,000
2004 Vijay Singh  Fiji 277 -11 900,000 5,000,000
2003 Fred Couples  United States 267 -21 810,000 4,500,000
2002 Vijay Singh  Fiji 266 -22 720,000 4,000,000
2001 Hal Sutton  United States 278 -10 612,000 3,400,000
2000 Robert Allenby  Australia 275 -13 504,000 2,800,000
1999 Stuart Appleby  Australia 279 -9 450,000 2,500,000
1998 David Duval  United States 276 -12 360,000 2,000,000
1997 Phil Blackmar  United States 276 -12 288,000 1,600,000
1996 Mark Brooks  United States 274 -14 270,000 1,500,000
1995 Payne Stewart  United States 276 -12 252,000 1,400,000
1994 Mike Heinen  United States 272 -16 234,000 1,300,000
1993 Jim McGovern  United States 199 -17 234,000 1,300,000
1992 Fred Funk  United States 272 -16 216,000 1,200,000
Independent Insurance Agent Open
1991 Fulton Allem  South Africa 273 -15 144,000 800,000
1990 Tony Sills  United States 204 -12 180,000 1,000,000
1989 Mike Sullivan  United States 280 -8 144,000 800,000
1988 Curtis Strange  United States 270 -18 126,000 700,000
Big “I” Houston Open
1987 Jay Haas  United States 276 -12 108,000 600,000
Houston Open
1986 Curtis Strange  United States 274 -14 90,000 500,000
1985 Raymond Floyd  United States 277 -11 90,000 500,000
Houston Coca-Cola Open
1984 Corey Pavin  United States 274 -10 90,000 500,000
1983 David Graham  Australia 275 -9 72,000 400,000
Michelob-Houston Open
1982 Ed Sneed  United States 275 -9 63,000 350,000
1981 Ron Streck  United States 198 -15 47,250 262,500
1980 Curtis Strange  United States 266 -18 63,000 350,000
Houston Open
1979 Wayne Levi  United States 268 -16 54,000 300,000
1978 Gary Player  South Africa 270 -18 40,000 200,000
1977 Gene Littler  United States 276 -12 40,000 200,000
1976 Lee Elder  United States 278 -10 40,000 200,000
1975 Bruce Crampton  Australia 273 -15 30,000 150,000
1974 Dave Hill  United States 276 -12 30,000 150,000
1973 Bruce Crampton  Australia 277 -11 41,000 205,000
1972 Bruce Devlin  Australia 278 -10 25,000 125,000
Houston Champions International
1971 Hubert Green  United States 280 -4 25,000 125,000
1970 Gibby Gilbert  United States 282 -2 23,000 115,000
1969 No tournament – club hosted the 1969 U.S. Open
1968 Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina 274 -10 20,000 100,000
1967 Frank Beard  United States 274 -10 23,000 115,000
1966 Arnold Palmer  United States 275 -9 21,000 110,000
Houston Classic
1965 Bobby Nichols  United States 273 -7 12,000 75,000
1964 Mike Souchak  United States 278 -6 7,500 50,000
1963 Bob Charles  New Zealand 268 -12 10,000 50,000
1962 Bobby Nichols  United States 278 -2 9,000 50,000
1961 Jay Hebert  United States 276 -4 7,000 40,000
1960 Bill Collins  United States 280 -8 5,300 35,000
1959 Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 277 -11 4,300 30,000
Houston Open
1958 Ed Oliver  United States 281 -7 4,300 30,000
1957 Arnold Palmer  United States 279 -9 7,500 36,000
1956 Ted Kroll  United States 277 -11 6,000 30,000
1955 Mike Souchak  United States 273 -15 6,000 30,000
1954 Dave Douglas  United States 277 -11 6,000 30,000
1953 Cary Middlecoff  United States 283 -5 4,000 20,000
1952 Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 277 -11 2,000 10,000
1951 Marty Furgol  United States 277 -11 2,000 10,000
1950 Cary Middlecoff  United States 277 -11 2,000 10,000
1949 Johnny Palmer  United States 272 -16 2,000 10,000
1948 No tournament
1947 Bobby Locke  South Africa 277 -11 2,000 10,000
1946 Byron Nelson  United States 274 -10 2,000 10,000
1939-45 No tournament
1938 Harold “Jug” McSpaden  United States 212 700 3,000
1937 Harry Cooper  United States 280 -4 700 3,000
1933-36 No tournament
1932 Clarence Clark  United States 220 4 500 2,000
1931 No tournament
1930 Al Espinosa  United States 281 -7 600 2,500
1925-29 No tournament
1924 Joe Kirkwood, Sr.  Australia 259 500
Independent Insurance Agent Open
1923 Joe Kirkwood, Sr.  Australia 151 200
Independent Insurance Agent Open
1922 George Bowden 147
Pete O’Hara (tie)
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