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 Dates: Thursday, April 19th through Sunday, April 22nd
 Site: TPC at The Woodlands, Woodlands, Texas
 Course Architect: Robert von Hagge and Bruce Devlin (1978)
                   Carlton Gipson, Jeff Maggert (redesign)
 Par: 72
 Yardage: 7,018
 Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 5 520 yds         10 - Par 4 421 yds
               2 - Par 4 371 yds         11 - Par 4 417 yds
               3 - Par 3 158 yds         12 - Par 4 377 yds
               4 - Par 4 413 yds         13 - Par 5 533 yds
               5 - Par 4 456 yds         14 - Par 3 190 yds
               6 - Par 5 573 yds         15 - Par 5 521 yds
               7 - Par 4 414 yds         16 - Par 3 175 yds
               8 - Par 3 237 yds         17 - Par 4 382 yds
               9 - Par 4 418 yds         18 - Par 4 442 yds
                   -------------              -------------
                    36 3,560 yds               36 3,458 yds
 
 Annual: 54th
 Defending Champion: Robert Allenby
 Runner-Up: Craig Stadler
 Tournament Record: 270 (Gary Player, 1978; Curtis Strange, 1988 - Par 72)
 Tournament Record: 268 (Bob Charles, 1963 - Par 70)
 Tournament Record: 266 (Curtis Strange, Lee Trevino, 1980 - Par 71)
 54-Hole Record: 199 (Jim McGovern, John Huston, 1993 - Par 72)
 54-Hole Record: 199 (Bob Charles, 1963 - Par 70)
 54-Hole Record: 198 (Ron Streck, 1981 - Par 71)
 36-Hole Record: 129 (Blaine McCallister, 1993 - Par 72)
 36-Hole Record: 129 (Curtis Strange, 1980 - Par 71)
 36-Hole Record: 133 (Bob Charles, 1963 - Par 70)
 18-Hole Record: 62 (Ron Streck, 1991 - Woodlands Country Club)
 Course Record: 62 (Fred Funk, 1992)
 Total Purse: $3,400,000
 Shares: 1st Place - $612,000; 2nd Place - 367,200; 3rd Place - 231,200
 
                             2000 Finish
                             -----------
 
 Player                Score              Player                 Score
 ------                -----              ------                 -----
 Robert Allenby *       275               Brad Fabel              277
 Craig Stadler          275               Steve Lowery            278
 Loren Roberts          276               David Sutherland        278
 Joel Edwards           276               Mike Sposa              278
 Mark Brooks            277               Scott Hoch              278
 
 * - Won in playoff.
 
             Past Shell Houston Open Winners and Runners-Up
             ----------------------------------------------
 
 2000 -- *Robert Allenby (275) -- Craig Stadler
 1999 -- Stuart Appleby (279) -- John Cook, Hal Sutton
 1998 -- David Duval (276) -- Jeff Maggert
 1997 -- *Phil Blackmar (276) -- Kevin Sutherland
 1996 -- *Mark Brooks (274) -- Jeff Maggert
 1995 -- *Payne Stewart (276) -- Scott Hoch
 1994 -- Mike Heinen (272) -- Tom Kite, Jeff Maggert, Hal Sutton
 1993 -- *#Jim McGovern (199) -- John Huston
 1992 -- Fred Funk (272) -- Kirk Triplett
 1991 -- Fulton Allem (273) -- Billy Ray Brown, Mike Hulbert, Tom Kite
 1990 -- *#Tony Sills (204) -- Gil Morgan
 1989 -- Mike Sullivan (280) -- Craig Stadler
 1988 -- *Curtis Strange (270) -- Greg Norman
 1987 -- *Jay Haas (276) -- Buddy Gardner
 1986 -- *Curtis Strange (274) -- Calvin Peete
 1985 -- Ray Floyd (277) -- David Frost, Bob Lohr
 1984 -- Corey Pavin (274) -- Buddy Gardner
 1983 -- David Graham (275) -- Lee Elder, Jim Thorpe, Lee Trevino
 1982 -- *Ed Sneed (275) -- Bob Shearer
 1981 -- #Ron Streck (198) -- Hale Irwin, Jerry Pate
 1980 -- *Curtis Strange (266) -- Lee Trevino
 1979 -- Wayne Levi (268) -- Michael Brannan
 1978 -- Gary Player (270) -- Andy Bean
 1977 -- Gene Littler (276) -- Lanny Wadkins
 1976 -- Lee Elder (278) -- Forrest Fezler
 1975 -- Bruce Crampton (273) -- Gil Morgan
 1974 -- Dave Hill (276) -- Rod Curl, Steve Melnyk, Andy North
 1973 -- Bruce Crampton (277) -- Dave Stockton
 1972 -- Bruce Devlin (278) -- Tommy Aaron, Lou Graham, Doug Sanders
 1971 -- *Hubert Green (280) -- Don January
 1970 -- *Gibby Gilbert (282) -- Bruce Crampton
 1969 -- Not Held (Hosted US Open)
 1968 -- Roberto de Vicenzo (274) -- Lee Trevino
 1967 -- Frank Beard (274) -- Arnold Palmer
 1966 -- Arnold Palmer (275) -- Gardner Dickinson
 1965 -- Bobby Nichols (273) -- Bruce Devlin, Chi Chi Rodriguez
 1964 -- Mike Souchak (278) -- Jack Nicklaus
 1963 -- Bob Charles (268) -- Fred Hawkins
 1962 -- *Bobby Nichols (278) -- Jack Nicklaus, Dan Sikes
 1961 -- *Jay Hebert (276) -- Ken Venturi
 1960 -- *Bill Collins (280) -- Arnold Palmer
 1959 -- *Jack Burke, Jr. (277) -- Julius Boros
 1958 -- Ed Oliver (281) -- Roberto de Vicenzo, Jay Hebert
 1957 -- Arnold Palmer (279) -- Doug Ford
 1956 -- Ted Kroll (277) -- Jack Burke, Jr., Dave Douglas
 1955 -- Mike Souchak (273) -- Jerry Barber
 1954 -- Dave Douglas (277) -- Cary Middlecoff
 1953 -- *Cary Middlecoff (283) -- Jim Ferrier, Shelley Mayfield
 1952 -- Jack Burke, Jr. (277) -- Frank Stranahan
 1951 -- Marty Furgol (277) -- Jack Burke, Jr.
 1950 -- Cary Middlecoff (277) -- Pete Cooper
 1949 -- John Palmer (272) -- Cary Middlecoff
 1948 -- Not Held
 1947 -- Bobby Locke (277) -- Johnny Palmer, Ellsworth Vines
 1946 -- Byron Nelson (274) -- Ben Hogan
 
 * - Won in Playoff.
 # - Rain Shortened.
 
 Note: Formerly called Independence Insurance Agent Open (1988-91), Big I
       Houston Open (1987), Houston Open (1985-86), Houston Coca-Cola Open
       (1983-84), Michelob Houston Open (1980-82), Houston Open (1972-79),
       Houston Champion International (1966-71), Houston Classic (1959-65),
       Houston Open International (1958), Houston Open (1947-57),
       Tournament of Champions (1946).
 
                          Top Contenders in the Field
                          ---------------------------
 
 Robert Allenby     - Defending champion, won Nissan Open, 17th in money
 Stewart Cink       - Shot final round of 66 last week to tie for 10th
 Fred Couples       - Has made 7 of 8 cuts this year with no top-10s
 David Duval        - Runner-up at the Masters, 2 top-10s in 2001
 Steve Elkington    - Has made 5 of 6 cuts but has failed to crack top-10
 Scott Hoch         - Only two top-10s in 7 events, three missed cuts
 Justin Leonard     - Missed the cut five times this year in 11 tournaments
 Jeff Maggert       - Three-time runner-up here, redesigned the course
 Carl Paulson       - Tied for 3rd last week at Harbour Town for 1st top-10
 Vijay Singh        - Stumbled home last week with 74 to tie for 3rd
 Hal Sutton         - 25th on money list, perfect 10-for-10 in cuts made
 David Toms         - Made 10 of 11 cuts with a pair of top-10 finishes
 Garrett Willis     - Won earlier this year, tied for 55th last week
 
 Sports Network Selections
 -------------------------
 Pick to Win - David Duval
 Darkhorse   - Mark Brooks
 
 Last week's Pick to Win (Davis Love III) - Finished tied for 7th
 Last week's Darkhorse (Fred Funk) - Finished tied for 38th
 
 NOTES:
     Robert Allenby sank a 10-foot par putt on the fourth playoff hole to
 defeat Craig Stadler and win for the first time in his PGA Tour career.
 Stadler had a chance to extend the extra session, but missed from 10 feet.
 Stadler seemed to have the upper hand on all four playoff holes but squandered
 the opportunity to notch his 13th career victory with a series of poor putts.
 After missing his par putt, Stadler swatted his ball across the green in
 frustration. On the first playoff hole, Stadler, needing only to two-putt from
 40-feet for the win, three-putted after Allenby made bogey. On the second
 playoff hole, Stadler missed a six-foot birdie putt and then missed an eight-
 foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole. Allenby's final round of 72 was
 the highest final-round score by a Houston Open winner since Gene Littler
 posted a 2-over 74 in 1977. There have been 18 playoffs in the 53-year history
 of this event, including five of the last eight years. Curtis Strange has won
 this event three times, all in playoffs. He is the only player in Tour history
 to do so and is also the only three-time winner. Allenby will attempt to
 become the first player in the event's history to win the tournament back-to-
 back. Mike Heinen was the last player to record four rounds in the 60s when
 he won in 1994. The purse was increased by $600,000 from last year. Woodlands
 resident Jeff Maggert has posted six top-20 finishes in eight years, including
 three runners-up in the last seven. Maggert has made the cut at this event 11
 straight years. This is the 17th year the tournament is being held at the TPC
 at The Woodlands. 10 Houston-area courses have hosted this event, which no
 player has ever won wire-to-wire. This tournament is the 10th oldest event on
 the PGA Tour, dating back to 1946. There are six multiple winners of this
 event: Strange, Cary Middlecoff, Jack Burke, Jr., Arnold Palmer, Bobby Nichols
 and Bruce Crampton. There have been 12 holes-in-one in the tournament's
 history, with the 16th hole allowing the most with four. The PGA Tour moves
 to North Carolina next week for the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic, where
 Hal Sutton will defend his title.

 

 

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