2017 Shell Houston Open Tournament Preview

Shell Houston Open LogoThe Shell Houston Open will feature a bit of a weaker field as most of the Top PGA Tour players will be off practicing and gearing up for the Masters next week. Nonetheless the tournament will go on and you still need to have expert picks for the Shell Houston Open if you are playing fantasy golf or betting on golf.

Played at the Golf Club of Houston the SHO has been around since 1946 and provides a similar layout to Augusta National which is why some will play it the week before - unfortunately, rarely does success in Houston translate to the Masters.

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2017 Shell Houston Open Tourney Preview

The 2017 Shell Houston Open will be the last chance for players to qualify for next week’s Masters Tournament. Some will use it as a tune up for Augusta and some will be playing to win and get that final invite. Be wary of players that are there to practise their game as they are more likely to either miss the cut tinkering on their game or if they play all four rounds they are still in for the practice as opposed to trying to win.

The field, although weak will still have some notable players in it such as: Keegan Bradley, Lee Westwood, Charles Schwartzel and defending champion J.B Holmes. Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson have the SHO on their schedule but have until March 25th to commit officially.

Regardless of the field, you can still play in a FREE Fantasy Golf Contest for the Shell Houston Open. If you are new to DraftKings, make a 1st deposit or $5 or more using the links on this page and you will automatically get a FREE game ticket to play in a big money fantasy contest. If you can win that one…winning a Million Dollars next week should be a breeze! We are affiliate partners with DraftKings, read further down the page for more details.

Here is a Video Preview of the Shell Houston Open golf course

Dates - March 30 – April 2, 2017

Prize Pool - $7,000,000

First Place - $1,224,000

FedEx Cup Points - 500

Golf Course of Houston

Examining the Golf Course

Name of Course – Golf Club of Houston

Where is Golf Club of Houston - Humble, TX

Shell Houston OpenPar – 72

Yards – 7457

Slope – 138

Year Built – 2003

Designed by - Rees Jones

Past SHO Winners


Jim Herman Defending SHO ChampionJim Herman2016 - Jim Herman


J. B. Holmes2015 – J. B. Holmes


Matt Jones2014 – Matt Jones


D. A. Points2013 - D. A. Points


Other Shell Houston Open info - Trends, Tidbits

  • Tournament began as the Houston Open in 1946 – Won by Byron Nelson
  • There are two 3 time winners of the SHO - Curtis Strange (1980, 1986, 1988) and Vijay Singh (2002, 2004, 2005)
  • Shell has been tournament sponsor since 1992
  • Since 2007, the SHO has been played the week before the Masters Tournament – The winner gets the final invite to the Masters

2017 Shell Houston Open Fantasy Golf Picks Info

You can play a fantasy golf game for the Shell Houston Open but you will also want to reserve your place in the BIGGEST Fantasy Golf Contest for next week’s 2017 Masters Tournament. $33 can win you $1 Million and if you know your stuff, finishing in the money should be pretty easy. Last year’s Masters Fantasy Golf Contest sold out by Wednesday so you may want to sign up and then set your lineup after you’ve done your research. Don’t miss the DraftKings Fantasy Golf Millionaire Contest! We are affiliate partners with DraftKings, read further down the page for more details.

Why You Need Expert picks for The Shell Houston Open

Because it’s not a big PGA Tournament you may not be inclined to invest a large bankroll into the tournament. However, if you are already looking forward to next week’s Masters and want expert picks for Augusta then maybe this is the week to join Golfbanker.com and test out their expert picks for the Shell Houston Open. It may cost more than the free picks that everyone else offers but they do come with a money back guarantee and it doesn’t hurt to get opinions from a site that has had a winning record 9 out of the last 10 years.