Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Shell Houston Open Provides Masters Tune Up

by Roz Roberts III

If you watch the coverage of the Shell Houston Open this week you may notice a remarkable similarity to Augusta National, host course of the Masters, and that's not by accident.  The SHO has embraced its role as the premiere tune-up to the Masters.  They have configured the Redstone Golf Club's Tournament Course to closely mirror many aspects of Augusta including the course's length; the size, slope, shape, and speed of the greens; the shaved banks; and even the way the fairways are mowed.

Michael Thompson will be continuing his Masters preparation as he joins a strong field at the SHO.  Michael played Augusta last week as part of that preparation but this week he'll get in some good old fashioned competition under Master style conditions.  Look for the greens to be running at a blazing 13+ on the stimpmeter.

Round 1 Tee Time
Michael will once again be in one of the featured groups of the tournament.  He will be playing with fellow 2013 first time PGA Tour winners Russell Henley and John Merrick.  The group will tee off from the tenth hole at 8:00am ET.

Online Links
Michael's Scorecard
Michael on Shot Tracker
Michael's Group on Shot Tracker

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