Although the last two Houston Open champions now play for LIV Golf, a solid ground has been assembled for this year’s tournament.

Scottie Scheffler is headlining the 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open, a four-day event that begins Thursday and will be played at Memorial Park Golf Course for the third consecutive year.

Besides Scheffler, the 2021-22 PGA Tour Player of the Year, other notable golfers who will play in Houston include Sam Burns, Tony Finau, Russell Henley, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose and Davis Riley.

“There are a lot of spring tournaments that don’t have that type of court,” tournament director Colby Callaway said. “We’re thrilled they’re coming to Houston.

“The guys like to play a few times in the fall and they’re very picky about what events they play. They don’t want four months off. The lure of redesign for these guys has always been intriguing. They know Doak. They know how well he sets up golf courses.

Architect Tom Doak redesigned the city’s golf course in 2019. Other players on the circuit awaiting the Memorial Park challenge include Jason Day, Stewart Cink, Gary Woodland, Zach Johnson, Beau Hossler and Cameron Champ.

PROGRAM

MONDAY

  • Monday Pro-Am, presented by Houston Methodist

  • Course closed to the public

THURSDAY

  • 1st game round

  • Doors open at 7 a.m.

  • Players start from No 1 and No 10 from 6:50 a.m.
  • Doors close at 4 p.m.

FRIDAY

  • 2nd game round

  • Doors open at 7 a.m.

  • Players start from No 1 and No 10 from 6:50 a.m.
  • Doors close at 4 p.m.

SATURDAY

  • 3rd game round

  • Doors open at 7 a.m.

  • Departure of players from n°1 and n°10 from 7:50 a.m.
  • Doors close at 2 p.m.

SUNDAY

  • Last round of play

  • Doors open at 7 a.m.

  • Departure of players from n°1 and n°10 at 7:50 a.m.

  • Doors close at 2 p.m.

    FIELD

  • Tyson Alexander
    Byeong Hun An
    Ryan Armor
    Erik Barnes
    Zac Blair
    Joseph Bramlett
    Ryan Brehm
    Dean Burmester
    Sam Burns
    Champion Cameron
    Stewart Cink
    Wyndham Clark
    Eric Cole
    Austin cook
    MJ Daffue
    Joel Dahmen
    Jason Day
    Zecheng Dou
    Jason Dufner
    Tyler Duncan
    Nico Echavarria
    Austin Eckroat
    English Harris
    Tony Finau
    Dylan Fritelli
    Michel Gligic
    Will Gordon
    Brent Grant
    Ben Griffin
    Emiliano Grillo
    Chesson Hadley
    Adam Hadvin
    James Hahn
    Paul Haley II
    Harry Room
    Cole Hammer
    Russell Henley
    Jim Hermann
    Kramer Hickok
    Garrick Higo
    Lee Hodges
    Charley Hoffman
    Handsome Hossler
    Marc Hubbard
    Mackenzie Hughes
    Jean Huh
    Stephan Jäger
    Zach Johnson
    Ben Kern
    Michael Kim
    SH Kim
    If Woo Kim
    Philip Knowles
    Russell Knox
    Kelly Kraft
    Martin Laird
    Nate Lashley
    Danny Lee
    Walker Lee
    David Lingmerth
    David Lipsky
    List of Luke
    Adam Long
    Lower Justin
    Pierre Malnati
    Ben Martin
    Hideki Matsuyama
    Brandon Matthew
    Denny McCarthy
    Max McGreevy
    Maverick McNealy
    Keith Mitchell
    Francesco Molinari
    Taylor Montgomery
    Taylor Moore
    Trey Mullinax
    Sebastian Munoz
    Matthew Ne Smith
    Alex Noren
    Henrik Norlander
    Augusto Nunez
    ryan palm tree
    Pan CT
    Taylor Pendrith
    Scott Piercy
    Andrew Putman
    Aaron Rai
    Chad Ramey
    Doc Redman
    Davis Riley
    Patrick Rodgers
    Justin Rose
    Sam Ryder
    Scottie Scheffler
    Adam Schenk
    Matthias Schwab
    Robby Shelton
    Sigg Greyson
    Alex Smalley
    Austin Smokerman
    Brendan Steele
    Sepp Straka
    Robert Streb
    Chris Stroud
    Justin Su
    Adam Svensson
    Callum Tarren
    Ben Taylor, Ben
    Nick Taylor
    Sahith Theegala
    Davis Thompson
    Brendon Todd
    Kevin Tway
    Erik van Rooyen
    Johannes Veermann
    Travis Vick
    jimmy walker
    Matt Wallace
    Nick Watney
    Richy Werensky
    Kyle Westmoreland
    Vince Balley
    Danny Willette
    Aaron Sage
    Gary Woodland
    Brandon Wu
    Carson Young
    Carl Yuan

    Substitutes
    Scott Harington
    Trevor Werbylo
    Tano Goya
    Kevin Roy
    Anders Albert Albertson
    Sam Steven
    Kevin Yu
    Matti Schmid
    Vincent Norman
    Brice Garnett


The Astros Golf Foundation has granted a sponsorship exemption to deserving players with local connections. Houstonians Cole Hammer and Travis Vick were part of Texas’ 2022 NCAA Championship team. Walker Lee is a Texas A&M product. Kyle Westmoreland is a Houston native who turned pro after serving five years in the Air Force.

Among the changes made to the tournament a year ago are the expansion of hospitality venues as well as the expansion of rest areas for many holes.

“We’ve tried to tweak things and make it more user-friendly for those who aren’t in the home suites,” said Giles Kibbe, president of the Astros Golf Foundation.

General admission seating has been increased at the 15th hole, a popular spot last year due to its stadium-like atmosphere. Seating has also been added on holes 9, 10, around the 18th green, as well as throughout the course.

There were also improvements behind the No. 10 at a fan’s entry. This area has been flattened making it easier for fans to access. Stands and concessions were also added behind the 10th hole.

General admission passes are available at houstonopengolf.com

Like many PGA Tour events, on-site parking is limited. Shuttles will be available to the parking lots at Minute Maid Park, and buses are available on the northwest side. For transportation to the course throughout the week of the tournament, fans are encouraged to use carpooling. The carpool entrance from tee 14 has been enlarged.

The layout itself hasn’t changed much since last year, but the condition of the course has improved.

“We didn’t do anything on the course,” Kibbe said. “The biggest change fans will see from a golf course perspective is the condition of the course, it’s phenomenal.”

Callaway added: “The golf course has really changed. It’s about as green as I’ve ever seen it. The greens are going to be exceptional. We are delighted to present Memorial Park. This place is ready to rock.

The last four holes are risk-reward. The small par-3 15 hole is almost completely enclosed with all seating. The 16th hole is an accessible par 5 with water in front of the green, with water on the left and right sides being a factor, if golfers are planning a long second shot. The short par 4 17e hole is tough, followed by the par-4 #18, a bear of a hole.

“I think we have four of the coolest finishing holes on the tour, especially with how we can organize our hospitality,” Callaway said.

Last year’s weather was tough on Memorial Park. Following the February freeze, the greens and surrounds were damaged and never fully recovered.

Parker Henry took over as course superintendent at Memorial Park this summer from the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte and brings his experience working with a PGA Tour event. He works closely with the PGA Tour agronomy team.

“One of the things that Jim (Crane) always focuses on is that we put a lot of money into this golf course, and we did that in part to host the Houston Open there” , Kibbe said. “But we also did it so that Houstonians could play on a golf course under PGA-Tour conditions year-round.

“It took a bit of work, a learning curve for the operations there, but it’s working very well right now at the golf course and it’s in perfect condition. We’ll see that day by day from now on, it’s not just for the tournament.