Scottie Scheffler is leading the way at the Cadence Bank Houston Open as he looks to find the winner’s circle after a tie for second place a year ago.
Just one event remains on the fall portion of the 2022-23 PGA TOUR schedule after a visit to the Lone Star State.
FIELD REMARKS: With a win or a solo result at the World Wide Technology Championship in Mayakoba, Scheffler has a chance to regain the world No. 1 ranking. A likely scenario will also unfold in Houston… Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama is ready throw… World No. 12 Sam Burns returns to action after a T7 at the CJ CUP in South Carolina. Burns finished T7 in Houston a year ago…Other major champions include Gary Woodland, Justin Rose, Jason Day, Francesco Molinari, Jason Dufner, Zach Johnson and Jimmy Walker…Sponsor exemptions include some connected college superstars in Texas to Cole Hammer, Walker Lee and Travis Vick with DP World Tour member Johannes Veerman who went to Texas A&M. Hammer and Vick were teammates on Texas’ 2022 NCAA Championship-winning team. Hammer finished No. 5 in the 2022 PGA TOUR World College Sprint Rankings, and Vick is No. 6 in the current rankings … Russell Henley, who won in Houston in 2017, is making a comeback. Henley led after 36 holes at Mayakoba… Tony Finau is back after a missed cut at Mayakoba… Mackenzie Hughes is the only winner of the fall leg of the schedule who will play in Houston. Hughes won the Sanderson Farms Championship.
FEDEXCUP: The winner receives 500 FedExCup points.
CLASSES: Memorial Park golf course, par 70, 7,412 yards. A municipal course whose origins date back to 1912, it underwent a dramatic renovation recently before hosting the PGA TOUR after nearly 60 years. Holes were both lengthened and shortened and trees removed as the course prepared for the return of the TOUR. Players can expect unique green outlines with dramatic short grass runoffs and strategic bunkering.
The course played almost a shot over par a year ago. Winner Jason Kokrak took advantage of his fabulous iron game en route to victory (he finished third in greens in regulation and second in Strokes Gained: Approach the Green), while four of the top five were in the top 10 of Strokes Gained: Wear for the week.
STORY LINES: After the TOUR stoppage in Houston, there is only one event left on the schedule for this part of the 2022-23 campaign. This marks another major event for earning FedExCup points… No player has defended their title in Houston since Vijay Singh in 2004-05… Will there be a World Series trophy on hand this week? The Astros Golf Foundation — formed in 2018 after Houston Astros owner and president Jim Crane agreed to take control of the Houston Open — is a key part of the tournament, and the Astros themselves don’t. are just one win away from winning the World Series (starting Nov. 5) … There hasn’t been a playoff in Houston for six years, but the event has seen additional holes in 23 of its 74 editions , the second highest number on TOUR (after the US Open).
RECORD 72 HOLES: 266, Curtis Strange and Lee Trevino (1980 at Woodlands CC), Vijay Singh (2002 at TPC Woodlands). Houston Golf Club record: 268, Phil Mickelson (2011), Russell Henley (2017).
Memorial Park Golf Course Record: 267, Carlos Ortiz (2020)
RECORD 18 HOLES: 62, Ron Streck (Round 3, 1981 to Woodlands CC), Fred Funk (Round 3, 1992 to TPC Woodlands). Golf Club of Houston record: 63, Johnson Wagner (Round 1, 2008), Adam Scott (Round 1, 2008), Jimmy Walker (Round 1, 2011), Phil Mickelson (Round 3, 2011), Scott Piercy (Round 1 , 2015), Sung Kang (2nd round, 2017).
Memorial Park Golf Course Record: 62, Scottie Scheffler (2nd round, 2021)
LAST TIME: Jason Kokrak was nine points off the lead on 36 holes at last season’s Cadence Bank Houston Open, but his 9-under 131 over the weekend was the lowest of the pack by four strokes. This helped Kokrak win the title by two strokes over Kevin Tway and Scottie Scheffler. It was Kokrak’s third TOUR victory in 28 starts. It took Kokrak 232 starts on the PGA TOUR before he finally broke through for a victory, but he went on to claim three TOUR titles in 13 months, including last season in Houston. Scheffler held the lead from 54 holes and still had it through nine holes of the final round. However, he bogeyed on numbers 10 and 11 and another on the par-4 14th. Birdie on two of his last three holes was not enough for Scheffler, who broke the tournament course record in the second round. Kramer Hickok finished fourth while Joel Dahmen and Martin Trainer tied for fifth – Trainer’s first top-10 finish on the PGA TOUR since winning Puerto Rico two years prior.
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