29 Mar '16, 11pm

Whether stars play or skip, Houston Open has identity

Whether stars play or skip, Houston Open has identity

Tiger Woods has never played the week before the Masters, and it's hard to argue with the results. He has won it four times. Then again, he was better than everyone else. Phil Mickelson is the opposite. He prefers to play the week before the Masters to get into a competitive spirit, and it has worked out pretty well for him, too. Along with his three green jackets, Lefty has six other finishes in the top three. There is no magic formula for getting ready for Augusta National. Steve Timms was aware of that 10 years ago when the Shell Houston Open was offered the chance to move away from its late April date and take the week before the Masters. Timms is the tournament director. For him, the tradition unlike any other was getting asked by local media if Woods was coming to Houston. Move to the week before the Masters, and the answer would be pretty clear. And that's what they...

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