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REVIEW: Shell Houston Open – Final Round

5 April 2012

The results are in! After an exciting day on the course, the final day of the Shell Houston Open came to an end with some surprising results. Following yesterday’s play the two front runners to take the victory was defending champion Phil Mickleson and Round 3’s leader Louis Oosthuizen who had both played consistently well since day one.

But it was Hunter Mahan who took the crowd by storm. Starting the day in second, 2 shots behind Oosthuizen, he was keen to continue his fine run and challenge those at the top, and after a fantastic front nine that’s exactly what he did. Conversely Oosthuizen had a disappointing front nine resulting in 2 bogies and dropping him down the leaderboard. Phil Mickleson played a decent round but then dropped a few shots on the back nine. He couldn’t quite match the efforts of Mahan and finished the tournament with 14 under at tied 4th. Mahan found himself at the 18th with a one stroke lead. With a confident drive Mahan then sunk his putt to claim victory at the Shell Houston Open with a day score of 1 under 71, and a tournament score of 16 under. The 29-year-old became the first two-time champion on tour in 2012 and raised him to 4th in the World Rankings.

At Caddyshack Rentals we were also keeping an eye on Ernie Els as he needed to win to gain entry into this week’s Masters. Sadly he fell short of his target and rounded off the tournament in tied 12th! This is the first year Els will have missed The Masters since 1993! Mahan on the other hand snatched the $1,080,000 prize fund and headed off into the sunset towards Augusta. Well be keen to see how he gets on. Be sure to join us next week as we review all the action from The Masters….