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REVIEW: Shell Houston Open – Round 1

2 April 2012

Round 1 of the Shell Houston Open kicked off on Thursday in clam conditions bathed with sunshine. The glorious Redstone course certainly seemed popular with Angel Cabrera who commented “It’s really spectacular and it’s right for making a good score.” Something he then went one to confirm by finishing his round 7 under and sharing an early lead with Carl Pettersson. After a successful morning the weather turned as a thunderstorm forced play to be suspended. Only 51 players managed to complete their rounds before nearly 1.5inches of rain swamped the fairways. Luck was not on the side of defending champion Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples and Ernie Els, who needs a victory to qualify for the Masters next week, as they were playing their front nines when the horn sounded at 1:27pm local time.

Having completed their rounds in the morning both Jeff Maggert and Ricky Barnes, who overcame a bout of food poisoning to take part, finished just one shot off the lead. Jim Herman was also hot on their heels finishing 6 under when play was stopped, but still had 3 holes to go.

Play resumed Friday morning and all players were able to conclude their rounds, completing round 1. Carl Pettersson and Angel Cabrera were able to maintain their overnight lead but were joined at the top by defending Champion Phil Mickelson. Ernie Els fell short of his challenge finished 2 under and joint 48th leaving him work to do in Round 2!

Join us tomorrow for our review of Rounds 2 & 3…