Here’s a look at some numbers on this week’s Shell Houston Open at Redstone:
-- Twenty-one times the Shell Houston Open has been decided in a playoff, dating back to 1946. That’s more than any event on the PGA TOUR except for the U.S. Open (32). Last year, Anthony Kim defeated Vaughn Taylor on the third extra hole, ending Taylor’s chances for qualifying for the Masters.
-- The 488-yard par-4 18 th hole at Redstone Golf Club’s Tournament Course ranked as the 20 th-most difficult hole on the TOUR in 2010 with the field averaging 4.317. In the five years the event has been contested on the Tournament Course, only one champion (Johnson Wagner/2007) has played the 18 th hole under par for the week.
-- Steve Marino, who finished second at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard,is 12 th in the current FedExCup standings -- the highest among those players without a win on TOUR in 2011.
-- Transitions winner Gary Woodland will play in the Shell Houston Open Wednesday Pro-Am with Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic from ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike show as part of a Shell initiative to support the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Shell has auctioned off two Wednesday Pro-Am spots with the winners (Lew and Pauline Peters of Lowell, Mass.) playing with Greenberg, Golic and Woodland. The auction was held on March 9 and raised $43,750 ($18,750 from the auction and $25,000 donated from Shell). In three years, this program has contributed $139,750 to the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Mike & Mike will broadcast their show Wednesday morning live from the Shell Houston Open prior to playing in the pro-am.
-- Jose Maria Olazabal, who has been battling a re-occurrence of rheumatoid arthritis, will be making his first start of the year on TOUR in Houston. The 2012 European Ryder Cup Captain will play with 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III and 2011 Bob Hope Classic champion Jhonattan Vegas in the first two rounds.