HUMBLE, Texas — The final round of the Shell
Houston Open is complete at Redstone Golf Club with Hunter
Mahan picking up the fifth victory of his career. Mahan, who won
the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship last
month, celebrated his father's birthday on Sunday by
beating Carl Pettersson by one stroke. Let us know what you think
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6:07 p.m. -- Hunter Mahan two-putted for
par from 23 feet on the 18th hole to earn his second victory
of the season at the Shell Houston Open. Mahan, who took the lead
on the ninth hole Sunday and never looked back, greabbed the top
spot in the FedExCup and becomes the first multiple winner of
the 2012 season. The win was the fifth of Mahan's TOUR career.
6:01 p.m. -- Carl Pettersson left a 20-footer for
birdie about two revolutions short at the 18th hole. He tapped in
for par to shoot 71 and finish at 15 under, one stroke behind
Hunter Mahan -- whose approach to the final green just got a whole
5:50 p.m. -- Louis Oosthuizen tapped in from 22
inches for a birdie at the 17th hole to move into sole possession
of third at 14 under, two strokes behind his playing partner Hunter
Mahan. Mahan made par at No. 17 and takes a one-stroke lead to the
final hole as he attempts to become the season's first two-time
5:42 p.m. -- Keegan Bradley bogeyed the 18th
hole to drop back into a four-way tie at 12 under that includes his
playing partner, Phil Mickelson. Bradley, who heads to his first
Masters with a major under his belt already, and Mickelson both
closed with 71s.
5:30 p.m. -- There's a three-way tie for third
right now at 13 under. Only one of those players, though, Keegan
Bradley, is under par in the final round.
5:13 p.m. -- Ernie Els’ bid to play his way
into the Masters has ended. Els two-putted for par at the 18th
hole to shoot 70 and finish in a tie for 12th
after posting top-5s in his two previous starts. The
South African had played at Augusta National every year since
1994. Els’ playing partner, world No. 3 Lee Westwood, closed
with a 73 to finish 7 under and tied for 22nd.
5:03 p.m. -- Hunter Mahan was unable to get up and
down from the greenside bunker at the par-3 14
th hole so with his first bogey of the day, his lead is
now just one over Carl Pettersson. Mahan can take over No. 1 in the
FedExCup with a victory or tie for second.
4:54 p.m. -- Hunter Mahan played it safe, laying
up a the par-5 13th, and he just missed a 10-footer for birdie that
would have extended his lead to three strokes. His playing partner,
Louis Oosthuizen, two-putted from 33 feet for his second straight
birdie to get back to 13 under. Oosthuizen is the only player to
reach the green on the two on the 590-yard par 5.
4:34 p.m. -- The big-hitting J.B. Holmes missed an
opportunity at Redstone's final par 5 but he's still tied for
fourth at 12 under. Holmes is working on his highest finish in
eight starts this season -- not bad for a guy who had successful
brain surgery in September to repair a Chiari malformation.
4:20 p.m. -- PGA TOUR rookie Bud Cauley
bogeyed the 18th hole but still finished with a 68 and appears
headed for his second-straight top-10 finish. The former Alabama
standout, who shared fourth a week ago at Bay Hill is
currently tied for ninth at 11 under.
4:09 p.m. -- Hunter Mahan has made it two
birdies in a row, this time from 6 feet, and now he leads by
two. Mahan has played the back nine in 11 under this week -- which
leads the SHO field.
3:53 p.m. -- There has been a change at the top of
the leaderboard. After reeling off eight straight pars, Hunter
Mahan made his first birdie of the day, rolling in a 5-footer
fat the par-3 ninth to move into a brief tie with Carl
Pettersson. The Swede, though, was in the process of making bogey
at the 10th hole where he shortsided himself in a greenside bunker
and missed an 18-footer for par.
3:39 p.m. -- Louis Ooshuizen continues to move in
the wrong direction. He hit his second shot at the par-5 eighth
into the brush and had to take an unplayable, then hit his fourth
into a greenside bunker. He blasted out to 10 feet and two-putted
for his second double bogey of the day. Oosthuizen, who started the
day with a two-stroke lead not trails Carl Pettersson by three.
3:19 p.m. -- The SHO course is giving and then
taking away. Even the players who shot out fast and were 4-under
fort he day, cooled off down the stretch. So far, low round of the
day is 1-under 70 by seven players including Angel Cabrera and Kyle
2:47 p.m. -- Louis Oosthuizen came up short
at the fifth hole and -- poof -- he lost the lead with a double
bogey. Oosthuizen's bogey putt hung on the lip and the double
leaves him at 15-under and in a tie with Hunter Mahan, one shot
behind new leader Carl Pettersson.
2:18 p.m. -- Jim Herman isn't going to be
heading to Augusta, but he's working on a huge check for the week.
Herman, a Nationwide player, played his way into the field as a
Monday qualifier. He is currently 5-under for the day, 10-under for
the tournament, with two holes to play.
1:50 p.m. --Don't look now, but Ernie Els is
making a charge. The man who has to win today to get into the
Masters and extend his current Masters streak to 19, birdied the
third and sixth holes to move to 10-under for the tournament
1:10 p.m. -- Phil Mickelson and Keegan
Bradley have just teed off and both are looking to go low. They
start the day six shots behind leader Louis Oosthuizen and
conditions are perfect. Four players -- Kyle Reifers, Rod Pampling,
Shawn Stefani and Roberto Castro -- are 3 under on the day, which
is the current low mark.