Wednesday April 1, 2009
HUMBLE, Texas (AP) -- This week's Shell Houston Open has gotten exactly what it wanted -- three years after getting the event moved to the weekend before the Masters.
The Texas tournament still couldn't lure Tiger Woods, who's sticking to his usual routine of not playing the run-up event to a major.
But 15 of the top 20 players in the world rankings made it to The Tournament Course at Redstone for their final tuneup before the Masters in Augusta, Ga.
The list includes Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Geoff Ogilvy and Padraig Harrington.
Former top-ranked players Greg Norman and Fred Couples are also among the star-studded field, the best in the tournament's 63-year history.
Organizers have tried to simulate conditions at Augusta -- fast greens, light rough and fairways mowed toward the tee.
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