Shell renews contract with Houston Open

Shell Oil Co. has agreed to a five-year extension as the title

sponsor of the Houston Open.

The oil giant has been the tournament’s title sponsor since

1992, the third-longest tenure on the PGA Tour. The event dates to

1946, and is the 10th oldest tournament on the tour.

”To me, this is much more than a golf tournament,” Shell

president Marvin Odum said. ”It is an opportunity for us to give

back to the city and citizens of Houston through charitable


Since Shell became the lead sponsor, the tournament has raised

more than $50 million for the Houston Golf Association to

contribute to regional, youth-based charities. Last year, the

tournament generated about $2.1 million for charities.

”Shell Oil Company has given our event great stability and its

support has enabled our organization to continue to positively

impact the lives of young people every year,” HGA president and

CEO Steve Timms said.

The Houston Open begins Thursday at Redstone Golf Club, its host

site since 2003. It moved from the Members Course to the adjacent

Tournament Course in 2006.

Anthony Kim is the defending champion this year. Phil Mickelson,

Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington and Lee Westwood are also here, using

the event to tune up for next week’s Masters.