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.