It's a home game for Patrick Reed this week at the Shell Houston Open.
The 24-year-old, four-time PGA Tour winner was clearly feeling at home too when faced with this difficult shot just outside of a bunker on the par-3 ninth hole at the Golf Club of Houston:
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 2, 2015
How good was that?
Even better, that was Reed's last hole of the day. The birdie capped off a 4-under 68.
One of the great traditions during Masters week is the playing of the Par-3 Contest the day before the actual tournament starts.
The pictures each year from the Par-3 are the best -- the children of players decked out from head to toe in a Masters green hat and white, caddie jumpsuit; loved ones caddying, friends caddying, etc.
Well, Jillian Stacey -- the longtime girlfriend of 2011 PGA Champion Keegan Bradley -- tweeted out a special invitation she received on Thursday from Bradley:
— Jillian Stacey (@JillianStacey1) April 2, 2015
Nice touch with the green roses, Keegs.
Outside of a runner-up finish at the 2014 PGA Championship, Phil Mickelson hasn't played his best golf over the last 15 months. He missed the cut at the Masters a year ago for just the second time in his career.
This week, he's looking for some form before heading to Augusta, Ga., where he's looking to win his fourth green jacket.
If Thursday's start to the Shell Houston Open, Mickelson might be finding that form at just the right time.
After missing the green with his approach on the par-4 10th hole at the Golf Club of Houston -- his first hole of the tournament -- Mickelson had his caddie pull the flag from the hole before he settled in for the birdie chip.
Here's what happened:
Not a bad way to get a round started.
At the time of this posting, Mickelson was 6 under through 12 holes and had an share of the early lead.
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