Jordan Spieth says he plans to play in Shell Houston Open

Spieth finished 2nd in Houston last season

HOUSTON – The world's number one golfer is coming to Houston to play in the Shell Houston Open again. 

In a press conference prior to the Singapore Open being played this week, Jordan Spieth said he plans to play in the two tournaments prior to the Masters to hopefully have his game sharp enough to claim a second consecutive green jacket.

"Hopefully, (I’ll) have a nice momentum going into the Masters," Spieth said.

"I will be running in, I think with the Masters as my third event in a row, which is normal for me there. That's what it was last year. 

"I feel like I can hopefully put myself in contention in at least one of the prior two weeks, in either Austin or Houston, two places that I'm very familiar with, and build some confidence."

The Shell Houston Open is scheduled from March 31 to April 3 at the Golf Club of Houston. The Masters is played the following weekend.

The World Golf Championships Match Play is scheduled for the week prior at the Austin Country Club.

Spieth, a Dallas native, has played the Shell Houston Open each of the last three seasons.

He was runner-up last year, losing in a three-man playoff to J.B. Holmes, before going on to win his first Masters the following week.