HOUSTON – World Golf Hall of Fame member Phil Mickelson has been a familiar face at the Shell Houston Open over the last nine years and on Wednesday tournament director Steve Timms announced that Mickelson has committed to the Houston tournament for the 10th consecutive year.
Mickelson is a former Shell Houston Open champion and is currently no. 19 in the World Golf Rankings.
Rising star and PGA tour rookie Jon Rahm of Spain has also committed and will be making his Shell Houston Open debut. Currently ranked No. 25 in the world, Rahm had his first victory at the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open.
Both Mickelson and Rahm are coming off strong finishes at the 2017 World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship. Mickelson finished tied for seventh and Rahm finished tied for third place, proving he is a contender in the race for the FedExCup.
Including Mickelson, the Shell Houston Open has added nine returning SHO champions, including No. 8 Adam Scott. Major championship winners Jimmy Walker, Keegan Bradley, Stewart Cink and Lucas Glover, including international champions Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Padraig Harrington and Angel Cabrera have committed to the 26th Shell Houston Open.
The 2017 Shell Houston Open will be played the week of March 27-April 2 at the Golf Club of Houston Tournament Course.