The PGA Shell Houston Open 2016 live stream online and televised tournament coverage picks up with the first round on Thursday afternoon from Humble, Texas. This latest event will take place just a week ahead of The Masters with some of the top names in golf competing for a purse of $6.8 million in prize money. Among the PGA stars who will be teeing off are Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and three-time event winner Vijay Singh. The defending champion for the event will not be participating due to withdrawing for a recent injury. The 2016 Shell Houston Open live streaming and TV coverage will be available through Golf Channel and NBC in the coming days.
According to a Golf Channel report on March 30, the 2015 champion J.B. Holmes will not participate in this year’s Houston Open. Holmes withdrew from the event on Wednesday with a shoulder injury the given reason for his withdrawal. He was originally scheduled to be part of a marquee group that included Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth, but will now be replaced by alternate Luke List. Holmes, who should be part of The Masters next week, was listed as a 25 to 1 favorite on the Vegas Insider odds list to win the event in 2016. Another star who won’t participate will be the current world’s No. 1 Jason Day.
Spieth is listed as the overall favorite to win at 6 to 1 odds ahead of other stars such as Henrick Stenson and Rickie Fowler, both of whom have 12 to 1 odds. Dustin Johnson is listed at 14 to 1, while Phil Mickelson is at 16 to 1 and Patrick Reed at 20 to 1. Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel all had 25 to 1 odds and were tied with Holmes on the list. Other notable odds include Steve Stricker at 65 to 1, Ernie Els at 200 to 1 and Vijah Singh at 300 to 1. Singh is a three-time winner of the event, taking the championship in 2002, 2004 and 2005.
This particular event will run from Thursday through Sunday at the Golf Club of Houston, a par 72 course that is a total 7,457 yards. In 2015, Holmes grabbed the tournament championship with a 272 score, defeating Jordan Spieth and Johnson Wagner in a playoff situation. The year prior, Australia’s Matt Jones took the championship in a playoff over Matt Kuchar. Phil Mickelson claimed the top prize in 2011 by three strokes over Chris Kirk and Scott Verplank, while Singh tied a course record score of 266 and set a record of par-22 back in 2002. With the defending champion out, this will be an interesting tune-up event just ahead of The Masters.
The 2016 Shell Houston Open golf tournament will be available for viewing as of 4 p.m. Eastern Time Thursday. Live television coverage will be available on The Golf Channel at that time for the first two days (Thursday, Friday), with NBC picking up coverage as of 3 p.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday through the finals. To watch this PGA golf tournament live streaming online, viewers can use the Golf Live Extra website or mobile apps, which will require logging in with a valid cable or satellite subscription. There may also be live audio coverage via Sirius XM PGA Tour radio channels XM 93 or Sirius 208.