Memorial Park, with a $15 million facelift led by architect Tom Doak, greets public golfers today ahead of 2020 Houston Open
2: Number of minutes that it took to sell out the online tee-time inventory for today’s first day of play at Houston’s renovated Memorial Park Golf Course, the Houston Chronicle reported. Memorial Park, an 83-year-old municipal course that underwent a 10-month, $15 million renovation led by architect Tom Doak, will be the site of the PGA Tour’s Houston Open beginning in 2020. Jim Crane, who owns baseball’s Houston Astros and led the drive to save the Houston Open when Shell Oil Co. ended its 26-year involvement after the 2017 event, was scheduled to hit the ceremonial first tee shot today. The Houston Open was held at Memorial Park in 1947 and in 1951-63.
3: Number of consecutive Turkish Airlines Open titles that England’s Justin Rose will seek to win when the European Tour event begins Thursday at Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Belek, Turkey. Rose, 39, who is No. 8 in the Official World Golf Ranking, will be paired with Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger, who leads the tour’s season points standings, and reigning British Open champion Shane Lowry of Ireland (tee times).
34: Number of players who qualified for the Champions Tour’s season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, which begins Thursday at Phoenix (Ariz.) Country Club. The top 34 in the season standings earned spots in the 50-and-older tour’s year-end event (tee times).