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Notes: Masters build-up makes two stops in Texas

Many of the thoughts on the PGA Tour this time of year are focused on the Masters in a couple weeks, but first comes a Texas two-step to complete the run-up.

The Shell Houston Open is this week near Houston, followed by next week’s Valero Texas Open in San Antonio. They serve as the final two opportunities for anyone not currently in the Masters field to play their way in by winning. The Houston Open folks have smartly concluded that players are already busy preparing for the Masters, so setting up the Tournament Course at Redstone Golf Club as close as possible to Augusta National — not much rough, super-quick, contoured greens, tightly mown chipping areas — could bring some star talent to their event.

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