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2011 PGA Champ Keegan Bradley commits to SHO

on 06 March 2012.

Keegan Bradley and Paul Casey have committed to play in the Shell Houston Open.

Keegan Bradley finished tied for 52nd place in last year's SHO.Keegan Bradley finished tied for 52nd place in last year's SHO.Bradley, 2011 PGA Championship and HP Byron Nelson Championship winner, is ranked No. 20 in the World Golf Rankings. England’s Casey is the 2009 SHO champion. They’re both now on the commitment list for the March 26-April 1 event at Redstone Golf Club – Tournament Course.

Bradley also was the 2011 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. He joins 2011 British Open champion Darren Clarke of Ireland as the second reigning major championship winner in the SHO field. Casey is making his first appearance in Houston since suffering an injury during the pro-am round of the 2010 tournament.

 Tournament Director Steve Timms is scheduled to be at the Cadillac Championship WGC event at Doral this week. “We hope to finalize commitments from more high profile players in Miami,” said Timms.

Phil Mickelson, No. 12 and winner of the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, is the defending SHO champion. Other high profile players in the field include: No. 3 Lee Westwood of England; No. 10 Hunter Mahan, who beat current No. 1 Rory McElroy in the finals of the 2012 Accenture World Match Play Championship; No. 15 Graeme McDowell of Ireland, the 2010 U.S. Open champion; 2003 SHO winner Fred Couples; and 2012 SONY Open winner Johnson Wagner, the 2008 SHO champ.

Padraig Harrington of Ireland, winner of two British Opens and one PGA Championship, is scheduled to make his sixth straight appearance.

Peter Hanson of Sweden, No. 26, and Thomas Bjorn of Denmark, No. 29, have accepted invitations to play in the Shell Houston Open. Former University of Houston golfer Anders Hansen of Denmark, No. 37, also received an invitation after Simon Dyson of England withdrew to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. Those three invitations are out of the special category for non-PGA TOUR members ranked in the top 100 in the world and in the Masters category.

Players have until March 23 (the Friday before tournament week) to commit or withdraw from the Shell Houston Open. The starting field will be 144 players. A player, not otherwise eligible, could earn an invitation to The Masters by winning in Houston.

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