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Golf prize money up for grabs at 2014 Shell Houston Open

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The following is a list of the prize money up for grabs at the 2014 Shell Houston Open, which is being played from Thursday, April 3, to Sunday, April 6, 2014, at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas.

The Shell Houston Open has prominence on the PGA Tour because it is usually played one week before The Masters. So most of the big names in golf play the Shell Houston Open as a tuneup for The Masters, and less prominent PGA Tour members can get an invite to The Masters by winning the Shell Houston Open.

Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy are both scheduled to play the 2014 Shell Houston Open as they prepare for The Masters. A lingering oblique issue, though, has caused Phil Mickelson to withdraw from the pro-am tournament on Wednesday, and it's not certain Phil Mickelson will play this weekend.

Tiger Woods will not be playing the 2014 Shell Houston Open or the 2014 Masters, as he recovers from back surgery to fix a pinched nerve. It's unclear exactly when Tiger Woods will be back on a golf course.

In his career, Tiger Woods has rarely, if ever, played in the Shell Houston Open, and he has never won the tournament. Phil Mickelson won the Shell Houston Open in 2011, while Rory McIlroy is looking for his first win here.

The players with the most wins in the Shell Houston Open are Curtis Strange (1980, 1986, 1988) and Vijay Singh (2002, 2004, 2005) with three wins each.

Without Tiger Woods in the 2014 Masters, you know the focus leading up to The Masters will be on both Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy. That's if Phil Mickelson's oblique injury allows him play in The Masters.

Golf prize money up for grabs at 2014 Shell Houston Open

The total prize money up for grabs at the 2014 Shell Houston Open is $6.4 million, which is up 3.2% from last year's $6.2 million purse.

  • Winner - $1.152 million

The winner of the 2014 Shell Houston Open will pocket a cool $1.152 million. That is up 3.2% from the $1.116 million D.A. Points earned when he won the 2013 Shell Houston Open.

  • Second Place - $691,200

The second place finisher in the 2014 Shell Houston Open will earn $691,200. In 2013, Bill Horschel and Henrik Stenson split $1.0912 million with each player earning $545,600, when they tied for second place at the Shell Houston Open.

  • Third Place - $435,200
  • Fourth Place - $320,000 (estimate)

Dustin Johnson and Ben Crane split $545,600, with each player earning $272,800, when they tied for fourth place here in 2013.

  • Fifth Place - $240,000 (estimate)
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