Winners and losers from Shell Houston Open week

Matt Jones — Getty Images

Matt Jones

Matt Jones — Getty Images

This past weekend saw a lot of great story lines and we are here to give you the good and the bad of it. Here are our winners and losers from the past week in golf.


Matt Jones -- As a kid, spending hours practicing golf means you daydream of hitting that one golf shot to win your first PGA Tour tournament. Matt Jones did it twice on Sunday, making a 45-foot birdie putt on his 72nd hole to have an outside chance at a playoff, and after a Matt Kuchar bogey on his 18th hole, Jones holed out a really tough pitch shot on the first playoff hole to not only win his first PGA Tour tournament, but land the last spot in the Masters. Not a bad two hole stretch for the 33-year-old Australian who was facing one of the biggest names in the field in his first ever PGA Tour playoff.

Lexi Thompson -- The 19-year-old American became the second youngest major winner ever with her complete domination on Sunday, firing a final round 68 while playing alongside the biggest name in women's golf, Michelle Wie. Thompson looked a lot like the old school Tiger Woods, pulling driver on just about every hole she could, giving her a massive advantage over the field with her length and accuracy. Thompson is the real deal, and at just 19 now has four LPGA wins including this major.

Rory McIlroy -- It's hard to put a guy like Rory in winners when he doesn't actually win, but his final round 65 is exactly what he needed as he boarded his flight to Augusta. A lot of people thought before the week started that McIlroy was one of the favorites this week at the Masters, and that 7-under final round just helps legitimize the claim.

Shawn Stefani -- Playing on a sponsor exemption in Houston, Stefani made the most of his week, finishing fifth alone at the Shell to collect $256,000, a huge step if he wants to earn his tour card for next season.


Matt Kuchar -- Maybe the media makes more of this than they should, but this was another huge lead for Kuchar that he let slip away. His short par miss on the 16th hole let the field back in it, but it was his horrible second shot from the middle of the fairway on the 18th hole that was complete choke city. Kuchar is one of the most talented guys on tour and seems to always be in contention at events, but it's the closing that seems the hardest for the only man in the top-11 on the leaderboard that failed to break par on Sunday.

Dustin Johnson -- His opening round 80 was bad enough, but withdrawing without even giving a reason? That's as weak as it gets for a man that prides himself on his athleticism. Buck up, DJ, or let someone else in the field and just stay home if you only plan to play one round.

Padraig Harrington -- An opening round 69 in Houston was his first sub-70 round in four starts, but it ended up being the eye of the hurricane for the three-time major winner, who shot a second round 79 to miss his fourth cut in his last six events.

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