Houston organizers do their best to make Masters' prep

Updated: March 29, 2007, 11:34 PM ET
By Associated Press | Professional Golf Association Newswire
HUMBLE, Texas -- The greens are fast, the rough is short and the slopes are so slippery that errant approach shots are doomed to roll into any nearby water.

Organizers of the Houston Open have done everything they can to make the Tournament Course at Redstone play like Augusta National and make their event an ideal prep for next week's Masters.

The Houston Open was moved from late April to the week before the Masters when the PGA Tour shuffled the schedule last year. Tournament officials were hoping the new date and their attempts to simulate Augusta would draw an A-list field.