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• COURSE: Golf Club of Houston (Tournament), 7,441 yards, par 72. The 2005 Rees Jones design, with David Toms consulting, earns praise for its ability to replicate Augusta National’s setup in the final days leading to the Masters. Built across a wooded landscape in Houston’s suburbs, Jones took care to preserve the natural lakes and wetlands throughout the layout. Since landing the pre-Masters slot on the schedule in 2007, though, club officials have done well to deliver shaved banks, collection areas around the greens and a Stimpmeter reading of 13 or more.
• FIELD WATCH: FedExCup leader Jimmy Walker, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed – Texans all in the top 15 of the Official World Golf Ranking – head up a field that includes 15 of the top 30 in this week’s computations. … World No.2 Henrik Stenson is the highest ranked in the lineup, joined by No.6 Spieth, No.8 Sergio Garcia and No.10 Justin Rose. … Anirban Lahiri, twice a European Tour winner this year, and former British Open champ Darren Clarke are among several international players using Houston as a Masters tuneup.