For a couple months at the beginning of each year, conversations about golf are often filled with Masters references.
The first major of the year is always a big topic, especially now that the historic gathering in Augusta, Ga., is just a week away.
But before we get to the lightning-fast greens and the intense pressure that goes along with winning a green jacket, there's the Shell Houston Open.
Not only is it played the week before the Masters; it's played on a course that's conditioned to replicate what players will face next week.
The SHO is also the last chance for players who haven't qualified for the Masters to get in. But they have to win in Houston to do so. Two players have done that: Johnson Wagner in 2008 and D.A. Points last year.
Here's a look at the top storylines for the 2014 Shell Houston Open.