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A not-so-surprising weak field in Houston and other big things in golf

The situation that unfolded in Houston last week was inevitable. Not so much the feel-good story of Lanto Griffin winning his first PGA Tour event -- and finishing in the top 10 for the first time, too. Those kind of tales are common in golf, perhaps more so when many of the big names in the game elect to stay home.

The weak field made for plenty of chatter at the Houston Open, the longtime tour event that was saved by Houston Astros owner and golf nut Jim Crane and moved to the fall from its traditional spring date prior to the Masters.