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April News Digest
The annual Shell Houston Open golf tournament is looking for a new sponsor and a new venue. Shell Oil are ending their sponsorship as part of a change in sponsorship strategy and Houston Golf Association's contract with the Golf Club of Houston ended with the 2017 tournament won on 2 April by Russell Henley, of Georgia. Mayor Sylvester Turner has suggested Memorial Park would be a suitable venue for the PGA event. It was last staged there in 1963.
The 2017 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo attracted a record attendance of 2.6 million visitors during the three weeks of events. This total exceeded the 2014 record of 2.5 million.
Thirteen Houstonians figure in the 2017 Forbes Magazine list of the world's billionaires. The list comprises 2043 individuals with an average estimated wealth of about $3.75 billion. Texas supplied 50 of the names. Bill Gates topped the list for the fourth year running.