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Shell Houston OpenHigh winds bring Shell Houston Open to a halt.

What rain couldn't do Thursday at Redstone Gold Club, the wind did.

First-round play at the Shell Houston Open was halted for the day because of high winds.

Play will resume at 8 a.m. Friday, tournament organizers said.

Lee Westwood leads the field after cruising through the front nine, shooting a 4-under-par 32 on the Tournament Course.

Westwood birdied both the par-3s on the front nine, making an 11-footer and No. 7 and a 45-foot putt at No. 9.

Eight players -- including Texas natives Justin Leonard, Bob Estes and Bart Bryant -- are tied for second at 2-under.

The SHO already was running 2 1/2 hours behind schedule because of rain that soaked the area in the morning.

PGA Tour officials first determined the winds were making the Tournament Course unplayable and halted play at 12:50 p.m. The decision to call play for the day came a little more than three hours later.

It marks the first time wind has suspended play in the PGA Tour since 2007 at Harbour Town.

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