Friday, 23 August 2019
Latest news
Main » Astros owner takes control of Houston Open | Ap Sports

Astros owner takes control of Houston Open | Ap Sports

15 June 2018

The 2019 tournament will be conducted at the Golf Club of Houston during the fall portion of the PGA TOUR's 2019-20 FedExCup Season with a $7.5 million purse and 500 FedExCup points awarded to the victor.

Astros owner Jim Crane has reached an agreement in principle with the PGA Tour to take over the Houston Open Golf Tournament, with the event backed by his charitable Astros Foundation, according to sources with knowledge of the process. The date of the tournament was not announced.

In the meantime, the Houston Golf Association (which ran the event) had missed the Tour's June 1 deadline to get a sponsor for the tournament.

The purse will be $7.5 million. The Astros Foundation will use a consortium of local sponsors for financial support of the tournament.

The HGA has been without a title sponsor since Shell chose not to extend its contract following the 2017 tournament.

The move to the fall opens a spot on next year's schedule for the 3M Championship in Minnesota to move to the PGA Tour.

"The PGA TOUR has a rich history in Houston dating back to 1946, and we're thrilled to share this great news today regarding the Houston Open", Monahan said.

The PGA Tour has yet to release next year's full schedule.

The Queenslander says he'll draw inspiration his sensational finish to the 2015 US Open, when he scored an eagle on the final hole.

"I think it would be great for Minnesota, golf in Minnesota and fans in Minnesota", PGA player Tim Herron, who lives in the Twin Cities, said when asked earlier this month by 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS about a possible stop in his home state. The Astros Foundation is the team charity of the Houston Astros. Champions hosted the U.S. Open that year.

The Houston Open's roots on the Tour go back to 1946 and the event had turned its date of the week before the Masters into a gem on the calendar.

The links course now plays host to the 3M Championships - part of the PGA Champions (Senior) Tour - in late July and early August which has been in Minnesota since the early 1990s.

Astros owner takes control of Houston Open | Ap Sports