Astros owner to run Houston Open; will return in fall 2019

Annette Crawford
June 15, 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.

On Tuesday, the PGA Tour announced the Houston Open will return to Texas after a sponsor stepped forward to keep the tour, but it will now be moved to the fall part of the season. The date of the tournament was not announced.

The purse will be $7.5 million. The layout had served as host since 2003 and that news seemed a possible fatal blow to a tournament that had lost its title sponsor (Shell) for the 2018 event and struggled to find a new one.

The move to the fall paves the way for Minnesota to take Houston's spot in the main portion of the schedule next summer.

Once his agreement with the PGA Tour is official, it is expected that Crane will have the tournament played at the Golf Club of Houston for at least two more years. Hollis Cavner, executive director of the 3M Championship, has been trying to bring a PGA Tour event to Minnesota, and said last month that a new Twin Cities tournament could fill that void.

The announcement also means the Houston Golf Association is no longer the host organization of the Houston Open after 72 years.

Crane's deal with the PGA Tour will be for five years, with the tournament continuing to be played at the Golf Club of Houston. The owner put together a group of local investors and sent his proposal (which included the call for a fall date) to the PGA Tour after the HGA deadline had passed. "The funds raised through this tournament will allow us to continue our commitment to serving the people within our county and city and help improve our parks".

"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", said Jay Monahan, the PGA Tour's commissioner.

"Our team is committed to the continued growth of the Houston Open and making a positive impact in the city of Houston", Crane said.

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