Thu, 28 May 2020

Houston Open changes dates to accommodate Masters

Field Level Media
07 Apr 2020, 11:55 GMT+10

The Houston Open is moving up a week to make way for the newly rescheduled Masters tournament, which will now be played Nov. 12-15.

The Houston event, run since last year by the Houston Astros, will be held Nov. 5-8.

"Augusta National and the PGA Tour requested that we move our dates so that the Masters can be played at the most optimal time in the fall for that event, and we were happy to accommodate," Astros Golf Foundation president Giles Kibbe said in a statement. "This is a win-win for both tournaments.

"The Masters has their rescheduled dates, and the change places our tournament as the premier tournament to once again be played the week prior. We anticipate having one of the strongest fields that the Houston Open has ever seen, making the inaugural year at Memorial Park a truly memorable experience for fans.

"That being said, we emphasize that this is all incumbent upon the direction of the CDC and local health officials. We understand that our number one priority continues to be the health and safety of all."

The schedule shift puts the Houston Open back in its familiar place ahead of the Masters -- albeit in a different time of year.

From 2007-18, the Houston Open was the last PGA Tour event before the Masters, which is traditionally played the first full week of April. Players could earn an invitation to the Augusta, Ga., major by winning in Houston.

Last October, when the Houston Open first moved to the fall, Lanto Griffin captured the title for his first PGA Tour win.

This year, the tournament is moving to Memorial Park Golf Course, a municipal facility in Houston, about 5 miles from the Astros' Minute Maid Park.

On Monday, the PGA Tour announced a revamped schedule that calls for play to resume in mid-June, with the PGA Championship set for Aug. 6-9 in San Francisco and the U.S. Open set for Sept. 17-20 in Mamaroneck, N.Y. The Open Championship, which was scheduled for July 16-19 in Sandwich, England, was canceled.

The PGA Tour playoffs are set to tee off Aug. 13-16 with the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C.; and also include the Northern Trust, Aug. 20-23 in Norton, Mass.; the BMW Championship, Aug. 27-30 in Olympia Fields, Ill.; and the Tour Championship, Sept. 4-7 in Atlanta.

--Field Level Media

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