The Houston Open, a fixture on the PGA Tour since 1946, lives on.
With a substantial boost from Houston Astros owner Jim Crane, the tournament that was on the verge of ending this year, has a five-year extension beginning in the fall of 2019.
The Houston Open will move to the fall on the PGA Tour’s new schedule, starting in the 2019-20 season. The official schedule has not been released yet but Houston will no longer occupy the week preceding the Masters as it has in recent years. The Valero Texas Open will slide into the pre-Masters slot beginning next year.
The Astros Foundation will operate and host the event with the support of other local sponsors. It will be played at the Golf Club of Houston.
“Our team is committed to the continued growth of the Houston Open and making a positive impact in the city of Houston,” Crane said in a statement Tuesday. “The Astros Foundation has always committed to giving back to our community. 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 PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan. “The event has always made a significant charitable impact by virtue of tremendous partners and outstanding community support, and thanks to the Astros Foundation and Jim Crane, these works including support of The First Tee of Greater Houston will continue.”