Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Texas Open's Move to Spring Announced

The Texas Open is finally going to make its long-anticipated move to a Spring date on the PGA Tour schedule in 2009. The official annoucement comes today, but the move was reported by Richard Oliver in the San Antonio Express-News this morning.

The article states:

The San Antonio stop, which raked in a PGA Tour-record $8.4 million in charity dollars in 2007, will be held Oct. 9-12 this year at the Resort Course at La Cantera, then again seven months later on the same site. In 2010, the Texas Open will relocate to the AT&T Oaks Course at the TPC complex under construction in far north Bexar County.

The tournament, part of the PGA Tour since 1922, will hike its purse from $4.5 million to $6.1 million as the kickoff of a "Texas Swing" that also will include, in successive weeks in May, the EDS Byron Nelson Championship in Irving and the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth.

Additionally, the Texas Open will shift from being televised exclusively on cable by the Golf Channel to being picked up by CBS-TV for its weekend rounds.

The Texas Open will follow the Players Championship on the schedule and precede the Nelson and Colonial. According to the E-N.

This move to a Spring date - and the heart of the FedEx Cup points race - will immediately improve the field for the Texas Open. But I doubt any of the real stars will show up until 2010, when the tournament moves to the new TPC course. Tour players hate the La Cantera layout, plus the date - immediately following the Players - provides a convenient excuse for the very best players to take a week off before hitting Dallas or Fort Worth.

When the new course comes online in 2010, it may well serve as the true coming-out for the new Texas Open.

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