Astros owner takes control of Houston Open

Rex Christensen
June 15, 2018

Crane and his group will replace the Houston Golf Association as hosts of the tournament, which began running the Houston Open in 1946.

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 terms of the deal state the Astros Foundation will operate the tournament and serve as the host organization.

Smith, who won the Australian PGA Championship in December, has welcomed the brutal test Shinnecock Hills is likely to dish up competitors.

Minnesota would give the PGA Tour two new markets for the 2018-19 season, which is being tightened to end the FedEx Cup a week before Labor Day.

Earlier in June, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reported that golf officials from the Twin Cities were down in Florida at the PGA headquarters trying to secure a spot on next year's golf tour.

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Still to be determined is the schedule between the PGA Championship in May through the British Open in July. The HGA already has been cutting its staff, though executive director Steve Timms said it will remain active in its successful junior golf programs — which includes The First Tee — amateur tournaments and a municipal golf project to restore city golf courses in Houston.

The Queenslander says he'll draw inspiration his sensational finish to the 2015 US Open, when he scored an eagle on the final hole. "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 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. His title defense would not be until 2019, possibly in October.

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.

"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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