There has been much anticipation all year about the new look schedule that the PGA TOUR is unveiling in the 2019 season, especially with the shifts in the major championship schedule. But one non-major event that was supposed to happen has now been abandoned.
Outside of the changes, the PGA TOUR made with the major championships this season, one of the tournaments that had most of the golf world excited was the event expected to be hosted by NBA All-Star Stephen Curry.
After appearing on the Web.com Tour in 2018, Curry began talks to host his own tournament on the PGA TOUR. And after months of planning, the proposed event has now been dissolved.
Stephen Curry walks to the sixth tee during round two of the Ellie Mae Classic at TCP Stonebrae on August 4, 2017 in Hayward, California. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
The details for the event were almost finalized, the course that was set to host the event was the Lake Merced Club in California and the PGA TOUR had even held on to a weekend in September so the event could be placed on that weekend when it became official. The Lake Merced Club even voted to make millions of dollars of improvements and modifications to their course to support a PGA TOUR event.
A golfer practices after her third round of the Mediheal Championship at Lake Merced Golf Club on April 28, 2018 in Daly City, California. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
After all of that work, however, the event has seemingly been canceled or at the very least, postponed. The reason given seems to be that sponsorships for the event fell apart at the last minute. Workday, a finance company in the area, was tabbed to be the sponsor of the event but negotiations with the company fell apart with not enough time left to find a new sponsor for the potential event.
For those who really want to see a Steph Curry sponsored event, however, shouldn’t fret. Reports are now that the PGA TOUR will work with Steph to try to get the event up and running in 2020.
Another option, however, could be to wait until 2021 so the host course can be Harding Park. Harding Park was Curry’s first choice for the event but the course is tied up in a PGA of America contract through 2020, which includes hosting the PGA Championship that year.
While it’s definitely a bummer that the PGA TOUR and Curry weren’t able to get this event up and running this year, there are still plenty of events to look forward to in 2019. And as long as the two sides keep working on getting the event in place, it’ll show up on the PGA TOUR schedule soon enough.
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