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Houston Open reclaims its former pre-Masters spot

Longtime PGA Tour stop in Texas moves to early November in revised schedule, 1 week before Masters

Announced: By the Houston Open, that it will be played one week earlier than originally scheduled, on Nov. 5-8 this fall in the PGA Tour’s revised 2020 calendar, after the coronavirus pandemic suspended the season last month. The move restores the Houston Open to its longtime spot one week before the Masters after Augusta National reset its annual major championship, typically played during the second week in April, for Nov. 12-15. Houston Open officials agreed to the move after Augusta National Golf Club requested the Nov. 12-15 dates as optimal for a rescheduled Masters. The Houston Open will move this year to renovated Memorial Park, a 1936 John Bredemus-designed municipal course that had hosted the Tour in 1947 and 1951-63. The tournament had been held at Golf Club of Houston since 2003. The Houston Open had been the lead-in event to the Masters since 2007, but the tournament was demoted to the fall portion of the schedule beginning last year after having lost longtime title sponsor Shell Oil, which is headquartered in Houston. Memorial Park Golf Course, part of a nearly 1,500-acre urban oasis just west of downtown Houston, recently underwent a $33 million renovation overseen by Tom Doak.

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