Announced: By the PGA Tour, that the Houston Open will continue for five years. In a deal with Jim Crane, who owns baseball’s Houston Astros, the tournament will return to the Golf Club of Houston, where it has been held since 2003. However, the Houston Open will move from its customary spot in the week before the Masters to early October. The tournament will be sponsored by the Astros Foundation and carry a purse of $7.5 million.
Died: Pandel Savic, who served for more than 30 years as general chairman of the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament and was a founding member of host site Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, on Tuesday. He was 92. Savic, a native of Macedonia who came to the U.S. at age 9, fought with the Marines in the South Pacific in World War II and quarterbacked Ohio State to its first Rose Bowl victory, in 1950. According to the Columbus Dispatch newspaper, Savic built a company that sold safety supplies and moved to Upper Arlington, Ohio, a Columbus suburb, where he lived across the street from Jack Nicklaus. Savic became a confidant of the golf champion. In a statement, Nicklaus called Savic “as good a friend as I have ever had.” No cause of death was listed. According to the Dispatch, Savic had suffered in recent years from Alzheimer’s disease.