Tiger Woods’ Washington, D.C.-area PGA Tour event is on the 2017-18 PGA Tour schedule, at least for now. Two problems, however: The tournament doesn’t have a title sponsor, and there’s no current host for the invitational event.
The PGA Tour announced their 2017-18 full schedule on Sept. 19, and the TGR Live-run event remains on the schedule in a tough date, played June 28 – July 1 in 2018. The stated purse is $7.1 million.
However, recent developments indicate the PGA Tour has struggled to find a replacement title sponsor in place of Quicken Loans, which has not renewed in that capacity after their agreement expired with the 2017 playing of the event, won by Kyle Stanley in a playoff over Charles Howell III at TPC Potomac. Golf Channel and CSN Mid-Atlantic reported Sept. 18 that the Woods-run tournament has backed out of its agreement with TPC Potomac neighbor Congressional Country Club to play the 2018 and 2020 editions of the event there.
Logically, the PGA Tour will continue seeking a title sponsor for this event, which is stuck in a tough date on the schedule. Drawing a better field is also an uphill battle as the tournament host course is typically set up more like a major championship, with difficult scoring conditions. That’s not exactly what players always want in between the U.S. Open and British Open Championship.
However, if the Tour is unable to identify a new title sponsor, they could agree to subsidize the tournament for a year in hopes that a new title sponsor will emerge for 2019. That could explain the lack of a definitive host venue. If the Tour identifies a sponsor, perhaps the deal with Congressional is back on for the next two even-numbered years. If not, then TPC Potomac, which the Tour owns and can use for free to host the event, could again be host.