The PGA Tour is coming back to Detroit in 2019. After months of rumors — frankly, poorly kept secrets — the PGA Tour announced Quicken Loans has agreed to a multi-year deal to sponsor a PGA Tour return into the Motor City.
The event, which is set to be played at Detroit Golf Club, doesn’t have a formal name or publicly announced dates yet, as the PGA Tour is still finalizing its 2018-19 schedule. The schedule will see a significant overhaul, led by the move of the PGA Championship to May, The Players back to March and a shortening of the FedEx Cup playoffs to three events concluding on or before Labor Day weekend.
This event will mark the first PGA Tour event in the Detroit area since the Buick Open at Warwick Hills ended in 2009.
“Quicken Loans has been a tremendous PGA Tour partner for several years now, making an impact through the innovative spirit and community-first mindset the organization and its leaders bring to every endeavor,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to take this new step in our partnership and bring a PGA Tour event to the great city of Detroit.”
Quicken Loans had been title sponsor of Tiger Woods’ The National tournament in the Washington, D.C., area for the last four years, with their deal to put their name on the tournament ending after the 2017 edition. The National remained on the PGA Tour schedule for this year without a title sponsor, with the PGA Tour moving the event away from its scheduled stop at Congressional Country Club to next-door neighbor TPC Potomac, which it can use for free to save costs. As part of this new deal with the PGA Tour to bring an event to its corporate headquarters in Detroit, Quicken Loans agreed to be the title sponsor of the National one more time.
The new Detroit event may well take the spot of the National on the 2018-19 schedule, but there are still some details to work out with other events, including in Houston, at The Greenbrier and potentially Minneapolis.