Johnny Morris’ Big Cedar Lodge will not host the PGA Tour Champions’ Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf tournament in 2020, confirming this year’s edition was the end of a six-year run in hosting the tournament.
Multiple outlets have reported on the tournament’s status.
The event, which Morris revived in 2014 to host at his Missouri resort in the Ozarks, featured two-man teams competing on the myriad courses available at the property, including the Jack Nicklaus-designed par-3 course. In recent years, the event had been played in late April with a celebrity pro-am component that drew in both legends of the game and entertainers who love to play the game.
However, the resort is now committed to focusing on its expanded golf offerings, including the forthcoming opening of Payne’s Valley, the first publicly accessible course designed by Tiger Woods.
“We’re proud of everything we accomplished with Legends of Golf… When we first started [the tournament,] Big Cedar wasn’t established as an internationally known course… now it is,” said Bass Pro Shops spokesperson Jack Wlezien to KY3.
It’s unclear if the Legends of Golf course continue on the PGA Tour Champions schedule with another sponsor-venue combination. PGA Tour Champions is still completing its season and is yet to announce their 2020 docket.
The original Legends of Golf tournament was first played in 1978 and is said to have launched the modern PGA Tour Champions, which was born shortly after the inaugural team event as the Senior PGA Tour.