Woods' DC event to be held this sea­son even with­out spon­sor

South Florida Times - - SPORTS - AP Golf Writer

Tiger Woods DC tour­na­ment will pro­ceed. By DOUG FER­GU­SON

JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Tiger Woods' tour­na­ment out­side Wash­ing­ton is still talk­ing to po­ten­tial ti­tle spon­sors, in­clud­ing Quicken Loans, which did not re­new. But it's on the sched­ule for the new sea­son as The Na­tional, and PGA Tour Com­mis­sioner Jay Mon­a­han says it's not com­ing off.

“We made the com­mit­ment,” Mon­a­han said. “Our play­ers are go­ing to be show­ing up there and we're go­ing to be play­ing for that amount of money ($7.1 mil­lion).”

The tour­na­ment, run by the Tiger Woods Foun­da­tion, orig­i­nally was sched­uled to re­turn to Con­gres­sional for 2018. But with un­cer­tainly over ti­tle spon­sor­ship, the PGA Tour de­cided to opt out its con­tract with the club for 2018 and 2020.

Why opt out with such cer­tainty of play­ing in 2018? Mon­a­han said there is no guar­an­tee the Na­tional will be played in 2019 and be­yond. Be­ing tied to a golf course - even one as sto­ried as Con­gres­sional - might limit any ne­go­ti­a­tions. ”Let's say we didn't re­new with Quicken and there was an­other spon­sor and they had a dif­fer­ent ob­jec­tive. They wanted to be at a dif­fer­ent golf course, a dif­fer­ent part of town. They wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent,'' Mon­a­han said.“You can't be wed to one golf course that might limit your abil­ity to get a deal done.”

The tour­na­ment re­mains in con­tact with Quicken Loans, and there are con­ver­sa­tions with other po­ten­tial spon­sors.

Still on the table is a sce­nario in which Detroit-based Quicken Loans might be in­ter­ested in hav­ing the PGA Tour closer to its head­quar­ters. But that would be after 2018. Mon­a­han went from "highly, highly likely'' to "it's for sure in D.C. - I can say that'' for the Na­tional to be held in Wash­ing­ton this sea­son, with or with­out a ti­tle spon­sor.

The course has not been de­ter­mined. It was played last year at TPC Po­tomac at Avenel Farm.

The Hous­ton Open also is with­out a ti­tle spon­sor. Find­ing re­place­ments is a pri­or­ity for the PGA Tour, along with con­cern that Bridge­stone might not re­new its ti­tle spon­sor­ship after next year of the World Golf Cham­pi­onship event at Fire­stone. QB Alex McGough

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