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Wednesday
Nov082017

Colonial Facing December 1 Deadline Over Its Future?

Updating the situation in Forth Worth, the Star-Telegram's Mac Engel suggests the PGA Tour is not doing enough to help the historic Colonial National Invitational find a new sponsor as Dean & DeLuca looks to get out.

Originally facing a Nov. 1 deadline to resolve the sponsorship situation, Engel says the club has until December 1st.

According to multiple sources, the PGA is not doing much to help. That the PGA is sitting on its hands is only slightly ironic because it was the PGA that put Colonial in this situation.

It was the PGA that lined up Colonial with D&D. Now the PGA is looking at the Fort Worth country club to fix this problem.

Which is a plausible scenario after 2018.

The PGA is not talking about this, which leads fans, club members and media to draw their own conclusions.

It's not implausible to think the PGA Tour will let the event die given the need to consolidate in 2019 when the PGA Championship moves to May. However, this is one thing when the consolidation might impact relatively new tournaments. But saying goodbye to an event dating to 1946 will be a tougher sales job.

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Reader Comments (11)

Doesn't the Star-Telegram have a golf writer any more? Or at least someone who knows the difference between the PGA and the PGA Tour?
11.8.2017 | Unregistered CommenterWill Skeat
Hard to say that the Tour is "DUE" to lose a tournament but the facts are that the PGATour has not lost a tournament since 2012 (Disney), and only two tournaments since Jan-2010 (Disney and Turning Stone)

Tour lost 13 tournaments from 2002-2009

I doubt if there has been a longer time period where the Tour schedule has had this much stability in their schedule.

Tournaments ended since 2000

2002 - Air Canada Championship last played
2002 - Michelop Championship last played
2002 - Buick Challenge last played
2006 - Booz Allen (Kemper) last played
2006 - Chrysler Classic (Tucson) last played
2006 - BC Open last played
2006 - US Bank Milwaukee last played
2006 - 84 Lumber last played
2006 - Ford Doral last played (became WGC Cadillac)
2006 - International last played
2008 - Gin sur Mer last played
2008 - AT&T Classic (Atlanta) last played
2009 - Buick Open last played
2010 - Turning Stone last played
2012 - Walt Disney last played
11.8.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge P Burdell
Let it go. Colonial is a museum piece. It was a good test before the equipment got out of hand...hell, 18 tee is nearly in 14 fairway now. They can't lengthen the place much more. Scott Ebers has done a wonderful job but growing bent grass in the Trinity River bottom is tough. Greens are kept alive and are generally pretty soft. This area will do fine with just one stop over at Trinity Forest. Wait till you guys see this place...or better yet, wait till the Tour boys see this place.
11.8.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTexaswedge
Star-Telegram was let go after 35 years on the job.
11.8.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBill
Uh, correction, Star-Telegram golf writer was let go after 35 years on the job. Mac Engel is a Skip Bayless wannabe.
11.8.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBill
Should be interesting (i.e. different) how it plays based on the glowing review from Ron Whitten. I remember reading it was called "Dumpsite Forest" last year by locals. They were wondering where the giant fan would be to combat the putrid odors from outgassing when the wind was blowing in the wrong direction.
11.8.2017 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
Two events in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the same timeframe always struck me as odd, and the course is long since outdated. Thanks for the memories...
11.8.2017 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
Wow! I am astonished by these comments. "Let it go"? I really hope this tournament doesn't go away. Keeping a course like Colonial on the tour is really, for me, keeping the style of play that this course requires on the scene and relevant. I think more of the past winners of this tournament, and their resumes. I can't believe more of your readers would not agree.
11.8.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJLJ
I never understood Dean and DeLuca as a sponsor. Didn’t make sense for D and D.
11.8.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBill
So the tour now plays at TPC San Antonio but not Colonial
11.8.2017 | Unregistered CommenterOle Tom Morris
TPC San Antonio is a goat track.
11.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBill

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