From Ed Sherman in the Chicago Tribune, following the news that Harding Park would be getting the tournament-formerly-known-as-the-Western-Open:
The former Western Open might really be going west. But in another bizarre twist, it appears as if the Western Golf Association might be the last to know.But the Tour is claiming the SF Chronicle and AP story on the Harding situation were incorrect:
The BMW Championship--the new title for the Western Open--will be played at Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco in 2013 or 2014, with perhaps another one to be held there between 2015 and 2019, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The BMW would be used to help the PGA Tour fulfill a five-tournament deal it made with San Francisco.
BMW tournament director John Kaczkowski said Sunday he didn't know anything about a proposed move. It seems inconceivable that the tour neglected to contact the WGA to at least say this option was on the table, but sources confirmed that's the case.
"We haven't had any official conversations about San Francisco," Kaczkowski said. He added that the WGA hadn't looked beyond 2010 in terms of rotating the BMW out of Chicago.
"We're far from the end of the process," Combs said. "We're in the middle of discussions. We need more discussions within the city and our own policy board."
Asked about the possibility of the BMW being held in San Francisco, Combs gave a blanket statement.
"As it relates to the first three playoff events, you'll see some rotation of markets and/or venues," he said.