Quicken Loans to sponsor new PGA Tour event in Detroit

DETROIT — Ten years after leaving Michigan, the PGA Tour is bringing a new tournament to Detroit.

Detroit-based Quicken Loans has signed an agreement to host a PGA Tour event in the Motor City starting next summer. Still to be determined is the name of the tournament and when it will be played, though it likely would be two weeks after the U.S. Open.

It is expected to be held at Detroit Golf Club, a century-old course designed by Donald Ross.

As part of the agreement, the company will retain its title sponsorship of the Quicken Loans National this year, which is held at the TPC Potomac and run by the Tiger Woods Foundation. The foundation will not be involved in the Detroit tournament.

Intersport will operate the tournament, along with other attractions that will take place in Detroit during the event.

One of the selling points for bringing the PGA Tour to Detroit was taking part in revitalizing the city.

“Professional golf belongs in Detroit,” Quicken Loans chief executive Jay Farner said. “The Motor City — and the entire state of Michigan — have long served as a premier golf destination with some of the best courses in the country. We will be working with the PGA Tour to make the Detroit stop one of the most exciting and engaging events on the professional golf calendar.”

Michigan had the Buick Open from 1958 through 2009, with a brief hiatus in the early 1970s. Woods won the tournament three times, including the final edition.

Quicken Loans stepped in as the title sponsor of Woods’ tournament in Washington in 2014 after AT&T did not renew the contract. It moved to different courses and struggled to get a strong field, not helped by injuries to Woods that kept him from playing the last two years.

Quicken Loans also has a personal endorsement contract with Rickie Fowler.

The announcement is another step toward the PGA Tour securing its schedule for next season, which will be tightened to try to end the FedEx Cup a week before the NFL season starts.

Just Posted

Updated: Red Deer welcomes 2019 Canada Winter Games Team Alberta

About 250 Alberta athletes are participating in the Games

Trump says ‘things are going very well’ with North Korea

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Saturday that “things are going very… Continue reading

NDP won’t stop until Trans Mountain is built, says minister

Deron Bilous speaks at Red Deer chamber luncheon

Trudeau fields questions at town hall meeting in St-Hyacinthe, Que.

SAINT-HYACINTHE, Que. — Ottawa’s decision to sign the UN compact for migration… Continue reading

Americans face deadline to file paperwork for Huawei executive’s extradition

OTTAWA — American authorities are facing a key deadline at the end… Continue reading

VIDEO: Students in MAGA hats mock Native American at Indigenous Peoples March

Diocese in Kentucky says it is investigating the matter, caught on video by onlookers

CONSUMER REPORT: What to buy each month in 2019 to save money

Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seismologists expect the temblors to continue for months, although the frequency has lessened

Women’s March returns across the U.S. amid shutdown and controversy

The original march in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, drew hundreds of thousands of people

Kriechmayr edges Swiss favourite Feuz to win WCup downhill

WENGEN, Switzerland — It takes a special run to beat Switzerland’s best… Continue reading

WestJet plane heading to Victoria slides off Edmonton runway, no injuries

EDMONTON — A WestJet plane has slid off an icy taxiway at… Continue reading

Sam Bennett scores twice, Flames beat Red Wings 6-4

Flames 6, Red Wings 4 CALGARY — Sam Bennett scored twice including… Continue reading

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Most Read