HOUSTON (FOX 26) - The U.S. Women's Open is coming to Houston's Champions Golf Club in 2020.
This is just the latest big event hosted by Champions Golf Club, which is owned by World Golf Hall of Famer and former Masters champion Jackie Burke Jr. Champions has also hosted the 1967 Ryder Cup and five PGA Tour Championships, the most recent being in 2003.
"We're very excited," said Matt Sawicki, the U.S. Women's Open Championship Director. "Champions is such a phenomenal golf course and the U.S. Women's Open is truly the most prominent event in women's golf. And to be able to bring it to one of the best clubs, one of the best cities in the country - this city's hosted Super Bowls, it's hosted Final Fours, and now to handle another international event which will bring fans from across the globe. It's really a special place and we're excited."
Friday's announcement at the club coincided with a surprise 93rd birthday party for Burke, who definitely didn't see this coming.
"I didn't know all this was happening," Burke said. "I thought I was just coming over here to have a small dinner.
"We have the people in Houston that are going to back (the U.S. Women's Open), so it is going to be a great event," Burke continued. "Our course is... (Jimmy) Demaret and I built it to bring national events."
The news of the U.S. Women's Open coming to Houston was met with excitement from Stacy Lewis, the third-ranked golfer in the world who grew up in the Woodlands.
"I am beyond excited to have the U.S. Women's Open in Houston!" Lewis wrote in a text to FOX 26. "Champions has such a deep history that women will now be a part of. Thank you to Jackie and Robin Burke for all your efforts in bringing this championship to my hometown."