Jim Crane sends proposal to PGA Tour to take over Houston Open Golf Tournament

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Houston Astros owner Jim Crane has submitted a proposal to the PGA Tour to take over the Houston Open Golf Tournament.

“We’ve given a proposal to the PGA,” Crane said. “We’re negotiating it now and hope to have something to announce very soon.”

Crane said he delivered his proposal to the PGA Tour on Friday.

“The Astros Foundation is backing it and underwriting it,” Crane said. “We already have secured multiple sponsors that we’d be glad to talk about at a later date. We expect to get 10 to 12 total.”

The Houston Golf Association began hosting the Houston Open in 1946.

The HGA has been without a title sponsor since Shell did not extend its contract following the 2017 tournament.

“They gave them until June 1, was a hard deadline to secure a sponsor,” Crane said. “That wasn’t hit. So we gave them a proposal on Friday.”

Houston Golf Association president and CEO Steve Timms declined comment.

“We can’t comment because we do not know what Crane has proposed,” Timms said in a text message to FOX 26 Sports.

Crane has not ruled out working with the HGA.

“If we get the event we’d sit down and talk to them and see how we could work together.” Crane said. “I don’t know how that would work because I haven’t talked to them yet.”

Crane said if he lands the tournament the Houston Open will return to the Golf Club of Houston, where the event has been played, while he works to move it to Memorial Park.

“The goal is to play at the Golf Club of Houston and then eventually renovate the city park (Memorial Park) with the Mayor’s approval and the park’s approval, and hold the tournament downtown where we think the attendance would be better and raise more money for charity,” Crane said.

While it was initially thought the Houston Open could potentially be played in June after losing its date prior to the Masters, Crane has other ideas.

“We don’t think the date in June works, because it’s too hot to go to a golf tournament in the middle of June,” Crane said.  “We are working on a fall date.

“We will be there (Golf Club of Houston) next fall and the following fall and hope to be in (Memorial) Park by ’21.”

Crane said his message to PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan goes beyond his proposal.

“I told the commissioner at some point in the future we wanted to be one of the best tournaments on the PGA Tour, and I think we can deliver that,” Crane said.

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