Welcome, y’all, to Austin, Texas!
Over this past weekend, news broke of the World Golf Championships Match Play event moving to Austin in 2016 with Dell Computers reportedly signing on to become the title sponsor.
If you didn’t believe the news at that time, maybe you’ll believe it now. Dell and the International Federation of PGA Tours announced a multi-year deal today to bring the WGC Dell Match Play to Austin through at least 2019, meaning this event will likely stay in Austin for the next four years.
Austin Country Club is poised to be the host for at least the first two years, with the final two years still up in the air. The ACC membership still has to vote on hosting the vote so I reached to Bob Estes on Twitter earlier this evening and asked him if there was anyway ACC members would not vote in favor of hosting this event. I thought Estes would know best, since he’s a long time Austin resident, Texas Longhorn and Austin Country Club member.
Of course this is only Bob Estes’ opinion but if the membership votes unanimously in favor of hosting the WGC Dell Match Play then this is a huge win for the state of Texas.
As I wrote a couple days ago, I am the biggest Texas golf advocate you will find. I have lived in this state of 34 years and will always call this state home. I want to see golf thrive in Texas and big events like this help. This would make five PGA Tour events hosted in Texas throughout the year: Valero Texas Open, Shell Houston Open, Byron Nelson Championship and Crown Plaza Invitational.
I know it may be a pipe dream, but I am in big time favor of the PGA Tour creating a “Texas Swing” just like they do for the West coast and Florida. If the PGA Tour and Dell can keep this WGC Dell Match Play in Texas for the next four years, it would be huge for Texas.
PGA Tour players are going to love Austin, I can guarantee that. I would not be surprised it we hear some guys say Austin becomes their favorite tour stop. The city has a great vibe, great food, great music and just a wonderful atmosphere surrounding it.
What do you think? Should there be a Texas Swing and maybe hold five tournaments in this state back-to-back. Let me know below or hit me up on Twitter @Front9Back9.