The Professional Golfers Association will tee off the 2018 spring schedule in the near future. Texas will host more PGA events before Memorial Day than anywhere else.
Beginning with the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, the pros have only one tourney outside of Florida, the World Golf Championships in Mexico City. On March 21, professional golfers will have the opportunity to compete in five spring 2018 Texas events over the next three months.
World Golf Championships – Dell Technologies Match Play – March 21 to 25
The PGA will tee off in the first of two March tournaments in Texas. The Dell Technologies sponsored version of the World Golf Championship will use the match play format. Match play rules add an entertaining level of intensity to each hole.
There is a $10,000,000 purse in 2018, and last year’s champion Dustin Johnson will look to repeat. Johnson and a strong field of the world’s highest ranked golfers have already committed to the 2018 event. The WGC Match Play will be held at the Austin Country Club, one of Texas’ most storied golf courses.
The Houston Open – March 29 to April 1
After a small event in the Dominican, the 2018 schedule will shift back to Texas. Houston will welcome the PGA for the first tournament since Hurricane Harvey late last summer. The Houston Open purse is $7,000,000.
Defending champion Russell Henley will try to repeat his tremendous 10-birdie Sunday charge and take home the $1,260,000 winner’s share. The tournament has been on the active PGA spring schedule since 1946, playing at the Golf Club of Houston course since 2003.
The Valero Texas Open – April 19 to 22
Two weeks after the Masters at Augusta, The Tour will head back to Texas. This time the circuit visits the TPC San Antonio. A $6,000,000 purse will available to the field as they tee off from the AT&T Oaks course.
Last year Kevin Chappell earned his first PGA tournament win, netting him over a million dollar payday. Fans can follow day-to-day events leading up to the first tee and secure tickets visiting Valero Open Essential Guide page. The Valero Texas Open will begin with a field of 156 golfers and net 500 FedExCup points to the eventual 2018 winner.
AT&T Byron Nelson – May 17 to 20
One week after the TPC at Sawgrass, the PGA will shift once again back to Texas. The Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas will be the site of the AT&T Byron Nelson. The final round excitement of last year’s event will be hard to top. However, this tournament is known for ending in playoff intensity.
Billy Horschel defeated Australia’s Jason Day by literally inches to win in the 21st such sudden death extension of the final hole. A strong field is expected again in 2018, with the winner taking home over a million dollars of the nearly $8 million prize purse.
Dean & Deluca Invitational – May 24 to 27
The PGA will visit the Lone Star State one more time during the 2018 schedule. Another $7,000,000 purse will be available as the best golfers in the world stop in Fort Worth, Texas. The 2018 Dean & Deluca Invitational will be held at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth.
Kevin Kisner held off a tremendous Sunday charge by the 3rd ranked golfer in the world, Jordan Spieth. Spieth fell one shot shy of Kisner’s 10-under-par four day total. This will be an important event, less than three weeks prior to the year’s second major tournament, the US Open in Southampton, New York.
Each of the spring PGA tournaments in Texas has a winner’s prize of over a million dollars, so competition will be intense. The pair of March events will certainly have a talented field as the pros prepare for Augusta in April.
Players will visit Texas once in mid-April, and then two more times in May. This spring, the Lone Star State will welcome the best golfers in the world more times than anywhere else. With five tournaments in a three-month span, golf fans have a number of opportunities to see their favorite players in Texas this coming spring.