Detroit Golf Club members approve pursuing PGA Tour event

Lynn Henning

The PGA Tour’s return to Metro Detroit came closer to becoming official after Detroit Golf Club members approved go-ahead plans for an event likely to be played in June 2019.

DGC members, by a 248 to 20 vote, have allowed their board of directors to pursue plans with the Tour, according to an email to membership obtained by The Detroit News.

It had been reported by The Detroit News that an event, sponsored by Quicken Loans and its founder, Dan Gilbert, is likely for the end of June, 2019. It is probable the DGC tournament will be played June 27-30, 2019, replacing The National, which this year will be played over the corresponding weekend at Potomac, Md.

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Quicken will be the title sponsor for the Detroit tournament, as it was from 2014-17 for The National tournament. Once the Detroit deal is signed by Quicken and the PGA Tour, a contract clause will trigger that will make Quicken the title sponsor of this year's National, which currently is without a title sponsor.

Title sponsors pay $10 million or more per year, with that money going toward prize money, TV networks and charities. The Quicken Loans Foundation will be the official charity of the tournament in Detroit. The Tiger Woods Foundation is the official charity of The National. It's not yet clear if Woods will be a partner with the Detroit stop, as he has been at The National.

The PGA Tour has not had a Michigan stop since 2009, the last year in which the Buick Open was played at Warwick Hills Country Club in Grand Blanc. The Tour has never had a Detroit venue on its calendar.

There has yet to be a formal announcement by the Tour and DGC of next year’s event. But with the membership’s endorsement, official plans have moved closer to finality.