PGA Tour says so long to Milwaukee…for now
Hello world. Those were the two words that came out of Tiger Woods’ mouth back in 1996 at the Great Milwaukee Open, officially signaling the start of his professional career. Since that very day, Woods has gone on to have an illustrious career, one that, based on his current form, could have him sitting at the top of the the golf pyramid when it’s all said and done.
Woods has improved by leaps and bounds since that fateful summer day back in August of 1996. The U.S. Bank Championship (known as the Great Milwaukee Open before 2004), however, hasn’t fared so well.
Earlier today, the event announced what many were expecting: it was no longer going to be an event on the tour schedule after this year. The economy turned the event into another tour casualty.
“Upon receiving notification from U.S. Bank earlier this year of its decision not to continue title sponsorship of Milwaukee’s PGA Tour event after 2009, the Tour and Milwaukee Golf Charities initiated a search for a new title sponsor. Unfortunately, their efforts to this point have not been successful,” the statement read.
“The Tour remains interested in having a tournament presence in Wisconsin and will continue to explore opportunities in the future.”
While Milwaukee may shed a tear for the event, they shouldn’t give up hope of the event ever returning to the area. Tour players Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly, both of whom are from Wisconsin, are rumored to be in the midst of sealing a deal with a sponsor for the future.
With the tour set to announce their scheudule for next year in the coming weeks, one would imagine a return to the tour schedule for the Milwaukee event wouldn’t come until the 2011 season. Regardless, it’s good to know there’s still a chance it could come back.