The Houston Open was not happy in 2018 when the PGA Tour announced that the long-running Texas tournament was kicked off its 2019 schedule, and when it returned for the 2020 campaign, it would be part of the little-watched fall (wrap-around) portion of the schedule.
Tournament organizers reportedly threatened to host a LIV Golf event if it didn’t return to its spring slot.
The tour finally relented and moved the Houston Open back to its old slot as the lead-in to the Masters, starting in 2024.
The Houston Open traditionally played the week before the Masters with the winner getting the final ticket to Augusta.
As part of big schedule changes in 2019, which included moving the PGA to May and the Players to March while shortening the playoffs, the Houston Open was removed completely from the 2018-19 schedule and didn’t return until the fall 2019 as part of the 2020 schedule.
The Houston event will reportedly occupy the open spot on the schedule vacated by the WGC-Dell Match Play in Austin, Texas, which was played for the final time in 2023.
The Houston tournament will continue to be hosted by Memorial Park Golf Course. It will be contested March 28-31, the week before the Masters Tournament. Tony Finau is the defending champion after winning last fall.