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Final Buick Open?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by TwoGloves, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. TwoGloves

    TwoGloves Well-Known Member

    Sure sounds like it. No big surprise given the mess GM has made of things

  2. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    No surprise that Buick is backing out. A company in bankruptcy has no business spending millions on sports sponsorships.

    But can they not find another sponsor and keep the tournament in the same location?
  3. TwoGloves

    TwoGloves Well-Known Member

    According to Pernice's quotes, the answer is no. I bet they move out of Michigan entirely.
  4. crusoes

    crusoes Active Member

    As usual, the comments are hilarious.
  5. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Nice move by Tiger to tee it up.
  6. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Like this one?

    "The tournament is coming back next year. It's going to be called the "Red Star, Sickle and Hammer Socialist Golfathon. Anyone with proof of welfare gets in free."
  7. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    In Michigan, that might set Tour records for attendance.
  8. Knighthawk

    Knighthawk Member

    I suspect they'll move it out of Michigan entirely, which will complete the destruction of the state's presence on the pro tour. It was only a few years ago that we had a LPGA Tour event, two Champions Tour events - including a "major" - and a PGA Tour event. Add in an USAm, Ryder Cup and a PGA Championship at Oakland Hills, and we've had plenty to cover.

    Now? Nothing. :-[
  9. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    We'll always have the Michigan Open....
  10. D-3 Fan

    D-3 Fan Active Member

    I'm hearing talk that John Deere will pull their sponsorship after 2010. If they do, the Quad Cities will not see pro golf there ever again. It would be a boon for Des Moines to grab it, but Principal would rather keep funding their event with the Senior Tour, despite laying off 500+ employees, and Glen Oaks course going into foreclosure this past Friday.
  11. TwoGloves

    TwoGloves Well-Known Member

    Except it's no longer in Traverse City.
  12. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member

    I've heard that the JDC could go either way. While Deere is certainly doing better than GM financially, they've had a few layoffs this year, too.

    The other endangered Midwest tourney, of course, is the Greater Milwaukee Open. And with the "Western Open" basically being rotated around between two or three sites in the fall these days, the pickins' for a Midwestern PGA tourney are getting pretty slim.
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