Just say no to July 4: CanOpen dream date goes south

This just came across the wire from the PGA Tour — the July 4 weekend tournament opened up by the end of the International in Colorado has been picked up by a new event in Washington. And to placate Tiger Woods and co. who were apparently very unhappy with the treatment his Target event has received, this one will be done in conjunction with the Tiger Woods Foundation.

More bad news for the Canadian Open…. and notice the reference below to a “very strong title sponsor.”

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL – The PGA TOUR, in conjunction with the Tiger Woods Foundation, announced today that the TOUR will return to Washington, D.C. as a result of the two organizations reaching a long-term agreement to create a new PGA TOUR event in the nations capital, beginning in July, 2007.

The new tournament will be held the week of July 2-8 with the Tiger Woods Foundation serving as the event’s host organization and primary charitable beneficiary. A press conference is scheduled for March 7 in Washington, D.C. where PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem and Tiger Woods will announce further details of the tournament, including the title sponsor, total purse, and the charitable vision for the event.

“After an extensive search, we are very excited about our partnership with the Tiger Woods Foundation to bring a PGA TOUR event back to our nations capital over the 4th of July holiday celebration,” Finchem said. “We are delighted to be able to work with Tiger and his Foundation, and I look forward to joining him on March 7 to announce a very strong title sponsor and additional details of the tournament.”

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