The PGA Tour will host a new event in Utah beginning in 2024. In an announcement overnight, the tour said it is ending a six-decade hiatus from America’s Beehive State, as the Black Desert Championship is scheduled to launch in the northern autumn of next year.
“We are thrilled to partner with Black Desert Resort in bringing PGA Tour golf to the state of Utah,” PGA Tour president Tyler Dennis stated in a news release. “In introducing the PGA Tour to a new market, we look forward to collaborating with the Black Desert Resort team in their vision for professional golf in the Greater Zion community.”
The Black Desert Resort is located in ivins, Utah, about nine miles west of downtown St George and about 60 kilometres from Zion National Park. The 650-acre resort is part of a $US2 billion development currently under construction.
Additionally, the LPGA is expected to hold an event at the Black Desert Resort in 2025. Both tournaments are expected to be played on the resort’s new course, which opened in May and was designed by the late Tom Weiskopf in collaboration with architect Phil Smith.
The tour last visited Utah in 1963 with the Salt Lake Invitational at Salt Lake Country Club, where Tommy Jacobs was the winner.
Under the tour’s new restructured schedule the ‘fall’ portion of the calendar will be used to determine status for this outside the FedEx Cup top 70.