Western Amateur likely done in Benton Harbor

On Wednesday, the very best golfers in the country began play in Benton Harbor for the Western Amateur.

But it appears the 38-year relationship between Point O'Woods and the Western will end completely on Sunday.

In February, the WGA said the Western would no longer be an annual event and it would be put into a rotation with other Chicago golf clubs to host the Amateur.

But Wednesday, the WGA announced that the next seven Western Amateurs will be played exclusively in Chicago. It appears there are no current plans to return Point O'Woods.

Point O'Woods first hosted the the Western in 1963 and then again in 1965. It became the permanent home of the tournament beginning in 1971.

Some of the past winners have gone on to become among the all-time best on the PGA Tour including Tiger Woods (1994) and Phil Mickelson (1991).

Stroke play continues on Thursday in Benton Harbor with the tourney switching to match play on Friday. The finals will be Sunday.


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