BOSTON, Mass – With 12 world championships in 17 years, Boston sports fans proudly refer to their hometown as Title Town, and during that sensational run the PGA Tour made an annual stop over Labor Day weekend to TPC Boston from 2003 to 2018, hosting the world’s top players, until it came to an abrupt end this year, leaving New England golf fans peeved and annoyed.
Well that bad karma is getting a temporary fix in 2020 because the PGA TOUR’s biggest names will to return to the greater Boston area next summer when the first event of the FedExCup Playoffs, The Northern Trust, tees off at TPC Boston from August 12-16. This is the first time the tournament will be played in New England as part of a rotation with Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey.
The 2019 FedExCup Champion and PGA TOUR Player of the Year Rory McIlroy has won twice at TPC Boston. His 2012 victory helped him earn Player of the Year Honors that season, and his 2016 win gave him momentum to capture the PGA TOUR’s ultimate prize, the FedExCup.
“I think it’s one of the best-attended and best-supported events of the year,” said McIlroy in a statement. “It’s always a good atmosphere and the guys like to play there.”
Besides McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Justin Thomas, Vijay Singh and Rickie Fowler have won PGA Tour events at TPC Boston.
“The crowds are incredible there, and it’s great sporting town. And TPC is a golf course I like. I’ve played well there over the years.” Tiger Woods, the 2006 winner, said in a statement promoting the event. “Jay Monahan (current PGA Commissioner and Massachusetts native) and I started there in 2003 and we have a huge relationship with Boston and my foundation. Looking forward to going back next summer.
PGA TOUR officials were joined by executives from Northern Trust Corporation, the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation and Fenway Sports Management at Fenway Park last week to launch the start of a new chapter of the PGA TOUR’s history in Boston. In addition to introducing Northern Trust as the event’s title sponsor, The Northern Trust and the PGA TOUR publicly announced a partnership with Fenway Sports Management that will bring reimagined hospitality and fan experiences to the 2020 tournament.
“We are excited to bring The Northern Trust to Boston and kick off the FedExCup Playoffs in such a passionate sports town,” said the tournament’s Executive Director Julie Tyson. “The Boston community has been so welcoming and supportive of the PGA TOUR over the years, and we’re incredibly fortunate to have a partner in Northern Trust that is committed to giving fans in this area an unforgettable experience inside and outside the ropes.”
Northern Trust showed its charitable commitment to the Boston community with Henry Johnson presenting Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy and Boston Red Sox Honorary Chairman Tim Wakefield with a $50,000 check to support the Red Sox Scholars program, a college scholarship and enrichment program. Since the tournament’s inception in 1967, THE NORTHERN TRUST has generated more than $50 million for local charities and community champions like the Red Sox Foundation that are driving year-round change.
Fenway Sports Management, a global sports marketing and sponsorship sales company, owned by John Henry and the Boston Red Sox, will offer corporate hospitality and fan experiences at TPC Boston during tournament week August 12 -16.
“It was a natural fit to partner with THe Northern Trust and the PGA Tour,” said Fenway Sports Management President Mark Lev. “This tournament affords us a special opportunity to capitalize on Boston’s rich sports history and create experiences at the tournament that feel quintessentially Boston. From the business leader looking to entertain clients to the family with young kids, there’s something for everyone, and we’re excited to be a part of the PGA TOUR’s return to this market.”
So sports fans in Title Town got really good news: the top-125 players in the world will descend upon TPC Boston next summer to compete in the premier event of the FedExCup Playoffs, marking the 16th time in PGA TOUR history.
Other than another world title what else could they ask for?