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The Motor City Open was a PGA Tour event played at various clubs in and around Detroit for just under two decades. The PGA Tour record for the longest sudden-death playoff was established at the 1949 Motor City Open. Cary Middlecoff and Lloyd Mangrum played 11 holes at Meadowbrook Country Club in Northville, Michigan and were still stalemated when darkness arrived. Tournament officials, with their mutual consent, declared them co-winners.[1][2]

In 1955, the Motor City Open was originally to be played at Meadowbrook Country Club. This was abandoned however, when Meadowbrook CC professional, Chick Harbert, won the PGA Championship in 1954. Meadowbrook petitioned for and won the opportunity to host the 1955 PGA Championship. Due to this development, the Motor City Open was not held in 1955. This is the only time that a defending champion of a major championship has hosted the tournament the following year.

A new successor tournament is expected in 2019 at Detroit Golf Club in the city, to be sponsored by Quicken Loans, replacing The National in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Tournament hostsEdit


this list is possibly incomplete before 1948


  1. ^ "World Golf Hall of Fame Cary Middlecoff bio". Retrieved 2007-11-05.
  2. ^ "Longest Sudden-Death Playoffs". Retrieved 2007-11-05.