Rory McIlroy headed to Napa for 2014 Frys.com Open at Silverado
April 7, 2014
The Napa Valley Register reported that two-time major winner McIlroy will play in this year’s Frys.com Open, slated for Oct. 6-12 on the North Course at Silverado. According to the Register, Frys.com Open president Duke Butler has received a commitment from the Northern Irishman, who is one of the favorites at this week’s Masters.
“We are announcing at this point that Rory McIlroy has (verbally) committed to play and intends to be present for the Frys.com Open at Silverado,” Butler said. “I can state overwhelmingly that this will be the best Frys tournament to date.This tournament in Napa is going to be significantly better than the previous Frys.com Opens, and we expect to exceed everyone’s expectations in Napa Valley.”
The last time McIlroy, 24, competed in Northern California was at the 2012 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club.
Also looking forward to McIlroy’s appearance at the Fry’s is Silverado co-owner and part-time Napa resident Johnny Miller.
“I appreciate Rory joining us at Silverado,” Miller told the Register. “We look forward to introducing my redesign of the North Course to Rory and welcoming him to the new Napa Valley Silverado Country Club and Resort. The Fry’s tournament will be a great opportunity for Northern California golf fans to see Rory in person.”
Looking ahead, the Fry’s field could have some other major names, including Tiger Woods and 2012 U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson. The reason? Back in 2012, McIlroy, Woods, Simpson and five others were granted a release from the PGA Tour schedule to play in the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final. According to Frys.com Open tournament director Jeff Sanchez, they all are obligated to play in the Fry’s at least once between 2013 and 2015. None of those players participated in last year’s Fry’s.
The PGA Tour’s season-opening tournament had been played at CordeValle GC in Morgan Hill since 2010.
Miller invited tournament officials to Silverado after the four-year contract with CordeValle expired in 2013. The tournament has options for similar dates in 2015 and 2016 at Silverado.
Fry’s officials eventually plan to use the Institute, an ultra-private Morgan Hill course owned by John Fry. But construction delays in building the Institute’s clubhouse – chiefly a PG&E gas line beneath the course – will most likely prevent the tournament from moving there until at least 2016.