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The PGA Champions Tour will hold its Players Championship at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm from October 7th through the 10th.
Matt Bush
The PGA Champions Tour will hold its Players Championship at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm from October 7th through the 10th.

By Matt Bush

Professional golf will return to Montgomery County, Maryland this October; the PGA Champions Tour will hold its Player's Championship at the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm.

When the course was known as TPC Avenel, golfers disliked its design so much they refused to play it. Famed golfer Greg Norman said one hole on the course should have been blown up with dynamite. So it closed in 2007 and reopened last year.

Michael Sullivan is TPC Potomac's general manager, and says their renovations focused on stopping the flooding that plagued the old course.

"We actually restored Rock Run Creek to its original state of how it was 200 to 300 years ago," he says. "We dug test pits, and found Indian burial grounds, and all kinds of remnants. It was a very interesting project. And now we have created natural wetlands."

Sullivan says the environmental changes won them a certification from the National Audobon Society.

Montgomery County leaders say the Players Championship will bring up to $20 million to the county.

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