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PGA Tour overhauls schedule

PGA Tour overhauls schedule

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10 Jul 2018
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Golf’s PGA Tour has today (Tuesday) revealed details of a revamped tournament schedule for 2018-19, with the season-closing FedEx Cup Playoffs to now comprise three events instead of four.

As a result, next year’s Tour Championship will take place from August 19-25, ensuring the PGA Tour season concludes in time for the start of the American football season in the US.

The two other events that will make up the FedEx Cup Playoffs alongside the Tour Championship are The Northern Trust and the BMW Championship. TPC Boston will continue as a Playoff event every other year, rotating with the New York City area as a host of The Northern Trust from 2020.

Two previously announced tournaments have been added to the regular-season schedule in the shape of the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit and the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Minnesota. The latter becomes the first PGA Tour Champions event to transition to the PGA Tour.

The RBC Canadian Open has also moved from its traditional spot in late July to early June, while the Puerto Rico Open returns to the schedule after this year’s tournament was cancelled due to devastation caused in the region by Hurricane Maria.

As previously announced, the Tour’s flagship Players Championship event will move from May to March, with the PGA Championship, one of the sport’s four major events, moving from August to May. As has also been previously announced, the Houston Open will move from its current April slot to the fall and so will not form part of the 2018-19 schedule. Instead, it will be played at the start of the 2019-20 season.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said: “We are extremely pleased with the way the schedule has come together, particularly with the number of changes that were involved and the strength of the partnerships required to achieve this new look.

“It’s been our stated objective for several years to create better sequencing of our tournaments that golf fans around the world can engage in from start to finish. And by concluding at the end of August, the FedExCup Playoffs no longer have the challenge of sharing the stage with college and professional football. This will enhance the visibility of the FedExCup Playoffs and overall fan engagement with the PGA Tour and the game as a whole.”

Monahan also praised FedEx and the Tour’s other sponsors for the role they played in the formation of the new schedule. “Beginning with our 10-year extension with FedEx last May and continuing with many recent, long-term title sponsor commitments, as well as new sponsors and host organisations joining the PGA Tour, our key constituents have validated our vision and the direction for our future,” he said.

“Our thanks to these tremendous partners for their flexibility and support during this process. We feel strongly that together, we have created a schedule that will heighten interest in all tournaments while further elevating the FedExCup Playoffs.”

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