When 2019 rolls around on the PGA Tour, things are going to have a significantly different look.
The Tour’s revamped 2018-19 schedule announced today will feature the Players Championship in March, the PGA Championship in May, only three FedEx Cup playoff events (down from four) and two new tournaments.
The changes were anticipated, as details of the new schedule had filtered out in recent weeks. It reinforces the Tour’s determination to complete its schedule before football season begins to dominate the American sports landscape.
The 2018-19 season will culminate with the Tour Championship in Atlanta, which is scheduled to conclude on Aug. 25, one week before the Labor Day weekend.
The changes end the wraparound season approximately one month earlier than the season has concluded in the FedEx Cup playoff era.
Beginning next year, the FedEx Cup playoffs will start with the Northern Trust at Liberty National, Aug. 5-11; followed by the BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club near Chicago, Aug. 12-18; with the Tour Championship remaining at East Lake Country Club in 2019.
It’s expected that the Northern Trust and the BMW Championship will continue to rotate sites in the future, though it is possible the title sponsor of one event could change.
The two new events are the Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Country Club, June 24-30; and the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities.
In 2019, the Tour will again have a four-week Florida swing that will begin with the Honda Classic in late March followed by the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Players Championship and the Valspar Championship.
The PGA Championship at Bethpage Black will be played May 13-19, five weeks after the Masters and four weeks before the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. The RBC Canadian Open will step into the week before the U.S. Open.
The new WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational will be played July 22-28, immediately following the Open Championship, which is at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland next year.
The 2018-19 season will begin Oct. 1-7 at the Safeway Classic and include eight events before taking an extended break following the RSM Classic, which ends Nov. 18. The Tour will resume at the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua the first week of January.
Two events – the Houston Open and A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier – will be added to the fall portion of the 2019-20 schedule.
“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,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said in a media release. “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 FedEx Cup Playoffs no longer have the challenge of sharing the stage with college and professional football. This will enhance the visibility of the FedEx Cup Playoffs and overall fan engagement with the PGA Tour and the game as a whole.”
2018-19 PGA TOUR SCHEDULE
Oct. 1-7: Safeway Open
Oct. 8-14: CIMB Classic
Oct. 15-21: The CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges
Oct. 22-28: WGC-HSBC Championship
Oct. 22-28: Sanderson Farms Championship
Oct. 29-Nov. 4: Shriners Hospital For Children Open
Nov. 5-11: Mayakoba Golf Classic
Nov. 12-18: RSM Classic
Dec. 31-Jan. 6: Sentry Tournament of Champions
Jan. 7-13: Sony Open in Hawaii
Jan. 14-20: CareerBuilder Challenge
Jan. 21-27: Farmers Insurance Open
Jan. 28-Feb. 3: Waste Management Phoenix Open
Feb. 4-10: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Feb. 11-17: Genesis Open
Feb. 18-24: WGC-Mexico Championship
Feb. 18-24: Puerto Rico Open
Feb. 25-Mar. 3: Honda Classic
Mar. 4-10: Arnold Palmer Invitational
Mar. 11-17: Players Championship
Mar. 18-24: Valspar Championship
Mar. 25-31: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play
Mar. 25-31: Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship
Apr. 1-7: Valero Texas Open
Apr. 8-14: Masters Tournament
Apr. 15-21: RBC Heritage
Apr. 22-28: Zurich Classic of New Orleans
Apr. 29-May 5: Wells Fargo Championship
May 6-12: AT&T Byron Nelson
May 13-19: PGA Championship
May 20-26: Charles Schwab Challenge
May 27-June 2: Memorial Tournament
June 3-9: RBC Canadian Open
June 10-16: U.S. Open
June 17-23: Travelers Championship
June 24-30: Rocket Mortgage Classic
July 1-7: 3M Open
July 8-14: John Deere Classic
July 15-21: The Open Championship
July 15-21: Barbasol Championship
July 22-28: WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational
July 22-28: Reno-Tahoe Open
July 29-Aug. 4: Wyndham Championship
Aug. 5-11: Northern Trust
Aug. 12-18: BMW Championship
Aug. 19-25: Tour Championship