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NEWS: PGA Tour Unveils New-Look Schedule For 2018-19 Season

The Players Championship moving to March is one of the key moves of the updated schedule. (Photo: Jasen Vinlove, USA Today Sports)

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.”


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


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