Given the tough economic times, it doesn’t appear that the PGA Tour is suffering much. (Perhaps surprising? Not really.) So, you know, nothing like the cutbacks the LPGA has experienced (though it sounds like their calendar will be more “robust” than people expect).
The PGA Tour’s schedule next season has 37 events — same as 2009 (at least according to my count). Yes, they lost the Buick Open, but that was quickly replaced with the Greenbrier Classic.
Here are some of the uneventful changes/highlights:
- Four events will be held on new courses in 2010
- Two new sponsors — SBS, the Seoul Broadcasting System and The Greenbrier
- The Barclays returns to Ridgewood CC (Hooray! The pros must be relieved given their reviews of the course are the exact opposite from ones of Liberty National.)
- The venues for the majors: The Masters will be played at Augusta (really?). The US Open will be held at Pebble Beach CC, the British Open at St. Andrews and the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.
And, of course, the Tour speculated on Tiger’s schedule, which will likely look similar to what it did in 2007 — the last time he played a full season. He’ll also be looking to end his major “drought,” starting at the Masters in April. Strangely, they forgot to note that he probably won’t play in four straight events and six in seven weeks again like he did this past Aug-Sept. Because, remember, he got tired.