With the 2011 season-opener Hyundai Tournament of Champions just around the corner, the PGA Tour announced the 2011 schedule a month later than last year. But now we see the reason for the delay — the Tour picked up five (or six or seven, depending which report you believe) new title sponsorships and five new venues. Overall, the 2011 schedule look very similar to 2010 and affords approximately the same amount of prize money. There are 45 events that count toward official money.
*FedEx returns as title sponsor of the St. Jude Classic and the Tour is negotiating a multiyear sponsorship agreement with the company.
*Other new sponsors: Hyundai Tournament of Champions and WGC-Cadillac Championship. Nationwide will be the presenting sponsor of the Memorial Tournament. seepuertorico.com will sign as the presenting sponsor of the Puerto Rico Open.
*Two tournaments do not have sponsors still — the Bob Hope Classic and the Heritage at Hilton Head.
*The Fall Series will consist of four events instead of five. With Turning Stone gone, the Viking Classic will move to the week opposite the British Open. The Tour will also play Disney before its two-week swing in Asia. In the past, Disney was contested the week after the HSBC Champions in Shanghai. I can’t believe it — this is all so logical!
*The Accenture Match Play Championship will now feature a 18-hole final match rather than a 36-hole.
*The Tour will have a week off in September during the FedEx Cup playoffs, but this year it will occur after the second tournament instead of after the third. Again, so logical — and one that players have lobbied for the past two years .
Here’s the full schedule:
Jan. 6-9 — Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Plantation Course, Kapalua, Hawaii
Jan. 13-16 — Sony Open, Waialae CC, Honolulu
Jan. 19-23 — Bob Hope Classic, PGA West (Palmer Private, Nicklaus Private), La Quinta CC, SilverRock Resort, La Quinta, Calif.
Jan. 27-30 — Farmers Insurance Open, Torrey Pines GC (North and South), San Diego
Feb. 3-6 — Waste Management Phoenix Open, TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Feb. 10-13 — AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, Monterey Peninsula (Shore Course), Pebble Beach, Calif.
Feb. 17-20 — Northern Trust Open, Riviera CC, Los Angeles
Feb. 23-27 — WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Ritz-Carlton GC at Dove Mountain, Marana, Ariz.
Feb. 24-27 — Mayakoba Golf Classic, El Camaleon GC, Maya, Mexico
March 3-6 — Honda Classic, PGA National GC, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
March 10-13 — WGC-Cadillac Championship, TPC Blue Monster at Doral, Doral, Fla.
March 10-13 — Puerto Rico Open, Trump International GC, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
March 17-20 — Transitions Championship, Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead Course), Palm Harbor, Fla.
March 24-27 — Arnold Palmer Invitational, Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Fla.
March 31-April 3 — Shell Houston Open, Redstone GC (Tournament Course), Houston
April 7-10 — Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC, Augusta, Ga.
April 14-17 — Valero Texas Open, TPC San Antonio, San Antonio
April 21-24 — The Heritage, Harbourtown Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, S.C.
April 28-May 1 — Zurich Classic, TPC Louisiana, New Orleans
May 5-8 — Wells Fargo Championship, Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C.
May 12-15 — The Players Championship, TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium Course), Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
May 19-22 — Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas
May 26-29 — HP Byron Nelson Championship, TPC Four Seasons Resort, Las Colinas, Texas
June 2-5 — Memorial Tournament, Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio
June 9-12 — FedEx St. Jude Classic, TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tenn.
June 16-19 — U.S. Open, Congressional CC, Bethesda, Md.
June 23-26 — Travelers Championship, TPC River Highlands, Hartford, Conn.
June 30-July 3 — AT&T National, Aronomink GC, Newton Square, Pa.
July 7-10 — John Deere Classic, TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Ill.
July 14-17 — British Open, Royal St. George’s, Sandwich, England
July 14-17 — Viking Classic, Annandale GC, Madison, Miss.
July 21-24 — RBC Canadian Open, Shaughnessy G&CC, Vancouver, British Columbia
July 28-31 — The Greenbrier Classic, The Old White Course, Greenbrier, W.Va.
Aug. 4-7 — WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Firestone CC (South Course), Akron, Ohio
Aug. 4-7 — Reno-Tahoe Open, Montreaux Golf & CC, Reno, Nev.
Aug. 11-14 — PGA Championship, Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands Course), Johns Creek, Ga.
Aug. 18-21 — Wyndham Championship, Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, N.C.
Aug. 25-28 — The Barclays, Plainfield CC, Edison, N.J.
Sept. 2-5 — Deutsche Bank Championship, TPC Boston, Norton, Mass.
Sept. 15-18 — BMW Championship, Cog Hill Golf & CC (Dubsdread Course), Lemont, Ill.
Sept. 22-25 — Tour Championship, East Lake GC, Atlanta
Sept. 29-Oct. 2 — Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open, TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas
Oct. 6-9 — Frys.com Open, CordeValle GC, San Martin, Calif.
Oct. 13-16 — The McGladrey Classic, Sea Island Resort (Seaside Course), St. Simons Island, Ga.
Oct. 20-23 — Children’s Miracle Network Classic, Walt Disney World Resort (Magnolia, Palm), Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Oct. 27-30 — CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, The Mines Resort & GC, Selangor, Malaysia
Nov. 3-6 — WGC-HSBC Champions, Sheshan International GC, Shanghai
Nov. 17-20 — The Presidents Cup, Royal Melbourne GC, Melbourne, Australia
Nov. 24-27 — Omega Missions Hills World Cup, Mission Hills Resort Hainan (Blackstone Course), Hainan Island, China