After the condensed 2013 season, the PGA Tour is changing its schedule from a calendar year to the newly-structured fall start. The Tour released the first six events in the 2013-14 schedule on Monday.
All six tournaments will receive full FedExCup points and be televised on Golf Channel. Three will be held outside the United States, including the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, the week of November 11-17. Previously, this event was opposite of World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in February.
Here’s more from the press release:
The 2013-2014 season will get underway with the Frys.com Open October 10-13 in San Martin, CA, the week following The Presidents Cup 2013. The PGA TOUR then moves to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas October 17-20 before going overseas for two straight weeks.
The CIMB Classic becomes an official PGA TOUR event for the first time and will be held October 24-27 at The MINES Resort & Golf Club in Selangor, Malaysia. That is followed by the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China, November 1-4. As with all official PGA TOUR events, the winners will qualify for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
The PGA TOUR then returns to the U.S. with The McGladrey Classic November 7-10 at Sea Island, GA before ending with the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, which will be contested November 14-17. The official PGA TOUR season then breaks before resuming in January 2014 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
No real surprises — it’s been previously reported (by this site/blog) that the Malaysia event would become an official tournament.
What’s most notably missing from the schedule is the Disney event, which didn’t have a title sponsor.
Alright, here’s a look at the start of the 2013-14 PGA Tour schedule:
7-13 Frys.com Open
14-20 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open GOLF TPC Summerlin
21-27 CIMB Classic
28-3 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions GOLF Sheshan International GC Shanghai, China
4-10 The McGladrey Classic
11-17 OHL Classic at Mayakoba
In case you missed it — because I did since I was on vacation when the 2013 schedule was released — here’s a review of the condensed season and the notable changes:
- The Mayakoba Golf Classic moves from its February slot opposite the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship to its own fall date as part of the beginning to the 2013-2014 FedExCup Season.
- Due to the Masters Tournament concluding on April 14, the Valero Texas Open moves from two weeks after the Masters to immediately before the Masters.
- The off week during the FedExCup Playoffs will fall between the second and third events, the Deutsche Bank Championship (Aug. 30-Sept. 2) and the BMW Championship (Sept. 12-15). Another off week falls between the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and The Presidents Cup, which will be held the week of Sept. 30 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, OH.
- There will be a slight increase in FedExCup points distribution for the three Additional Events scheduled opposite major championships and World Golf Championships – the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com, True South Classic and Reno-Tahoe Open. The winners of these events will earn 300 points, up from 250.
The Tour says the main reason for the change from the calender year to the new format is to try and avoid competing with the NFL season. (Good luck with that!)
As in 2012, the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, HI will conclude on a Monday (Jan. 7), allowing for tournament promotion by NBC and Golf Channel during NFL weekend games. The final round will be aired prior to college football’s Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game. Following the Sony Open in Hawaii (Jan. 10-13), the TOUR moves to the mainland for the traditional West Coast swing over the next six weeks, beginning with the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation in LaQuinta, CA (Jan. 17-20) and concluding with the Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain, AZ (Feb. 20-24).
The TOUR then moves primarily through the Southeast and Texas for 13 straight weeks, beginning with The Honda Classic (Feb. 28-March 3) and running through the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial (May 23-26).
The PGA TOUR schedule continues through the Midwest and Northeast over the next seven weeks, beginning with the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club (May 30-June 2) through the John Deere Classic (July 11-14) in Silvis, IL. The U.S. Open will be contested at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, PA June 13-16.
That leads to the final five-week push to the FedExCup Playoffs, which includes the final two major championships – The Open Championship, July 18-21, at Muirfield in East Lothian, Scotland; and the PGA Championship, Aug. 8-11 at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, NY – as well as the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, Aug. 1-4. The Wyndham Championship concludes the stretch, finalizing the 125-player Playoff field.
The FedExCup Playoffs open Aug. 22-25 with The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Course in New Jersey City, NJ, then shift to the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston and BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club outside of Chicago, before concluding at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.