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PGA Tour Releases 2013 Schedule
The PGA Tour announced its 2013 schedule in a Monday press release. The season includes 36 regular season tournaments and the four FedEx Cup Playoff events, concluding with the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola September 19-22.
Notable changes to the 2013 schedule include:
• The Mayakoba Golf Classic moves from its February slot opposite the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship to its own fall date in the beginning of the 2013-14 FedEx Cup 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 FedEx Cup Playoffs will fall between the second and third events, the Deutsche Bank Championship (August 30-September 2) and the BMW Championship (September 12-15). Another off-week falls between the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola and the Presidents Cup, which will be held the week of September 30 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.
• Also in 2013, there will be a slight increase in FedEx Cup 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.
"We are extremely pleased with the continued stability and strength of the PGA Tour schedule," Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said. "While the upcoming season is unique in that our traditional fall tournaments are shifting to the start of the 2013-2014 season we are very excited about the upcoming change that will establish a definitive end to the PGA Tour season at the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola."
As in 2012, the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, Hawaii, will conclude on a Monday (January 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 (January 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, Calif., (January 17-20) and concluding with the Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain, Ariz., (February 20-24).
The Tour then moves primarily through the Southeast and Texas for 13 straight weeks, beginning with the Honda Classic (February 28-March 3) and running through the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial (May 23-26).
The PGA Tour schedule heads to 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, Ill. 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 of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, which includes the final two major championships - the Open Championship, July 18-21, at Muirfield in East Lothian, Scotland; and the PGA Championship, August 8-11 at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., - as well as the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, August 1-4. The Wyndham Championship concludes the stretch, finalizing the 125-player Playoff field.
The FedEx Cup Playoffs open August 22-25 with The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Course in New Jersey City, N.J., 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 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
Complete 2013 PGA Tour Schedule
January 4-7 - Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Plantation Course, Kapalua, Hawaii
January 10-13 - Sony Open, Waialae CC, Honolulu
January 17-20 - Humana Challenge, PGA West (Palmer Private, Nicklaus Private), La Quinta CC, La Quinta, California
January 24-27 - Farmers Insurance Open, Torrey Pines GC (North and South), San Diego
January 31-Feb. 3 - Waste Management Phoenix Open, TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona
February 7-10 - AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, Monterey Peninsula (Shore Course), Pebble Beach, California
February 14-17 - Northern Trust Open, Riviera CC, Los Angeles
February 20-24 - WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Ritz-Carlton GC at Dove Mountain, Marana, Arizona
February 28-March 3 - Honda Classic, PGA National GC, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
March 7-10 - WGC-Cadillac Championship, TPC Blue Monster at Doral, Doral, Florida
March 7-10 - Puerto Rico Open, Trump International GC, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
March 14-17 - Tampa Bay Championship, Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead Course), Palm Harbor, Florida
March 21-24 - Arnold Palmer Invitational, Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Florida
March 28-31 - Shell Houston Open, Redstone GC (Tournament Course), Houston
April 4-7 - Valero Texas Open, TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks Course), San Antonio
April 11-14 - Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC, Augusta, Georgia
April 18-21 - RBC Heritage, Harbourtown GL, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
April 25-28 - Zurich Classic, TPC Louisiana, New Orleans
May 2-5 - Wells Fargo Championship, Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina
May 9-12 - The Players Championship, TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium Course), Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
May 16-19 - HP Byron Nelson Championship, TPC Four Seasons Resort, Las Colinas, Texas
May 23-26 - Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas
May 30-June 2- Memorial Tournament, Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio
June 6-9 - FedEx St. Jude Classic, TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee
June 13-16 - U.S. Open, Merion GC, Ardmore, Pennsylvania
June 20-23 - Travelers Championship, TPC River Highlands, Hartford, Connecticut
June 27-30 - AT&T National, Congressional CC (Blue Course), Bethesda, Maryland
July 4-7 - The Greenbrier Classic, The Greenbrier (The Old White TPC), White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
July 11-14 - John Deere Classic, TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Illinois
July 18-21 - British Open, Muirfield, Gullane, Scotland
July 18-21 - True South Classic, Annandale GC, Madison, Mississippi
July 25-28 - RBC Canadian Open, Glen Abbey GC, Oakville, Ontario
August 1-4 - WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Firestone CC (South Course), Akron, Ohio
August 1-4 - Reno-Tahoe Open, Montreaux Golf & CC, Reno, Nevada
August 8-13 - PGA Championship, Oak Hill CC, Rochester, New York
August 15-18 - Wyndham Championship, Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, North Carolina
August 22-25 - The Barclays, Liberty National, Jersey City, New Jersey
August 30-Sept. 2 - Deutsche Bank Championship, TPC Boston, Norton, Massachusetts
September 12-15 - BMW Championship, Conway Farms GC, Lake Forest, Illinois
September 19-22 - Tour Championship, East Lake GC, Atlanta
October 3-6 - Presidents Cup, Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio
The above report is courtesy of the PGA Tour. For more information, visit www.pgatour.com.