PGA Tour overhauls 2018-19 scheduleField Level Media
July 10. 2018 8:59PM
The PGA Tour announced Tuesday an overhaul to its 2018-19 season schedule in an effort to better cater to fans’ viewership late in the year.
Changes include shortening the FedExCup Playoffs in August from four events to three: The Northern Trust (Aug. 5-11, 125-player field), the BMW Championship (Aug. 12-18, 70 players) and the Tour Championship (Aug. 19-25, 30 players).
The 2018 FedExCup Playoffs will begin in late August and run through Sept. 23, when college football and the NFL are in full swing.
“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 FedExCup Playoffs no longer have the challenge of sharing the stage with college and professional football,” said PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan in a statement. “This will enhance the visibility of the FedExCup Playoffs and overall fan engagement with the PGA Tour and the game as a whole.”
TPC Boston will continue to serve as a playoff site every other year, alternating with the New York City area as host of The Northern Trust beginning in 2020.
The dates for two new tournaments also were announced. The Rocket Mortgage Classic will take place June 24-30 and mark the first PGA Tour tournament to be held in the city of Detroit, while the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities will be held July 1-7.
and will be the first PGA Tour Champions tourney to transition to the PGA Tour.
Other changes include The Players Championship moving from May to March and the PGA Championship moving from August to May. The RBC Canadian Open moves from late July to early June, and the Puerto Rico Open returns to the schedule in February after being canceled this year in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
The Houston Open and A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier next will be played during the 2019-20 season and are moving to the fall.