The PGA Tour announcing its revamped schedule on Tuesday with the first ever FedEx St. Jude Invitational set to run from July 25th through the 28th next year, bringing the top 50-60 players in the world to the Bluff City for one of the PGA's 4 World Golf Championship events. On Friday, Executive Tournament Director Habibi Mamone confirmed the tournament's move to the fall. This move will allow the playoffs to finish on August 25, before the start of the college football and NFL seasons.
After months of teasing, the PGA Tour's return to MI got a name, date and confirmation of location Tuesday.
Two new tournaments will be part of the new season, back-to back events to be played in Detroit and Minneapolis in late June and early July. If they play the following week's WGC event in Memphis, golfers are looking at five tournaments in six weeks to end the season. The Open will be followed by the regular season's final event, the Wyndham Championship, before transitioning into the FedExCup Playoffs, which have been shortened to three events.
The FedEx Cup playoffs have been reduced from four events to three, with the opening event alternating between the NY area and Boston.
Behind the tighter schedule was a desire for the tour to complete its season at the Tour Championship before the start of college football and the NFL.
The wraparound season starts October 4-7 with the Safeway Open in Napa, California, one week after the Ryder Cup in France. "The same is true in golf, where players must take calculated risks that improve their performance". Other changes include the FedEx St. Jude Classic taking the place of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational as a World Golf Championship event.
The BMW Championship will be the middle event for the leading 70 players in the FedExCup standings, while TPC Boston will host the Northern Trust on alternate years from 2020 after the Dell Technologies Championship removed from the schedule.
To accommodate the PGA Championship moving to May, the tour's flagship event, the Players Championship, will return to a March date that it held on the calendar through 2006. The Ryder Cup in 2020 will be September 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
"Beginning with our 10-year extension with FedEx last May and continuing with many recent, long-term title sponsor commitments, as well as new sponsors and host organizations joining the PGA TOUR, our key constituents have validated our vision and the direction for our future", he says.