PGA Tour schedule for 2013 reflects year of change
Give the PGA Tour credit for pulling off something for which tens of millions would love to know the secret. It has taken on a slimmer and trimmer appearance without actually losing anything.
Whereas the Tour’s 2012 schedule included 47 tournaments, the official announcement of what’s ahead in 2013 shows 40.
But hold off on that economic doomsday rhetoric, because there hasn’t been a mass defection of sponsors. All the parts are in place; there’s simply been a new way to allocate things because of the Tour’s commitment to a change. What sits at the bottom of the 2012 schedule – the Fall Series and overseas co-sanctioned tournaments – aren’t reflected on the 2013 plan. That’s because they will sit at the top of the 2014 schedule, to tee off in October of 2013.
Confusing? Not really, although it will be interesting to see if players adjust their 2013 schedule knowing that the 2014 season will commence just three weeks after the Tour Championship closes out the 2013 schedule.
The 2013 schedule will get under way Jan. 4-7 with the annual Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the Kapaula Resort on the island of Maui. Some of the highlights of what will follow on the 36-tournament FedEx Cup portion of the schedule:
- Missing from the 2013 schedule is the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Cancun, which for the past five seasons has been opposite the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship. But Mayakoba hasn’t gone away; instead, it will be pushed to the fall, presumably Nov. 21-24, and be the sixth or seventh tournament on the 2014 schedule.
- Opposite-field events are still in place for the Puerto Rico Open (March 7-10), True South Classic (July 18-21) and Reno-Tahoe Open (Aug. 1-4). Winners of these tournaments will receive 300 FedEx Cup points, up from 250.
- The Farmers Insurance Classic at Torrey Pines will be held Jan. 24-27, but it will not be opposite the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, which for a second year in a row will feature headliners Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. (Woods has won six times at Torrey Pines, but skipped it a year ago to play Abu Dhabi.) This year, Abu Dhabi will be opposite the Humana Challenge (Jan. 17-20).
- The Farmers will be up against the European stop in Qatar, however.
- The final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open (Jan. 31-Feb. 3) will again fall on the same day as the Super Bowl, though miles apart. (The Super Bowl will be in New Orleans.) The European Tour that week will be in Dubai, the last of three strong events in the Middle East.
- One would have to think that March 7-10 will be a celebratory occasion for one Donald John Trump Sr. Not only will the Puerto Rico Open be played at Trump International, but the WGC Cadillac Championship will again be staged at the famed Doral Golf Resort & Spa, which is now owned by “The Donald.” (It is expected that within days of the final putt, the Blue Monster will be shut down and re-done by Gil Hanse.)
- Though there is not yet an official sponsor, the Tampa Bay Championship (March 14-17) is still a go, to be played again at the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla.
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