5 big changes in the 2019 PGA Tour schedule

Rex Christensen
July 11, 2018

The PGA TOUR announced its 2018-19 schedule on Tuesday, with the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational set to be contested from July 25-28, 2019, at TPC Southwind. Top players then go straight to Tennessee for the FedEx Cup Invitational, a World Golf Championship in Memphis that replaces the event held at Firestone in Ohio.

It marks the first time the PGA Tour has hosted a tournament in Detroit's city limits and will be the first PGA event in the state since the defunct Buick Open at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc 1958-2009.

The US PGA Championship has been moved from August to May as part of a revamp which will see the PGA Tour season end before the start of the National Football League campaign.

Houston and Greenbrier are to return to the fall portion of the schedule in 2019.

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The three playoff events are The Northern Trust at Liberty National in New Jersey; the BMW Championship at Medinah outside Chicago; and the Tour Championship, which will be August 22-25 at East Lake in Atlanta. Dubbed the Aon Risk Reward Challenge, the competition will award a player with the best cumulative score on "the most strategically challenging holes across both the PGA Tour and LPGA schedules" next season. The TPC Boston, meanwhile, will rotate with a New York-area course every other year for the opening FedEx Cup playoff event. The move was originally announced past year. "This will enhance the visibility of the FedEx Cup playoffs and overall fan engagement with the PGA Tour and the game as a whole".

From next year the PGA Championship, traditionally the golf season's final major, will follow the US Masters. Puerto Rico is slotted for February 18-24, the same week as the WGC-Mexico Championship. The Detroit stop is wedged near the midway point between the U.S. Open and the British Open.

While The Open, to be played at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland next year, becomes the last of the four majors, it will be a mad dash to the finish for PGA Tour players. It is one of two new events in rotation for the tour next season.

Still to be determined is when the new fall schedule will begin in 2019 and how many tournaments will be part of it.

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