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PGA Tour Schedule Will Look Similar Next Year, Stay At 41 Events

PGA Tour officials indicated that the '12 schedule “will look much like this year’s, with 41 events,” according to Alex Miceli of GOLFWEEK. The Tour is expected “to release the schedule, including the Fall Series, later this year.” Among the notable changes, the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island "will return to its traditional spot the week after the Masters.” The Texas events “will flip dates, with the HP Byron Nelson Championship preceding the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.” That means Colonial “will draw the short straw and go up against” the BMW Championship in Europe, the date Nelson had in ’11. In addition, there will be an “off week after" the third FedExCup event (GOLFWEEK, 9/2 issue).

COMING TO AMERICA: GOLFWEEK's Forecaddie reports LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan “shared a tentative 2012 LPGA schedule at a players meeting in Portland, Ore., two weeks ago," and many players were “surprised to see so many domestic possibilities on the board.” The LPGA reportedly "is working hard to bring Hawaii back on the schedule in early March.” In addition, Danville, Calif., officials "are hopeful to resurrect their event at Blackhawk Country Club.” There also is potential “to return to Corning, N.Y." But Corning Classic President Jack Benjamin said he does not see that happening "for the foreseeable future.” Benjamin: “We’re in a holding pattern” (GOLFWEEK, 9/2 issue).

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