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SBD/August 8, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
FedExCup Playoffs To Be Played On Consecutive Weeks In '14 For Ryder Cup Break
Published August 8, 2013
THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER? The AP's Doug Ferguson wrote in order to give the PGA Championship a clearer identity, officials should "consider making less money from TV revenue and move it to October." There are only two weeks between the British Open and the PGA this year, and the PGA of America "can do better -- not only for the players, but for the marketing of a major that lags well behind the other three in popularity." The short gap after the British Open "just keeps the PGA Championship from getting the buildup it deserves." October works because "in this global game, it fits the international schedule perfectly." A month after the British Open, the PGA Tour "begins its lucrative FedEx Cup playoffs until the end of September," and a month later, the European Tour "begins its Race to Dubai with a series of tournaments in Asia." In between "would be the final major of the year." For those who "care nothing about golf except for the majors ... this gives them one last event to anticipate in the fall." In Ryder Cup years, the matches "could be played in August instead of a month later" (AP, 8/5).