New PGA Tour Schedule For '18-19 Beginning To Take Shape
The new PGA Tour schedule "will look very different" when it is officially released, with at least one summer event, the Greenbrier Classic, "supposed to move to the fall" in '19, according to John Feinstein of GOLF DIGEST. There was "talk about moving" the WGC-Dell Match Play in Austin to the fall and "make it the crown jewel of the early season, but the major point of the schedule change is to keep the premier events -- notably the playoffs -- away from the NFL." The Match Play "will stay where it has been -- two weeks prior to the Masters." The WGC-Mexico Championship will follow the Genesis Open in L.A. in order to "attract more players from the end of the West Coast swing as opposed to asking them" to go L.A.-Florida-Mexico. The PGA Championship "will be the third week in May and is likely to come the week after" the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship and the week before the Charles Schwab-sponsored event at Colonial Country Club. The new Quicken Loans-sponsored Detroit event will take the place of The National "two weeks after the U.S. Open." The John Deere Classic is "scheduled to move to the Fourth of July weekend," followed by the RBC Canadian Open as the "lead-in to the British Open." The WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis "goes into Akron’s old post-British Open slot," followed by the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro. The "lone major decision left is Houston or Minneapolis." If Houston "finds a sponsor, it could still get" the pre-British Open slot, although Minneapolis and 3M are "chomping at the bit to take it." If Houston "survives, the events that are apparently going away" are The National and the Dell Technologies Championship in Boston, the second of the four FedExCup Playoffs events (GOLFDIGEST.com, 5/14).