The PGA Tour announced its 2013 schedule today. The biggest change for next season is that the 2014 season will begin immediately after the Tour Championship.
The second biggest is that there will be a one week break after the first two FedEx Playoff events and then an additional one week break after the Tour Championship and before the Presidents Cup. It would be easy to guess that this is a result of players like Jason Dufner and Sergio Garcia taking one week off during the Playoffs to rest for The Ryder Cup.
Because the Masters ends this year on April 14th, the Valero Texas Open moves to the week prior to the Masters. The Heritage will be the week after.
The Players will end May 12th, Mother’s Day. The US Open ends on Father’s Day, June 16th. The British Open ends July 21st. The PGA Championship, August 11th. FedEx Playoffs begin August 19th with Barclays. The first week off is post Labor Day. Tour Championship concludes September 22nd and The President’s Cup is the last week of September, ending October 3rd.
Once again the Wyndham Championship is the last event for players to earn enough points to be in the playoffs.
The Mayakoba Golf Classic moves from a prior slot opposite the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship to a fall date as part of the beginning to the 2013-2014 FedExCup Season. It will not be played during the winter of 2013.
The Hyundai Tournament of Champions will end on Monday, Jan 7, prior to the BCS Championship game.
The Web.com Tour has replaced Q School as the avenue to the PGA Tour. It was announced today that the Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass will host the final tournament which will determine 50 PGA Tour cards for the subsequent season. The Web.com Tour Championship will be played Sept. 26-29.
According to the PGA Tour, the event will have a $1 million purse. Field size is projected to be approximately 144. Golf Channel will provide live coverage all four days.
The three events leading up to the final will be the Hotel Fitness Championship in Fort Wayne, Ind., (Aug. 29 – Sept. 1), the Chiquita Classic in Charlotte, N.C. (Sept. 5-8) and the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in Columbus, Ohio (Sept. 12-15).
The fields for the Web.com Tour Finals will be formed as follows:
- Top-75 money winners off the Web.com Tour money list at the conclusion of the Web.com Tour Regular Season.
- Those who finish 126-200 on the PGA Tour FedExCup points list at the conclusion of the PGA Tour Regular Season.
- Non-members who have earned enough FedExCup points based on their performance on the PGA Tour to place them 126-200 on that points list.
The 50 PGA Tour cards will be awarded as follows:
- The 25 leading money winners on the Web.com Tour will be guaranteed cards at the end of the Regular Season.
- Another 25 cards will go to those players who earn the most cumulative money in the four Finals events.
Kathy Bissell is a Golf Writer for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand or from official interview materials from the USGA, PGA Tour or PGA of America.