The Quicken Loans National, hosted by Tiger Woods and typically held at courses near Washington, D.C., is switching dates, moving from around July 4 to the week of July 27-August 2. It will be followed by the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and then the PGA Championship.
What that means for Woods, assuming he is able to play a full schedule next season, is that instead of playing two weeks in a row at the WGC Bridgestone and PGA, he will play three.
It will be interesting to see how many other golfers come away from the British Open ready to play three in a row. It will also be interesting to see how many skip the Canadian Open, which keeps its position the week following the British Open.
“After the successful debut of our wraparound schedule this season, we have another very strong schedule for 2014-2015 that will provide excitement for our fans and additional playing opportunities for our members,” said PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem.
Other scheduling news features the previously announced move of the WGC Match Play to TPC Harding Park. The Match Play will be held the week before The Players. The Wells Fargo Championship, which had been prior to The Players, moves to the week after it.
"We are excited about the Match Play Championship being played at TPC Harding Park," Finchem added, noting the enthusiasm of golf fans in San Francisco in past seasons.
The remaining two Texas tournaments, the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial (May 18-24) and AT&T Byron Nelson Championship (May 25-31), rotate weeks but follow Wells Fargo.
A new event will be added to the schedule, to be played the same week as the British Open. It is the Barbasol Championship, which will be held at the Robert Trent Jones Trail’s Grand National Lake Course near Opelika, Alabama.
An event that returns after a one-year absence is the Sanderson Farms, to be played in November opposite the HSBC-WGC Champions.
“We look forward to the return of the Sanderson Farms Championship and are very pleased to welcome the Barbasol Championship to the PGA Tour," Finchem said.
The regular season for 2014-15 PGA Tour Schedule will begin October 6 with the Frys.com at Silverado in Napa, California. The regular season will conclude with the Wyndham Championship on August 23 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The FedExCup Playoffs begin the following week, starting August 27 with The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club in New Jersey, followed by Deutsche Bank outside Boston. Then there is a one-week break.
The third Playoff event, the BMW Championship, returns to Conway Farms outside of Chicago in mid-September. The Playoffs conclude with the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
Then the Presidents Cup will be held in South Korea the week of October 5-11, 2015, at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea with teams from the U.S. PGA Tour facing the International Team, which includes players from all countries except those qualified for Ryder Cup play.
In total, there will be 47 FedExCup tournaments, plus the World Challenge. No doubt there will be a return of the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge and some other November/ December events, but they are not listed on the official calendar. The official season breaks from November 16 in 2014 to January 5 in 2015.
Although it is not on the official schedule for 2013-2014 or 2014-2015, the World Challenge, Tiger Woods' limited-field event, will be held December 1-7, 2014. The tournament moved from Sherwood Country Club outside Los Angeles to Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Orlando, owned by the Tavistock Group.
Major sites for 2015 are as follows: The U.S. Open will be held at Chambers Bay, a public course in Washington; The British Open returns to The Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland; and The PGA Championship travels to Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.
Kathy Bissell is a Golf Writer for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand or from official interview materials from the USGA, PGA Tour, R&A or PGA of America.
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