PGA Tour Announces Big Changes To 2019 Schedule

The much-anticipated and delayed release of the 2018-19 PGA Tour schedule was finally announced on Tuesday. The primary objective of the major overhaul was to ensure a more robust and engaging fan experience with at least one marquee event taking place each month from March until September.

“We are extremely pleased with the way the schedule has come together, particularly with the number of changes that were involved and the strength of the partnerships required to achieve this new look,” PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said in the Tour’s release. “It’s been our stated objective for several years to create better sequencing of our tournaments that golf fans around the world can engage in from start to finish. And by concluding at the end of August, the FedEx Cup Playoffs no longer have the challenge of sharing the stage with college and professional football. This will enhance the visibility of the FedEx Cup Playoffs and overall fan engagement with the PGA Tour and the game as a whole.”

Among the big changes to the schedule was the Tour’s flagship event, the Players Championship, moving from its perch in May back to March where the event was held for 30 years prior to 2017. This move is being made to accommodate the PGA Championship, which will now be played in May as the second major championship of the season.

The move to May for the PGA Championship kicks off with the 2019 edition at Bethpage Black, the first of three to be held in the New York City area over the next five years. 

One of the biggest initiatives of Commissioner Monahan was to wrap up the FedEx Cup Playoffs before the NFL football regular season began, which has been accomplished by eliminating one playoff event. The FedEx Cup Playoffs in 2019 will be The Northern Trust (Aug. 8-11) at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J., The BMW Championship (Aug. 15-18) at Medinah in Illinois and the Tour Championship (Aug. 22-25) at East Lake in Atlanta with TPC Boston alternating hosting duties of The Northern Trust every other year. 

Other changes include the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Quicken Loans National and FedEx St. Jude Classic are done for good in their current iterations. The WGC will be moved to Memphis and played the week after the Open Championship. Detroit and Minnesota are getting events; Detroit’s takes the place of the Quicken Loans National and the Minnesota-based 3M Open will take the Greenbrier’s Tour date, with the West Virginia stop moving to the fall to accommodate. The Houston Open will also be held in the fall.

Here’s the complete schedule for 2018-19.  

DATE TOURNAMENT COURSE LOCATION
10/1 – 10/7

Safeway Open

Silverado Resort and Spa (North Course)

Napa, California
10/8 – 10/14 CIMB Classic TPC Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
10/15 – 10/21 THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES Nine Bridges Jeju Island, Korea
10/22 – 10/28 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions Sheshan International Golf Club Shanghai, China
10/22 – 10/28 Sanderson Farms Championship Country Club of Jackson Jackson, Mississippi
10/29 – 11/4 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open TPC Summerlin Las Vegas, Nevada
11/5 – 11/11 Mayakoba Golf Classic El Camaleon Golf Club at the Mayakoba Resort Playa del Carmen, Mexico
11/12 – 11/18 The RSM Classic Sea Island Resort (*Seaside Course, Plantation Course) St. Simons Island, Georgia
BREAK
12/31 – 1/6 Sentry Tournament of Champions Kapalua Resort (The Plantation Course) Kapalua, Hawaii
1/7 – 1/13 Sony Open in Hawaii Waialae Country Club Honolulu, Hawaii
1/14 – 1/20 CareerBuilder Challenge PGA WEST (*Stadium Course, Nicklaus Tournament Course); La Quinta Country Club La Quinta, California
1/21 – 1/27 Farmers Insurance Open Torrey Pines Golf Course (*South Course, North Course) San Diego, California
1/28 – 2/3 Waste Management Phoenix Open  TPC Scottsdale (Stadium Course) Scottsdale, Arizona
2/4 – 2/10 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am *Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Shore Course) Pebble Beach, California
2/11 – 2/17 Genesis Open The Riviera Country Club Pacific Palisades, California
2/18 – 2/24 World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship Club de Golf Chapultepec Mexico City, Mexico
2/18 – 2/24 Puerto Rico Open Coco Beach Golf & Country Club Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
2/25 – 3/3 The Honda Classic PGA National Resort & Spa (The Champion Course) Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
3/4- 3/10 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard Bay Hill Club and Lodge Orlando, Florida
3/11- 3/17 THE PLAYERS Championship TPC Sawgrass (THE PLAYERS Stadium Course) Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
3/18 – 3/24 Valspar Championship Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf and Spa Resort (Copperhead Course) Palm Harbor, Florida
3/25 – 3/31 World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play Austin Country Club Austin, Texas
3/25 – 3/31 Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship Puntacana Resort & Club (Corales Golf Course) Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
4/1 – 4/7 Valero Texas Open TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks Course) San Antonio, Texas
4/8 – 4/14 Masters Tournament # Augusta National Golf Club Augusta, Georgia
4/15 – 4/21 RBC Heritage Harbour Town Golf Links Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
4/22 – 4/28 Zurich Classic of New Orleans TPC Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana
4/29 – 5/5 Wells Fargo Championship Quail Hollow Club Charlotte, North Carolina
5/6 – 5/12 AT&T Byron Nelson Trinity Forest Golf Club Dallas, Texas
5/13 – 5/19 PGA Championship # Bethpage State Park (Black Course) Bethpage, New York
5/20 – 5/26 Charles Schwab Challenge Colonial Country Club Fort Worth, Texas
5/27 – 6/2 the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Muirfield Village Golf Club Dublin, Ohio
6/3 – 6/9 RBC Canadian Open Hamilton Golf & Country Club Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
6/10 – 6/16 U.S. Open # Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach, California
6/17 – 6/23 Travelers Championship TPC River Highlands Cromwell, Connecticut
6/24 – 6/30 Rocket Mortgage Classic Detroit Golf Club Detroit, Michigan
7/1 – 7/7 3M Open TPC Twin Cities Blaine, Minnesota
7/8 – 7/14 John Deere Classic TPC Deere Run Silvis, Illinois
7/15 – 7/21 The Open Championship # Royal Portrush Golf Club Portrush, Northern Ireland
7/15 – 7/21 Barbasol Championship Keene Trace Golf Club (Champions Trace) Nicholasville, Kentucky
7/22 – 7/28 World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational TPC Southwind Memphis, Tennessee
7/22 – 7/28 Reno-Tahoe Tournament Montrêux Golf and Country Club Reno, Nevada
7/29 – 8/4 Wyndham Championship Sedgefield Country Club Greensboro, North Carolina
8/5 – 8/11 THE NORTHERN TRUST

Liberty National Golf Club

Jersey City, New Jersey
8/12 – 8/18 BMW Championship Medinah Country Club (Course No. 3) Medinah, Illinois
8/19 – 8/25 TOUR Championship East Lake Golf Club Atlanta, Georgia

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