With the PGA Tour’s 2014 calendar set to start in the fall, next year’s Tour Championship will mark the actual end to the playing season.
"While the upcoming season is unique in that our traditional fall tournaments are shifting to the start of the 2013-2014 season, we are very excited about the change that will establish a definitive end to the tour season at the Tour Championship,” commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement announcing the release of the 2013 schedule.
The Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, from January 4-7, will kick off next year’s campaign, which will feature 36 regular-season and four FedEx Cup events. Now, instead of concluding with what has seemed to be a throw-away bunch of Fall Series events, the season will end with the Wyndham Championship in August, after the final major, the PGA Championship.
The schedule includes a few minor tweaks. In addition to the Masters slated for a week later than usual (April 8-April 14), the break during the FedEx Cup series will occur after the Deutsche Bank Championship instead of following the BMW Championship.
Rather than occurring after the third contest, the off-week during the FedEx Cup series will split the four events. That means the top 70 on the points list won’t have to deal with a short week following the Deutsche Bank’s Labor Day Monday finish.
Another off-week will occur between the Tour Championship and the Presidents Cup, which will take place the week of Sept. 30 at Jack Nicklaus’ Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Muirfield will also, as usual, host the May 30-June 2 Memorial Tournament.
Because of the later start for the Masters, the Texas Open will take place a week prior to the Augusta tourney. The Mayakoba Golf Classic will no longer compete with February’s Accenture Match Play Championship; instead, the Mexico event will move to autumn as part of the new wrap-around schedule in which several formerly Fall Series tourneys will start the 2013-2014 season.
The Frys.com Open will likely kick off the season after next. Players in those opening events will also begin to accumulate FedEx Cup points and official earnings that will count toward the upcoming year’s money title and rankings.
There will be some track changes as well. Conway Farms Golf Club outside Chicago will, for the first time, host the BMW Championship. Liberty National Golf Course, which staged The Barclays in 2009, will be back in the rotation for the same event, and the Canadian Open will take place at Glen Abbey Golf Club. The only tourney without a sponsor so far is the Florida-based Tampa Bay Championship, formerly known as the Transitions Championship.
Click here for the full 2013 PGA Tour schedule.