PGA Tour: A Shakeup is Coming to the Schedule
The PGA Tour announced they are changing the tour schedule. This will impact TV and patrons moving forward. The tournaments didn’t get a major shakeup, but it will mostly affect the tournaments heading into the majors. The season will begin as it always does at the beginning of October. It will start as it always does in the beautiful state of Hawaii. Many of the players love this because of the relaxation that the islands of Hawaii bring.
There is also another stop in Hawaii in January in which most of the country is experiencing cooler weather. The Players Championship is still in March, right before the majors begin. The TPC is often called the fifth major. The Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass is set up like the majors. The one local tournament to Floridian, the Valspar Championship, is now the week after the Players. It will be hard to get the major tour players to play right after the Players.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE MAJORS ON THE PGA TOUR?
Indeed, the four majors are the ones that will see the biggest changes. The order in the past has always been: Masters, US Open, Open Championship and then the PGA Championship. With the change now, it will be the Masters, PGA Championship, US Open, and then the Open Championship. This will now have the US Open and Open Championships as the final two majors. These are normally the two that are the toughest setups for the majors. These two also represent the championships for their respected countries. The US Open for the United States and the Open Championship is for the United Kingdom.
The Masters is the only major that stays on the same course every year. The other three move from course to course every year. This will also give some of the northern courses a chance to host a major since it falls during the summer months. Golf has never been known as a wintry weather sport and it is mostly played in Florida and California where it can be played year round. The players seem to have no problem with the change. Golf fans are going to have to readjust to the major schedule, but it should be fun to watch.