I fully support the schedule changes coming in 2019. I am all for moving the PGA to May and moving the Tour Championship up in August before labor day/football. The season should be shortened.
With that said, I took my best shot at what my ideal schedule would look like in 2019. I’m sure its flawed but this is a rough draft.
What do you think?
(yes, I am ignoring the fall wrap around tourneys)
Historically (2016/17/18), the tour played 37 tourneys over 38 weeks from Hawaii to East Lake.
(yes, I am ignoring the opposite field events that take place during the WGC’s)
My Proposal calls for 34 tourney over 34 weeks from Hawaii to Tour Championship. The goal is end the weekend before Labor Day/College football.
- I Got rid of:
(1) Career builder in Palm Springs
(2) One Of the Texas tourneys (you pick: Valero/Byron Nelson/Houston)
(3) One of the FedEx cups playoffs (shortened to 3 weeks)
Moved Dell Matchplay in Austin to January
Will they play Pebble Beach pro-am at Pebble even though US open is being played there in 2019? They did 2010.
Moved Mexico up to that it’s the bridge between Riviera and Florida.
TPC Sawgrass now in March
Need a tourney between Florida and Masters. No reason to go to Texas the week before. Shoal Creek? South Carolina?
Between Masters and PGA – they head to Texas -> New Orleans -> Carolinas -> PGA Champ. This makes more sense to me. Plus, I think Harbor Town in Hilton Head deserves a better spot. Players love that course/tourney.
Moved WGC Bridgestone into late June. (need something good between US and British Open).
Flipped Wyndam and Canadian Open. Want to give Canadian Open a better position as it should be a bigger deal. Wish I could find a better place for Canadian Open.
Shortened the FedEx Cup playoffs to 3 events in August (top 125 / top 75 / top 32) ending with Tour Championship the weekend before Football/Labor Day. I do support the Tour Championship moving around each year and not staying at East Lake every year.
Its never perfect. You have to leave some “sacrificial lamb” tourney in certain places as players are going to want off weeks (pre/post Masters), Pre/Post US open. Pre/Post Open Championship. Greenbrier over 4th of July. Texas Tourney over Memorial Day before Memorial. You need these lesser tourneys to remain.
|January 1-7||Sentry Tournament of Champions||Hawaii|
|January 8-14||Sony Open in Hawaii||Hawaii|
|January 15-21||Farmers Insurance Open||San Diego|
|January 22-28||Waste Management||Arizona|
|Jan 29-Feb 4||WGC Dell Matchplay||Austin||Matchplay|
|February 5-11||AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am||? Will this change b.c of 2019 US Open?|
|February 12-18||Genesis Open||LA|
|February 19-25||World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship||Mexico|
|Feb 26-Mar 4||Honda||Florida||Team event?|
|March 5-11||Arnie Palmer Inv||Florida|
|March 12-18||TPC Sawgrass||Florida|
|March 19-25||Valspar Tampa||Florida|
|Mar 26-Apr 1||NEED TOURNEY||(not Texas or Florida)||Sea Island? S. Carolina? Shoal Creek?|
|April 2-8||Masters Tournament #|
|April 9-15||Byron Nelson/Houston||Texas|
|April 23-29||Zurich Classic of New Orleans||New Orleans||Team format|
|Apr 30- May 6||RBC Heritage||Hilton Head|
|May 7-13||Wells Fargo Championship||Charlotte|
|May 14-20||PGA Championship #||Bethpage Black, NY|
|May 21-27||The “National”||??|
|May 28- Jun 3||the Memorial Tournament|
|June 4-10||FedEx St. Jude Classic||Memphis|
|June 11-17||U.S. Open #||Pebble Beach|
|June 18-24||Travelers Championship||Connecticut|
|Jun 25- Jul 1||WGC-Bridgestone Invitational||Ohio|
|July 2-8||The Greenbrier Classic||West Virginia|
|July 9-15||John Deere Classic|
|July 16-22||The Open Championship #|
|July 23-29||Wyndham Championship|
|Jul 30-Aug 5||RBC Canadian Open|
|August 6-12||Dell Technologies Championship||top 125||Use Michigan here|
|August 13-19||BMW Championship||FEDEX top 75|
|August 22-25||Tour Championship||East Lake (top 32 players)||or move this tourney around?|