PGA Tour announces 2014-15 schedule
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The PGA Tour announced today the schedule for its 2014-2015 season, which features 47 FedExCup tournaments. This represents two more than the current season, due to the addition of tournaments conducted the same week as the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in November and The Open Championship in July.
The biggest change in the schedule, as previously announced, is the World Golf Championships-Match Play shifting from February to April 27-May 3, one week prior to THE PLAYERS Championship. That spot in the schedule traditionally has been held by the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C., which for 2015 will be held the week after THE PLAYERS. The two Texas tournaments that immediately follow, the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial (May 18-24) and AT&T Byron Nelson Championship (May 25-31), also switch places in the schedule.
One other significant move is the Quicken Loans National near Washington, D.C., switching from late June to the week of July 27-August 2.
The Match Play’s move to TPC Harding Park in San Francisco also is among several high-profile venue changes, including those for three major championships and two FedExCup Playoff events. The U.S. Open will be held for the first time at Chambers Bay in Washington; The Open Championship will be played at St. Andrews, Scotland, and the PGA Championship will be held at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
The FedExCup Playoffs begin the week of August 24-30 when The Barclays returns to Plainfield Country Club in New Jersey, where it was held in 2011; and the third Playoff event, the BMW Championship, returns to Conway Farms outside of Chicago, where it was contested in 2013.
Finally, the Sanderson Farms Championship returns to the schedule with a new venue after a one-season absence. It will be contested November 3-9 at the Country Club of Jackson (Miss.), the same week as the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. It was last held in July 2013 during the same week as The Open Championship, a slot that will now be occupied by the new Barbasol Championship (July 13-19). The Barbasol Championship debuts at the Robert Trent Jones Trail’s Grand National – Lake Course near Opelika, Ala.
“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. “We look forward to the return of the Sanderson Farms Championship and are very pleased to welcome the Barbasol Championship to the PGA Tour. We are also excited about the Match Play Championship being played at TPC Harding Park before the passionate golf fans in the San Francisco area.”
The 2014-2015 season again opens with the Frys.com Open in Napa., Calif. (October 6-12), and continues with a six-week stretch of domestic and international tournaments into November. After the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas October 13-19) and The McGladrey Classic at Sea Island, Ga., (October 20-26), the Tour heads overseas to the CIMB Classic in Malaysia (October 27-November 2). Following that is the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China before the Tour heads back to the U.S. for the Sanderson Farms Championship. The first portion of the schedule then wraps up with the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, Mexico (November 10-16).
The official season breaks for several weeks before resuming in January with the two-week swing through Hawaii with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui (January 5-12 with a Monday finish) and the Sony Open in Hawaii. The Tour then returns to the mainland with a five-week stretch on the West Coast, starting with the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation in La Quinta, Calif. (January 19-25). Once the West Coast schedule wraps up with the Northern Trust Open in Pacific Palisades, Calif. (February 16-22), the TOUR moves cross-country for the Florida Swing – which includes the second World Golf Championships event of the season, the Cadillac Championship in Miami (March 2-8) – followed by two weeks in Texas with the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio (March 23-29) and the Shell Houston Open (March 30-April 5).
That leads to the first major championship of the year, the Masters Tournament (April 6-12), which is followed by the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head, S.C. (April 13-19), the Zurich Classic of New Orleans (April 20-26) and the stretch through May beginning with the Match Play and THE PLAYERS.
The month of June opens with the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance in Dublin, Ohio (1-7), followed by the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis and then the season’s second major championship, the U.S. Open (June 15-21). The Greenbrier Classic again will be held over July 4 holiday (June 29-July 5) while the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill. (July 6-12), precedes the week of The Open Championship and Barbasol Championship (July 13-19).
The RBC Canadian Open will return to Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont. July 20-26.
After the conclusion of the Quicken Loans National on August 2, the Tour moves to the familiar homestretch to the FedExCup Playoffs with the week of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio and Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nev., (August 3-9), the PGA Championship (August 10-16), and the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., (August 17-23), which finalizes the 125-player field for The Barclays.
The second Playoffs event, the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass., again finishes on Labor Day Monday (September 7). Following a week off, the Playoffs resume with the BMW Championship (September 14-20) and conclude with the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in Atlanta (September 21-27).
Finally, the biennial Presidents Cup will be held for the first time in South Korea the week of October 5-11 at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea.