PGA TOUR Champions announces 2020 schedule
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida – PGA TOUR Champions announced today the 2020 tournament schedule, featuring 27 events and culminating with the fifth annual Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs. The Tour will contest tournaments in four foreign countries and 18 states, with total prize money of nearly $59 million.
“We are excited to announce the 2020 PGA TOUR Champions schedule as we continue to focus on building a tremendous tournament product for our players, partners and fans,” said PGA TOUR Champions President Miller Brady. “Our Tour benefits greatly from the numerous legends who compete each week, as well as the ‘rookies’ who make their debuts, and 2020 will be an incredible year for both.”
The 2020 season will mark the first year of PGA TOUR Champions eligibility for a number of the game’s biggest names. World Golf Hall of Fame member Ernie Els celebrated his 50th birthday on October 17, while 17-time PGA TOUR winner and 2010 FedExCup Champion Jim Furyk, 2003 Masters champion Mike Weir, 2011 PLAYERS Champion K.J. Choi and World Golf Hall of Fame member Phil Mickelson will all turn 50 in the next 12 months.
“I am looking forward to my first start on PGA TOUR Champions in January at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii,” said Els. “It will be great to reconnect with all of my friends I grew up competing with, and I know the camaraderie and competition will provide a lot of excitement for our fans.”
The 2020 season will begin with Els’ debut at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai the week of January 13-18 (Saturday finish), where Tom Lehman will be the defending champion.
PGA TOUR Champions will welcome two new events to the annual schedule next year, including the Morocco Champions (Jan. 27 – Feb. 1) at Samanah Golf Club in Marrakech, Morocco, as well as the Ascension Charity Classic (Sept. 28 – Oct. 4) at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis.
The Shaw Charity Classic will be held in Calgary, Alta., from Aug. 24-30 at Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club.
The Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs will once again provide an exciting end to the season. The Boca Raton Championship – which has been contested at The Old Course at Broken Sound Club in Boca Raton, Florida, since 2007 – moves from its traditional February date into the second Playoffs event slot.
The Boca Raton Championship will be preceded by the fifth annual Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, Virginia, with the Charles Schwab Cup Championship returning to Phoenix Country Club for a fourth year to finish out the Playoffs.
|DATE||CHARLES SCHWAB CUP PLAYOFFS||HOST COURSE||LOCATION|
|Oct. 12-18||Dominion Energy Charity Classic||The Country Club of Virginia (James River)||Richmond, Va.|
|Oct. 26-1||Boca Raton Championship||The Old Course at Broken Sound Club||Boca Raton, Fla.|
|Nov. 2-8||Charles Schwab Cup Championship||Phoenix Country Club||Phoenix, Ariz.|
Since 2001, the Charles Schwab Cup has been awarded to the winner of a season-long, points-based competition. Bernhard Langer is a five-time winner of the Cup, while Jay Haas, Hale Irwin, Tom Lehman, Loren Roberts and Tom Watson have each won twice.
The schedule of five major championships starts in May with the Regions Tradition in Birmingham, Alabama, where 12-time PGA TOUR winner and 2017 Presidents Cup U.S. Team Captain Steve Stricker will be the defending champion at Greystone Golf & Country Club.
The KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship returns to Harbor Shores Golf Club in Michigan the week of May 19-24, while the U.S. Senior Open will make its first trip to historic Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island, the week of June 22-28. Newport C.C., which was founded in 1893, hosted the first U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur in 1895, as well as the 1995 U.S. Amateur (won by Tiger Woods) and the 2006 U.S. Women’s Open.
The senior major season will conclude in July with the Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship returning to Firestone Country Club’s South Course in Akron, Ohio, for a second straight year, and The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex being contested at Sunningdale Golf Club in England for the third time in tournament history.
The Tour’s lone Challenge Season event will be the PNC Father Son Challenge, which will return to the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Florida, the week of December 14-20.
PGA TOUR Champions tournament programming is available via TV linear partners in 170+ countries and territories across more than 270 million potential households, with 28 channels carrying long-form and/or highlights coverage, and live coverage distributed in 130+ countries and territories across 65 million potential households. Programming is also available via the OTT platform GOLFTV powered by PGA TOUR in every market outside of the US, excluding China and Korea, with live coverage distributed in 120+ countries and territories.
The complete 2020 schedule for PGA TOUR Champions can be found at PGATOUR.com.