The news the PGA Tour this morning can’t necessarily be called “breaking” but that’s exactly what they are doing to the future schedule. The Tour announced a shuffle of it’s major events beginning in 2019 where the Players Championship will move from it’s current position in May to the month of March. The PGA Championship which currently gets jammed into August will now occupy the month of May. This doesn’t come as a shock to players & media as the Tour has been looking into ways to ease the log jam in the late summer schedule. The biggest obstacle the current golf calendar has faced is the start of the NFL & College football seasons, a machine so large it’s impossible to compete against. Also vying for time are events like the Olympics, Ryder and Presidents Cup. The bottom line is the PGA Tour can’t keep going up against the NFL and College Football market and the Fed Ex Cup isn’t a big enough deal to compete. It’s also wearing out the players and making the August/September part of the season a nightmare to stay competitive. As a fan of golf and an avid follower of the tour, the pros of this new schedule far out way the Cons and provide a better experience to us, the audience.
The “major events” now have breathing room and balance the schedule eliminating the weight of events in the late summer
The PGA will no longer be an after thought lost in the schedule
Players will be more refreshed for the playoffs
Golf can make way to Football seamlessly
The OPEN Championship (British) will now truly become the champion golfer of the year
The Masters will become a better event as players will have a true test prior to April
Euro players will be able to play more Euro events after the FedEx Cup playoffs
This could have gone in either column, but the length of time from the Fed Ex Cup to Hawaii has increased. I’ve never been a fan of the wrap around schedule so for me this is a plus.
Southern Venues are now in the mix to host a major event
Some believe this takes out venues in the northern part of the country due to course conditions and weather concerns
The Tour may need to drop an event in the schedule which hurts a market where an event has a big impact on the community
The weather in March at Sawgrass. Tour convinced people back in 07′ that the weather in May makes for a better Players Championship. Now they need to convince us otherwise.
No more “Glory’s Last Shot”
Some Tournaments may need to shift and move to accommodate