The ulitmate goal will be the same for Brandt Snedeker in 2013. For others, the path will be a little different. (Kevin Liles-US PRESSWIRE)

Changes Abound for 2013 PGA TOUR Schedule, Cards

The PGA TOUR released the 2013 schedule today. There are many changes in store, both for tournaments and the start of a new season as well as end of season “playoffs”.

Here’s a few notes on the changes that will occur for 2013:

– The season will end immediately following the TOUR Championship. This was a move that had previously be determined. The first tournament of the Fall Schedule will commence the new season, the 2013-2014 season. Fall events will now carry an allotment of FedEx Cup points.
– Earnings will no longer be a factor for exempt status as you will see in the following points.
– The Tour will still carry their “Top 25″, but will also have its own playoffs )of sorts) in order to determine the final 25 cards, providing a total of 50 PGA TOUR cards, in a sense. Those that finish in the Top 25 during the regular season will still garner a PGA TOUR card. The remaining 25 cards will be awarded through a newly created “playoff” format. These playoffs will involve four events with cumulative earnings being the determining factor for those cards. That field will be comprised of the top 75 from the Tour money list, PGA TOUR players who are 126-200 on the FedExCup points list, and non-members who would have earned enough FedExCup points from their performance on TOUR to place them 126-200 on the official FedExCup points list. Those 50 cards will carry second priority only to those that finish the season in the top 125 of FedEx Cup points and other eligibility as determined by the TOUR. These events will coincide with the FedEx Cup playoffs.
– The final tournament for the finals will be TPC Sawgrass.
– Q-school was no longer provide cards directly to the PGA TOUR. Instead, those cards will be for the Tour.
– There will be no PGA TOUR sponsored event opposite the WGC-Accenture Match Play. The Mayakoba Classic, which was that event, will move to a date in the fall series. Those tournaments that fall opposite majors or WGC events will see an increase in FedEx Cup points, going from the current 250 for the winner, to 300. These are the Puerto Rico Open (opposite the WGC-Cadillac Championships at Doral), the True South Classic (opposite the Open Championship), and the Reno-Tahoe Open (opposite the WGC-Bridgestone).
– The Valero Texas Open will be the week immediately prior to The Masters instead of two weeks after.
– The off-week for the FedEx Cup playoffs will be moved to after the second tournament, the Deutsche Bank Championship.
– Two of the four FedEx Cup playoff events will sport new venues for the year. The Barclays, this past season held at Bethpage Black, will be held at Liberty National while the BMW Championships is moving from Crooked Stick in Indiana, to Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill.
– The three rotating major venues will be: US Open at Merion Golf Club; the Open Championship at Muirfield in East Lothian, Scotland; the PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

The major change comes in the way of earning your PGA TOUR card. With Q-School no longer being a part of that process, players must now look at the Tour “Finals” as one means of gaining status. That tour will still hold their Top 25 (as previously mentioned), but how the remainder of the 25 cards will be determined resembles something drastically different.

If we were under those qualifications for this year, Justin Bolli is not a Top 25 guy. Prior to winning the Tour’s Championship this past weekend, he was 44th on the money list. No card under these conditions which means that Bolli would have to duke it out with other players in order to gain a card.

Those that qualify for the PGA Playoffs (the top 125 in FedEx Cup points) will hold their status over to the following season regardless of monies earned. Players will no longer sweat being the top 125 earnings list come the end of the Fall Series. Instead, they will now strive to make The Playoffs in order to secure their standing.

Of course you can scour the FedEx Cup points list and money list and dig to players that would benefit under these new conditions for status. Same holds true the other way.

Like anything that is new, it may take a tweak here and a tweak there in order for this process to completely grab us and run smoothly. For example, the Top 25 from the Tour’s regular season money list will receive PGA TOUR cards, yet, in looking at everything I have read about these changes, they will still be permitted to take part in the Finals (top 75 on’s money list). Keep ‘em fresh for the start of the 2013-2014 season, I guess. Still seems odd as those 25 could prevent someone from grabbing a card due to finishing position leading to a reduction in monies earned during The Finals.

I would like to think a stipulation has already been addressed, but I have yet to read such.

With the changes to how a player can secure his card, the pressure should increase more rapidly as the year progresses. There will be less opportunities to improve or even stabilize your position within the FedEx Cup rankings. That could lead to a few big names playing in various tournaments in which they may not ordinarily play. That, in turn, could lead to increased interest in certain events and, more importantly, increased attendance at those events.

For at least the 2013 season, business should pick up a more than in the past years.

Here’s the complete 2013 PGA TOUR schedule.

Regular Season
Hyundai Tournament of Champions Dec. 31-Jan. 7
Kapalua Resort (Plantation), Kapalua, Hawaii TV: Golf Channel
Sony Open in Hawaii Jan. 7-13
Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii TV: Golf Channel
Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation Jan. 14-20
PGA West (*Palmer, Nicklaus)/La Quinta CC, La Quinta, Calif. TV: Golf Channel
Farmers Insurance Open Jan. 21-27
Torrey Pines (*South, North), San Diego, Calif. TV: Golf Channel/CBS
Waste Management Phoenix Open Jan. 28-Feb. 3
TPC Scottsdale (Stadium), Scottsdale, Ariz. TV: Golf Channel/NBC
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Feb. 4-10
*Pebble Beach/Spyglass Hill/Monterey Peninsula (Shore), Pebble Beach, Calif. TV: Golf Channel/CBS
Northern Trust Open Feb. 11-17
Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif. TV: Golf Channel/CBS
World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship Feb. 18-24
Ritz-Carlton GC (Dove Mountain), Marana, Ariz. TV: Golf Channel/NBC
The Honda Classic Feb. 25-March 3
PGA National (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. TV: Golf Channel/NBC
World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship March 4-10
Doral Golf Resort (TPC Blue Monster), Doral, Fla. TV: Golf Channel/NBC
Puerto Rico Open presented by March 4-10
Trump International Puerto Rico, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico TV: Golf Channel
Tampa Bay Championship (formerly Transitions) March 11-17
Innisbrook Resort & GC (Copperhead), Palm Harbor, Fla. TV: Golf Channel/NBC
Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard March 18-24
Bay Hill Golf Club and Lodge, Orlando, Fla. TV: Golf Channel/NBC
Shell Houston Open March 25-31
Redstone GC (Tournament), Houston, Texas TV: Golf Channel/NBC
Valero Texas Open April 1-7
TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks), San Antonio, Texas TV: Golf Channel/NBC
Masters Tournament # April 8-14
Augusta National GC, Augusta, Ga. TV: ESPN/CBS
RBC Heritage April 15-21
Harbour Town GL, Hilton Head Island, S.C. TV: Golf Channel/CBS
Zurich Classic of New Orleans April 22-28
TPC Louisiana, New Orleans, La. TV: Golf Channel/CBS
Wells Fargo Championship April 29-May 5
Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C. TV: Golf Channel/CBS
THE PLAYERS Championship May 6-12
TPC Sawgrass (Stadium), Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. TV: Golf Channel/NBC
HP Byron Nelson Championship May 13-19
Four Seasons Las Colinas (TPC Four Seasons), Irving, Texas TV: Golf Channel/CBS
Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial May 20-26
Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas TV: Golf Channel/CBS
the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance May 27-June 2
Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio TV: Golf Channel/CBS
FedEx St. Jude Classic June 3-9
TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tenn. TV: Golf Channel/CBS
U.S. Open # June 10-16
Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pa. TV:ESPN/NBC
Travelers Championship June 17-23
TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn. TV: Golf Channel/CBS
AT&T National June 24-30
Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, Md. TV: Golf Channel/CBS
The Greenbrier Classic July 1-7
The Greenbrier (The Old White TPC), White Sulphur Springs, W.V. TV: Golf Channel/CBS
John Deere Classic July 8-14
TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Ill. TV: Golf Channel/CBS
British Open # July 15-21
Muirfield, East Lothian, Scotland TV: ESPN
True South Classic July 15-21
Annandale Golf Club, Madison, Miss. TV: Golf Channel
RBC Canadian Open July 22-28
Glen Abbey Golf Club, Oakville, Ontario, Canada TV: Golf Channel/CBS
World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational July 29-Aug. 4
Firestone Country Club (South), Akron, Ohio TV: Golf Channel/CBS
Reno-Tahoe Open July 29-Aug. 4
Montreux Golf & CC, Reno, Nev. TV: Golf Channel
PGA Championship # Aug. 5-11
Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, N.Y. TV: TNT/CBS
Wyndham Championship Aug. 12-18
Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, N.C. TV:Golf Channel/CBS
# – Not PGA TOUR co-sponsored * – Host course
FedExCup Playoffs
The Barclays Aug. 19-25
Liberty National Golf Course, Jersey City, N.J. TV: Golf Channel/CBS
Deutsche Bank Championship Aug. 26-Sept. 2
TPC Boston, Norton, Mass. TV: Golf Channel/NBC
BMW Championship Sept. 9-15
Conway Farms Golf Club, Lake Forest, Ill. TV: Golf Channel/NBC
TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola Sept. 16-22
East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Ga. TV: Golf Channel/NBC
The Presidents Cup Sept. 30-Oct. 6
Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin Ohio TV: Golf Channel/NBC

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