Golf continues to roll, and the PGA Tour has announced the next season of events. The only PGA Tour golf season to have more events than 2020-2021 schedule was in 1975 when there were 51. Next season will have 50.
The PGA Tour season usually has 45 or 46 events on the calendar, but this year has been unlike any other due to COVID 19. Fortunately, the Tour is looking beyond 2020, and the next season’s calendar is chock full of golf.
"“Building our schedule is always complicated, but never more so as over the past several months as we continue to navigate challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic,” PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement sent out by the PGA Tour. “We appreciate the extensive collaboration with our title sponsors, tournament organizations and golf’s governing bodies that has brought us here.”"
Today, the Tour unveiled the next wrap-around schedule which begins September 7-13 with the Safeway Open in Napa, California.
After the Safeway, things change a little bit for the rest of the fall before ramping up to 2021, which, thankfully, becomes more normal.
The rescheduled U.S. Open follows Safeway.
Corales Puntacana Resort tournament, which will award full FedEx points for the first time ever, will be after the U.S. Open. It will also be on network TV: NBC and Golf Channel. In addition, it will be the first PGA Tour event since the re-start that will have a pro am. Others will follow, and the hope is to allow fans to return to events soon.
All other fall events will be on Golf Channel except the Masters, which is ESPN and CBS.
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This fall also relocates two tournaments from Asia, at least temporarily bringing them stateside. They are the ZOZO and the The CJ Cup. The CJ Cup will follow Shriners Hospitals for Children and will be held at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. Then the ZOZO will be held at Sherwood CC just west of Los Angeles.
The WGC-HSBC Champions has been cancelled for this fall. Sanderson Farms and Shriners Hospital for Children remain on the schedule.
Bermuda is next in the line-up, followed by the Houston Open. Houston, which was bumped by a month, will precede The Masters.
RSM will hold down its traditional spot in the week before Thanksgiving.
Mayakoba will jump to the week after Thanksgiving.
The Tiger Woods tournament, Hero World Challenge, is being held concurrently with the Mayakoba Golf Classic, ending of December 6th. The QBE Shootout will be in Naples, Florida, the following week, from 11th to the 13th of December.
After a short break in regular events, the Sentry Tournament of Champions starts January 7th and the rest flow from there.
Then it’s almost like normal for two months with the west coast swing.
Beginning March, the Arnold Palmer starts the month, followed by The Players and then Honda. Valspar, traditionally the last week of March, moves to the last week in April, following Zurich and before Wells Fargo.
In May there’s a venue change. The AT&T Byron Nelson will move to TPC Craig Ranch. One reason is that most players did not like the Trinity Forest course. Since the Tour has another TPC in the Dallas Metro area ( other than Las Colinas), they have moved to that location. TPC Craig Ranch is north of Dallas in McKinney, Texas.
The season looks fairly normal from May to the end of the season except for the Olympic week, July26- August 1, during which the Tour is dark. A PGA Tour event was held the last time the Olympics were played, but apparently, this time around, nothing will be played. Honestly, most players will not be at the Olympics and will welcome the rest.
After that break week, is WGC Memphis and Wyndham, and then the FedExCup finale events begin.
The season concludes Labor Day weekend, on Sunday, with the Tour Championship.