PGA Tour releases official 2013-2014 season schedule, includes 45 FedEx Cup events #FortyFreakingFive #ThePerpetualGolfSeason

Just two weeks away from the end of the season, the PGA Tour has finally released its 2013-2014 season schedule.  Recall that this next season will be the Tour’s first wrap-around thingamabobber schedule, where the season starts in October and ends the following September.  For those of us golf fans, it’s both awesome and weird to think of “real” PGA Tour golf being played 11 out of 12 months of the year (December is still an off month, well for official Tour events anway), but let’s all agree to just not tell our wives that basically anytime other than during Christmas dinner that there’s in-season PGA Tour golf to be watched.

Since Tour commish Tim Finchem decided to throw in everything including the kitchen sink to the save the fall events on the schedule (he awarded them full FedEx Cup points- he would’ve probably lost sponsorship of most of them if he didn’t), we now have 45 FedEx Cup tourneys on next year’s schedule.  Forty freaking five!  I mean wow, that’s like baseball playing something like 162 games in a season or something, oh wait…..

The ’13-’14 PGA Tour schedule can be viewed by clicking here.  Here’s a few notes about it, plus some things that I like and some that I despise:

– The first event is the Open, the week of Oct 7th-13th, where we all remember Jonas Blixt capturing his first PGA Tour title of his career last year (or actually no, we don’t remember, since we were all just watching football).

– There’s actually six fall events now- The Open, The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (now an official PGA Tour event), the WGC HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China (also now an official PGA Tour event), The McGladrey Classic and the OHL Classic at Mayakoba (no longer just an opposite field event).  The Mayakoba event wraps up on November 17th, then the Tour is off until January (although of course, there are still those silly season events, woohoo!)  So, 3 of the 6 fall events will be played outside of the USA.  It will definitely be interesting to see field strength and turnouts during these events.

– The Shell Houston Open is thankfully again slotted as the week prior to the Masters, which is much better prep for Augusta National than the Valero Texas Open’s gaudy and horrendous monstrosity that is TPC San Antonio.  I think Phil Mickelson’s Masters odds just got cut in half.

– Damnit, this hasn’t changed- next year’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst still will be the last U.S. Open telecast on NBC, as the USGA went all cash-grabby with Fox.

– No opposite event the week of the British Open, as the Sanderson Farms Championship is hibernating for the summer, then will re-wake and be plopped into the ’14 Fall schedule.  I know, we’re all brokenhearted.

– The majors are in their usual slots- The Masters the second week of April, the U.S. Open during Father’s Day weekend (Pinehurst), the British Open the third week of July (Royal Liverpool) and the PGA Championship the second week of August (Valhalla).

– Next year’s Barclays will be played at Ridgewood CC in New Jersey- played there in both ’08 (Vijay won) and ’10 (Kuch won).

– Next year’s BMW Championship will be played at Cherry Hills CC in Denver the second week in September.  LOVE the fact that this tourney is rotating host venues and mega-love the Cherry Hills selection.

– The Tour Championship will again be at East Lake in Atlanta, but moved up to September 11th-14th.  This means that all 4 FedEx Cup Playoff events will be played consecutively with no off week, that way there is a week off between the Tour Championship and the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Scotland (Sept 26th-228th).

So, there you have it in a nutshell.  Overall, I understand where Finchem is coming from making these Fall events full points to save sponsorships, but at the same time, sometimes less can be more.  I have a feeling that players may not fully embrace this new wrap-around schedule and that we may not see too high a strength of field in many of these fall events, as again, there are 45 total events on the schedule during the season!  It’s golf, and it’s the greatest game on the planet, but seriously, it just seems to be overkill to me.  Everyone needs at least a little break at some point, 6 weeks at the end of the year just doesn’t seem to be enough.

Oh yeah, and again, the no Q-School thing still just plain sucks.

The good news?  Well hey, looky there, we’re just 3 1/2 weeks away from the new PGA Tour season starting.


Joel Harrington


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