First PGA Tour stop in Detroit is full-go for June 2019

First PGA Tour stop in Detroit is full-go for June 2019

On Tuesday, the US Tour announced a new-look schedule for the 2018/19 season, with significant changes including a reduction from 48 tournaments to 46 and a late August finale courtesy of the lucrative FedEx Cup playoffs dropping from four events to three. The tournament will be held at TPC Southwind and will mark the first time a World Golf Championships event has been hosted in Memphis.

Last week's PGA Tour event, held the July 4 week at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., attracted a couple of big-name players in Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson, but the leaderboard was dominated by golfers you probably haven't heard of. Golf still has a big event every month, only it now starts in March with The Players Championship instead of April with the Masters.

The strongest competition might be found outside the ropes as tournaments try to persuade the most appealing players not to take time off during their events. This move will allow the playoffs to finish on August 25, before the start of the college football and NFL seasons. The Detroit stop is wedged near the midway point between the U.S. Open and the British Open. He gained PGA TOUR eligibility through the 2008 Qualifying Tournament.

The Houston Open and Greenbrier Classic will move to the fall schedule in 2019 with new U.S. mid-west events added. Also, The Players Championship moves up two months, from mid-May to March 14-17 in Ponte Vedra Fla., and the Fed Ex Cup playoffs shrinks from four events to three, culminating in the Tour Championship on August 22-25 in Atlanta.

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"We are extremely pleased with the way the schedule has come together", said PGA Commissioner Jay Monahan in a press release.

The WGC-Mexico Championship moves up a week following Genesis and precedes the Honda Classic and Arnold Palmer Invitational. "It's been our stated objective for several years to create better sequencing of our tournaments that golf fans around the world can engage in from start to finish". The Players Championship will now move back to March, its former home before 2007. The Open Championship, meanwhile, will be held at Royal Portrush July 15-21, marking its return to Northern Ireland after almost 70 years.

The field of 132 players now represents close to 160 total TOUR victories including major championships, plus multiple Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup team appearances. It is going to be very interesting with the schedule becoming more compact as well.

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