The PGA unveiled the 2018-2019 schedule this morning, after months of anticipation from the golf world to see how the Tour would play out the season.
There are plenty of changes that will be different next season compared to this one, so let's take a look at the highlights:
So as you noticed, pretty significant changes on the horizon for next year. The Player's Championship will be moved back from May to March, as well as the The PGA Championship being moved back from August to May.
Instead of four events like we are used to, the FedEx Cup Playoffs will only consist of three events starting next season. The Tour will no longer make their annual trip to Boston, therefore concluding the season in August as opposed to September.
“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,” said Tour commissioner Jay Monahan in a statement. “And by concluding at the end of August, the FedEx Cup Playoffs no longer have the challenge of sharing the stage with college and professional football.”
I have to say I agree with this move in terms of television ratings. College football and the NFL start their seasons pretty much in the heat of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. So having the season end early is a move I can support because the action that comes in playoff golf is something that shouldn't be missed.
The format for the FedEx Cup Playoffs will still stay the same. Top 125 players will be competing followed by the top 70 and top 30 players competing int he BMW Championship and Tour Championship respectively.
TPC Boston and New York City-area courses will be on a rotation for The Northern Trust tournament starting in 2020 as the first playoff action.
The PGA also added two tournaments: The Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit and the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Minnesota where the PGA Champions Tour competed previously.
You can check out the full tournament schedule here.