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With changes aplenty, the 2018-2019 PGA Tour schedule is here

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Calendar lovers, scheduling enthusiasts, and golf fans too: the long awaited day is here. The PGA Tour today presented its 2018-2019 schedule.

“A cadence of events highlighted by significant championships every month,” the Tour called the 46-tournament schedule, which now concludes before the NFL season starts.

A few quick notes

  • The FedEx Cup is now three events instead of four.
  • Two new tournaments: the Rocket Mortgage Classic June 24-30 in Detroit and the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Minneapolis.
  • The RBC Canadian Open moves from late July to June 3-9.
  • The Players Championship moves from May to March (11-17) and the PGA Championship moves from August to May (13-19).
  • The final World Golf Championships event of the season will now be held at TPC Southwind in Memphis as the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
  • The Houston Open and A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier move to the fall.

Here’s the whole darn thing, as posted to PGATour.com

DATE TOURNAMENT COURSE LOCATION
10/1 – 10/7 Safeway Open Silverado Resort and Spa (North Course) Napa, California
10/8 – 10/14 CIMB Classic TPC Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
10/15 – 10/21 THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES Nine Bridges Jeju Island, Korea
10/22 – 10/28 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions Sheshan International Golf Club Shanghai, China
10/22 – 10/28 Sanderson Farms Championship Country Club of Jackson Jackson, Mississippi
10/29 – 11/4 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open TPC Summerlin Las Vegas, Nevada
11/5 – 11/11 Mayakoba Golf Classic El Camaleon Golf Club at the Mayakoba Resort Playa del Carmen, Mexico
11/12 – 11/18 The RSM Classic Sea Island Resort (*Seaside Course, Plantation Course) St. Simons Island, Georgia
BREAK
12/31 – 1/6 Sentry Tournament of Champions Kapalua Resort (The Plantation Course) Kapalua, Hawaii
1/7 – 1/13 Sony Open in Hawaii Waialae Country Club Honolulu, Hawaii
1/14 – 1/20 CareerBuilder Challenge PGA WEST (*Stadium Course, Nicklaus Tournament Course); La Quinta Country Club La Quinta, California
1/21 – 1/27 Farmers Insurance Open Torrey Pines Golf Course (*South Course, North Course) San Diego, California
1/28 – 2/3 Waste Management Phoenix Open  TPC Scottsdale (Stadium Course) Scottsdale, Arizona
2/4 – 2/10 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am *Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Shore Course) Pebble Beach, California
2/11 – 2/17 Genesis Open The Riviera Country Club Pacific Palisades, California
2/18 – 2/24 World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship Club de Golf Chapultepec Mexico City, Mexico
2/18 – 2/24 Puerto Rico Open Coco Beach Golf & Country Club Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
2/25 – 3/3 The Honda Classic PGA National Resort & Spa (The Champion Course) Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
3/4- 3/10 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard Bay Hill Club and Lodge Orlando, Florida
3/11- 3/17 THE PLAYERS Championship TPC Sawgrass (THE PLAYERS Stadium Course) Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
3/18 – 3/24 Valspar Championship Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf and Spa Resort (Copperhead Course) Palm Harbor, Florida
3/25 – 3/31 World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play Austin Country Club Austin, Texas
3/25 – 3/31 Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship Puntacana Resort & Club (Corales Golf Course) Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
4/1 – 4/7 Valero Texas Open TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks Course) San Antonio, Texas
4/8 – 4/14 Masters Tournament # Augusta National Golf Club Augusta, Georgia
4/15 – 4/21 RBC Heritage Harbour Town Golf Links Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
4/22 – 4/28 Zurich Classic of New Orleans TPC Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana
4/29 – 5/5 Wells Fargo Championship Quail Hollow Club Charlotte, North Carolina
5/6 – 5/12 AT&T Byron Nelson Trinity Forest Golf Club Dallas, Texas
5/13 – 5/19 PGA Championship # Bethpage State Park (Black Course) Bethpage, New York
5/20 – 5/26 Charles Schwab Challenge Colonial Country Club Fort Worth, Texas
5/27 – 6/2 the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Muirfield Village Golf Club Dublin, Ohio
6/3 – 6/9 RBC Canadian Open Hamilton Golf & Country Club Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
6/10 – 6/16 U.S. Open # Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach, California
6/17 – 6/23 Travelers Championship TPC River Highlands Cromwell, Connecticut
6/24 – 6/30 Rocket Mortgage Classic Detroit Golf Club Detroit, Michigan
7/1 – 7/7 3M Open TPC Twin Cities Blaine, Minnesota
7/8 – 7/14 John Deere Classic TPC Deere Run Silvis, Illinois
7/15 – 7/21 The Open Championship # Royal Portrush Golf Club Portrush, Northern Ireland
7/15 – 7/21 Barbasol Championship Keene Trace Golf Club (Champions Trace) Nicholasville, Kentucky
7/22 – 7/28 World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational TPC Southwind Memphis, Tennessee
7/22 – 7/28 Reno-Tahoe Tournament Montreaux Golf and Country Club Reno, Nevada
7/29 – 8/4 Wyndham Championship Sedgefield Country Club Greensboro, North Carolina
8/5 – 8/11 THE NORTHERN TRUST Liberty National Golf Club Jersey City, New Jersey
8/12 – 8/18 BMW Championship Medinah Country Club (Course No. 3) Medinah, Illinois
8/19 – 8/25 TOUR Championship East Lake Golf Club Atlanta, Georgia

With respect to the early opinions, here are a few.

Writing for PGATour.com, Jim McCabe riffed on discussions with Olin Browne and Joe Durant.

“What caught Browne’s attention was the climactic finish to next season – three consecutive weeks of the FedExCup Playoffs culminating with the TOUR Championship Aug. 22-25. Reducing the FedExCup Playoffs by one and concluding the season before Labor Day and the onrush of football are definitive exclamation points, in Browne’s view, and two former PGA TOUR competitors who helped give shape to the FedExCup Playoffs agree.

“It’s more dynamic, instead of the season petering out like it used to,” said Joe Durant, who was a member of the Policy Board when the FedExCup debuted in 2007. Another Policy Board member was Brad Faxon, who recalls that “we always had the thought to eliminate competing against the NFL when the FedExCup started. This new schedule is good. I think it’s better to have only three playoff events.”

Writing for GolfChannel.com, Rex Hoggard offered praise and approval but cautioned that there will be an adjustment period to the condensed schedule.

“Essentially, the Tour had to shed four weeks off the season to move out of football’s shadow. Losing the Boston playoff event and the post-season “bye” week was half the bill. The Houston Open was relocated to the fall portion of the schedule, and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational was replaced by an existing event in Memphis.

“If that all sounds clean and easy, consider that the run up to the post-season will now feature a major (The Open), a World Golf Championship (Memphis) and the Wyndham Championship. Including the three playoff stops, that’s five must-play events in a six-week window.
How this congestion impacts events like Bay Hill or the AT&T Byron Nelson, which will now be played the week before the PGA Championship, remains to be seen, but there will be tough choices made.

“Consider the RBC Canadian Open, which has been mired in a post-Open Championship vortex, will now be played the week before the U.S. Open. Depending on where the American championship is played, the move could give the field in Canada a boost, but it’s hard to imagine how it’s going to lead to long-term improvements.”

ESPN’s Bob Harig praised moving the PGA Championship to May, however, he worries that given the host venues and time of year for that tournament, weather and conditioning could be problems. He praised wrapping the Playoffs before the NFL season begins, and also said, “golf-mad markets in Minneapolis and Detroit are rewarded with PGA Tour events, the Canadian Open moves off a tough date after The Open, the WGC event in Akron loses a sponsor in Bridgestone but picks up a big one in FedEx.”

Those are a few thoughts from long-serving scribes. What do you think about the new schedule, GolfWRX members?

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  1. Bryan from Boston

    Jul 10, 2018 at 11:04 am

    RIP TPC Boston. I’ll certainly spend some extra time to enjoy it this year. Cutting that tournament out of the schedule makes me sad because I love going to it, and love watching the other rounds that weekend. The Monday finish was always great too.

    • 3PuttPar

      Jul 10, 2018 at 4:03 pm

      Agreed…I had a chance to play TPC Boston about a month ago and loved it. I’ve been to the tournament twice and once I found out it was most likely going to get the boot on the new schedule I made sure I got tickets this year. I’ll miss that tournament. Looks like we’ll be making the drive to CT for the Traveler’s.

      • Konklifer

        Jul 11, 2018 at 9:32 am

        As of now, TPC Boston and Liberty National will be alternating. Northern Trust will sponsor at TPC Boston in 2020.

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Blunder leads to cruel DQ for European Tour hopeful at Q-School

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Another day, another rules controversy. Earlier this month, we reported on a crushing penalty that resulted in European Tour hopeful Gian-Marco Petrozzi missing out on the final stage of Q-School, and now an even more devastating rules infraction has cost yet another golfer his chance of competing on the European Tour.

The incident occurred in the final stage of Q-School at Lumine Golf Club in Spain, where Englishman Tom Murray looked to be well on his way to securing his European Tour privileges for 2019. The world number 369 had opened the six-round event with rounds of 66 and 70, but after signing for an incorrect scorecard, Murray saw his hopes shattered with a brutal disqualification.

It was Murray’s second round scorecard of 70 which proved costly, despite recording the total on his card accurately. The Englishman had scored two of his scores incorrectly, marking one too high and one too low, resulting in a disqualification for an incorrect scorecard. Murray took to social media after the event to state what had occurred, while also taking personal accountability for the error.

The R&A and the USGA moved to modernize the rules of golf earlier this year, making a number of changes that will come into effect in 2019. However, there is still a large percentage of golf fans that would like to see an even more significant overhaul to the rules of golf, especially with the latest run of seemingly innocuous infringements.

GolfWRXers, do you feel golf officials need to take an even closer look at some of its current rules, or did Tom Murray’s carelessness warrant his punishment?

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GolfWRX Morning 9: The Tiger Woods of rock climbing | Jason Dufner’s math lesson | Brutal incorrect scorecard DQ

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By Ben Alberstadt (ben.alberstadt@golfwrx.com)

November 14, 2018

Good Wednesday morning, golf fans.
1. The Tiger Woods of rock climbing
Alex Honnold may be the greatest climber in the world, his free solo ascent of El Capitan (that is, without equipment) is the basis for the documentary “Free Solo,” and his list of big peaks is legendary. However, it’s not Honnold’s accomplishments, but rather his demeanor, that prompted Michael Bamberger to compare the 33-year-old to one Tiger Woods.
  • In his “Best things in golf right now” column for Golf.com, Bamberger writes, Christine and I saw another art-house movie recently, “Free Solo,” a documentary about the extreme rock climber Alex Honnold. It’s outstanding and I mention it here because Honnold, articulate and reflective, must share fundamental qualities with Tiger Woods.
  • “In times of intense fear, Honnold’s sense of himself and what he can do doesn’t contract, it expands. I believe that’s what happens for Woods, too. The climber has no interest in the pursuit of a “happy and cozy” life. That’s pure Woods. Honnold doesn’t actively seek to put his athletic needs ahead of his personal relationships. His body and mental chemistry leaves him no choice. It’s what he is built to do. You could see that DNA in Tiger, too, in his lengthy prime.”

Full piece.

2. Duf does the math
Interesting catch-up with Jason Dufner on the range ahead of the RSM Classic for this unbylined AP piece.
  • “Dufner, who has such a degree, came up with his own version of success on the PGA Tour that at first glance seems outrageous….”You win 2 percent of your tournaments, you probably have a Hall of Fame career,” Dufner said. “You throw in a major and win 2 percent of your tournaments, and you’re certainly in the Hall of Fame.”…Maybe he had Fred Couples or Mark O’Meara in mind.”
  • “Winning every year is extremely tough to do,” Dufner said. “It’s just a fine line out here. You have to have a 95 percent-plus success rate to win,” he said.
  • “He defines success on a hole-by-hole basis in a negative sense. It’s more about what a player doesn’t do wrong as opposed to what he did right. Last week in Mayakoba, he said he had five penalty drops and three-putted three times. That’s not success. Dufner shot 13-under 271 and finished nine shots behind Kuchar.”
  • “I probably had 15 or 20 shots that were not successful,” he said, estimating his success rate at 90 percent.”

Full piece.

3. The always brutal scorecard DQ
Really rough stuff for Tom Murray at Euro Tour Q-School
  • “Through two rounds at Lumine, the Englishman was handily placed on seven-under-par after rounds of 66 and 70. But, unfortunately, his quest to earn his card ended there after signing an incorrect scorecard.”
  • “His score of 70 was correct, but scores on two holes were incorrect, with one higher one lower, and he took to Twitter to explain further.”
  • “So we’re leaving Q School having been DQd. Signed for 70 which was correct but two holes were incorrect, one higher one lower. My fault completely but still just as horrible. Rough end to the season but we will be back stronger.”
  • That’s right, folks. He had the total score right, i.e., the number that matters, but two hole scores were wrong. The Rules are The Rules, I guess, but good grief.

Full piece.

4. 5 clubs that made headlines last year
Interesting stuff from Golfweek’s David Dusek here, looking at some of the events of 2018 on the PGA Tour through the prism of the tools of the game.
  • “An example (technically a set of clubs): Brooks Koepka won his first major championship, the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, using a set of Mizuno’s JPX 900 Tour irons even though he did not have an endorsement deal with the Japanese company.”
  • “This season the former Florida State standout won the U.S. Open again, as well as the PGA Championship, using the same irons, and still was not getting paid to use them. Forged from a single piece of 1025E mild carbon steel for soft feel, the JPX 900 Tour irons have a compact head and a beveled sole that helps them get in and out of the turf more easily. The extra weight pushed to the perimeter of the heads makes them more forgiving, but these clubs still demand precision.”
5. Manassero misses out
Golfweek’s Alistair Tait…
“Matteo Manassero faces an uncertain future after missing the 72-hole cut at the final stage of European Tour Qualifying School.”
  • “Manassero returned scores of 70-68-76-73 at Lumine Golf Club in Tarragona, Spain to sit at 1 over, seven shots away from the top 70 and ties who advanced to the final two rounds. The four-time winner finished 122nd on this year’s money list after the Andalucia Valderrama Masters, six spots short of keeping his card.”
  • “His Category 18 status means he goes to the bottom of the pecking order next year. He’ll struggle to get into big-money events, instead playing in low budget tournaments like the Mauritius Open, Joburg Open and Belgian Knockout. He’ll have to play exceptionally in those tournaments to have any chance of regaining his card for the 2020 season. Alternatively, he could try to find his way back to the main tour by finishing inside the Challenge Tour top 15 next season.”
6. USGA announces global ranking for disabled golfers
Ryan Herrington for Golf Digest...”In the latest in a series of steps to provide opportunities for disabled golfers, officials with the USGA and R&A announced on Tuesday they will begin to administer a global ranking of players starting in 2019.”
  • “The World Ranking for Golfers with Disability will be run in tandem with the World Amateur Golf Ranking. It will include separate rankings for men and women, building off of the Ranking for Golfers with Disability established by the European Disable Golf Association in 2014.”
  • “John Bodenhamer, USGA Senior Managing Director of Championships, hopes that the involvement of the two governing bodies in the ranking will help spur participation and encourage more competition worldwide for disabled players. Combined with their joint commitment to the disabled golf community through a separate Rules of Golf initiative and a pledge by the USGA to host a national championship for disability golfers, Bodenhamer said “we are working to create meaningful and lasting change to make golf more welcoming.””
7. CME Overhaul
Golf Channel’s Randall Mell…”CME Group CEO Terry Duffy is seriously upping the ante in the women’s game…He’s teaming with LPGA commissioner Mike Whan to overhaul the Race to the CME Globe with the aim of making the season-ending Tour Championship richer, more dramatic and easier to follow.”
  • “Duffy said it’s really about a larger aim to elevate women to a more equitable standing in sport.
  • “Terry just moved the stick,” Whan said in a news conference Tuesday at the Ritz Carlton’s beach resort in Naples. “It’s a game-changing moment for the LPGA.”
  • “The overhaul begins next year with the CME Group Tour Championship’s purse doubled to $5 million. That’s more than the prize money offered in five PGA Tour events and nearly as much as the purse at the PGA Tour’s venerable Desert Classic ($5.9 million).”
  • Additionally… “The points will be scrapped at The Tour Championship. The season finale will be played like a regular stroke-play event, with every player in the field eligible to win the $1.5 million first-place check.”
8. Cold weather questions
E. Michael Johnson examines some persistent myths related to golf in frigid environments.
For example: Do colder golf balls fly shorter?
  • He writes, “To begin with, cold air can affect the performance of a golf ball. Cold air is denser than warm air and creates additional drag on a ball. According to Trackman, the difference is approximately one yard of carry for every 10-degree change in temperature. So theoretically, you’re looking at a loss of four yards if you’re playing in 40 degrees as opposed to 80 degrees. Other factors-such as how the body reacts to the cold, and how wearing extra layers likely limits your backswing-can further impact distance. The takeaway: When playing fall golf plan for at least an extra half club, and if your swing is restricted by being fully bundled up, it might even be a full club.”
9. Why hello, FootJoy Heritage Collection
Golfweek’s Brentley Romine takes a look at FootJoy’s new Heritage Collection, which features some seriously cool items, such as the Heritage Half-Zip Pullover you see below.
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Rory McIlroy won’t watch Tiger-Phil match, claims the event has “missed the mark”

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Last month, Justin Thomas stated that there was zero chance of him watching Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson battle it out in Las Vegas for $9 million. Now, Rory McIlroy is the latest Tour player to say he won’t be tuning in.

McIlroy, while speaking on Tuesday at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, told reporters that Phil Mickelson had even offered to cover the pay-per-view fee for the Irishman when they discussed the match during a FedEx Cup playoff event earlier in the year. But McIlroy made it clear today that he wasn’t in the least bit interested in the event, stating

“Look, if they had a done it 15 years ago, it would have been great. But nowadays, it’s missed the mark a little bit.”

McIlroy’s comments should not be surprising. The 29-year-old is no stranger to speaking his mind, and we can only speculate on what exactly he meant with his statement that the showdown has “missed the mark a little bit.” If McIlroy is suggesting that this event has missed the mark due to the match airing on PPV, then he is likely to find many supporters of the game in agreement with him — the $19.99 price tag for the exhibition has not gone over well. Or, if the fact that neither player is putting up a dime of their own money for the contest is what has failed to pique McIlroy’s interest, then he is again likely to find many who agree with his view.

However, whether the showdown between Woods and Mickelson would have been a greater spectacle fifteen years ago compared to present day is debatable. Woods is currently a prohibitive favorite to win the contest on Thanksgiving Friday with odds of -225. But in 2003, an untouchable Woods against a major-less Mickelson could very well have been a mismatch.

The Match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson takes place on November 23 at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas.

What do you make of Mcilroy’s comments, GolfWRXers?

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