PGA Tour releases 2013 season schedule

The PGA Tour has released the 2013 FedEx Cup Season schedule which includes 36 Regular Season tournaments and the four FedEx Cup Playoff events, concluding with the Tour Championship on Sept. 19-22.

“We are extremely pleased with the continued stability and strength of the PGA Tour schedule,” PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said. “While the upcoming season is unique in that our traditional fall tournaments are shifting to the start of the 2013-2014 season, we are very excited about the upcoming change that will establish a definitive end to the PGA Tour season at the Tour.”

Brandt Snedeker Brandt Snedeker claimed the 2012 FedEx Cup (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Notable changes to the 2013 schedule include:

  • The Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico moves from its February slot opposite the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, to its own date as part of the beginning to the 2013-2014 FedEx Cup Season.

  • Due to the Masters Tournament concluding on April 14, the Valero Texas Open moves from two weeks after the Masters to immediately before the Masters.
  • The off week during the FedEx Cup Playoffs will fall between the second and third events, the Deutsche Bank Championship (Aug. 30-Sept. 2) and the BMW Championship (Sept. 12-15).
  • Another off week falls between the Tour Championship and The Presidents Cup, which will be held the week of Sept. 30 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, OH. 

Also in 2013, there will be a slight increase in FedEx Cup points for the three additional events scheduled opposite Major championships and World Golf Championships – the Puerto Rico Open, True South Classic and Reno-Tahoe Open. The winners of these events will earn 300 points, up from 250.

As in 2012, the season will open with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, HI, followed by the Sony Open in Hawaii before moving to the mainland for the traditional West Coast swing over the next six weeks – concluding with the Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain, AZ (Feb. 20-24).

The Tour then moves through the Southeast and Texas for 13 straight weeks, beginning with The Honda Classic (Feb. 28-March 3) and running through the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial (May 23-26).

The PGA Tour schedule continues through the Midwest and Northeast over the next seven weeks, beginning with the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club (May 30-June 2) through the John Deere Classic (July 11-14) in Silvis, IL.

The U.S. Open will be contested at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, PA from June 13-16, the first time the historic venue has hosted the Open since Australian David Graham’s victory in 1981.

That leads to the final five-week push to the FedExCup Playoffs, which includes the final two Major championships – The Open Championship from July 18-21 at Muirfield in Scotland and the PGA Championship from Aug. 8-11 at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, NY – as well as the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational from Aug. 1-4.

The Wyndham Championship concludes the stretch, finalising the 125-player Playoff field.

The FedEx Cup Playoffs open Aug. 22-25 with The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Course in New Jersey City, NJ, before shifting to the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston and BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club outside of Chicago.

The FedEx Cup will then be decided at the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.