PGA Tour announces 2016 Tour schedule

The PGA TOUR has announced the 2016 Tour schedule, which features 25 tournaments, played in 15 states and five countries outside the United States, and culminates with the four-event Tour Finals in September and October.

The season-long chase for 50 available PGA TOUR cards encompasses a 21-event Regular Season that runs from next week’s season-opening Panama Claro Championship in late January through the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft-Heinz in late August and will end at the Tour Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida the week of October 3-9.

Bryden Macpherson Australia’s Bryden Macpherson secured his 2016 Tour Card after winning the 2015 PGA Tour China Series Order Of Merit (Credit: PGA Tour China)

“Entering our fourth year of the Tour serving as the primary path to the PGA TOUR, we are seeing the positive impact that the scheduling changes have had on the development of the next generation of TOUR stars,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “Three of the first four events in the 2015-16 TOUR season were won by players who competed in the Tour Finals, which continue to provide a dramatic ending to an exciting Regular Season for our fans.”

The 2016 season opens with back-to-back events in Latin America as the Panama Claro Championship in Panama City, Panama and the Club Colombia Championship presented by Claro in Bogota, Colombia kick off the Tour’s 27th season.

The inaugural Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship in the Dominican Republic will kick off a busy summer swing for the Tour during the week of May 30-5, with 12 tournaments in 13 weeks through June, July and August in advance of the Tour Finals.

New stops during the 12-tournament stretch include the Rust-Oleum Championship in Ivanhoe, Illinois on June 6-12, the Nashville Golf Open at Nashville Golf & Athletic Club in Brentwood, Tennessee on June 13-19, the LECOM Health Challenge in Clymer, New York on July 4-10 and the Lincoln Land Charity Championship at Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield, Illinois on July 11-17.

The Regular Season finale, the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Nabisco, will return to Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club the week of August 22-28 for a third straight year, where the first 25 PGA TOUR cards for the 2016-17 season will be determined.

The 2016 Finals will follow a week off after Portland, and will open with a new event – the DAP Championship benefitting the LeBron James Family Foundation – to be contested at Canterbury Golf Club in Beachwood, Ohio.

The Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco, one of the Tour’s original four events dating back to 1990, moves from the Regular Season to the Finals as the second of four season-ending tournaments.

The season-ending Tour Championship will finalise the second set of 25 PGA TOUR cards for 2016-17 and determine player positioning in the priority ranking system, which is used to form fields for TOUR events, for all 50 card recipients.

The Tour’s annual Qualifying Tournament again produced a strong rookie crop of players for the 2016 season, including former Georgia Tech star Ollie Schniederjans, trick shot and social media mogul Wesley Bryan and Taiwan’s Cheng-Tsung Pan, in addition to 2015 Order of Merit winners J.J. Spaun (Mackenzie Tour), Rodolfo Cazaubon (PGA TOUR Latinoamerica) and Australia’s Bryden Macpherson (PGA TOUR China).

2016 Tour Schedule

Jan 25-31Panama Claro Championship$625,000
Feb 1-7Club Colombia Championship$700,000
Mar 14-20Chitimacha Louisiana Open$550,000
Apr 28-3Brasil Champions$700,000
Apr 4-10Servientrega Championship$700,000
Apr 18-24El Bosque Mexico Championship$650,000
May 25-1United Leasing Championship$600,000
May 9-15Rex Hospital Open$650,000
May 16-22BMW Charity Pro Am$675,000
Jun 30-5Corales Puntacana Championship$625,000
Jun 6-12Rust-Oleum Championship$600,000
Jun 13-19Nashville Golf Open$550,000
Jun 20-26Air Capital Classic$625,000
Jul 4-10LECOM Health Challenge$600,000
Jul 11-17Lincoln Land Charity Championship$550,000
Jul 18-24Utah Championship$650,000
Jul 25-31Stonebrae Classic$600,000
Aug 1-7Digital Ally Open$650,000
Aug 8-14Price Cutter Charity Championship$675,000
Aug 15-21News Sentinel Open$550,000
Aug 22-28WinCo Foods Portland Open$800,000
Sep 5-11DAP Championship$1,000,000
Sep 12-18Albertsons Boise Open$1,000,000
Sep 19-25Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship$1,000,000
Oct Tour Championship$1,000,000