Yes, it’s back already: 2019-20 PGA Tour kicks off
New events, some new dates and changes in field sizes are just some of the aspects golf fans can look forward to when the ‘wrap-round schedule’ of the US PGA Tour kicks off this week.
First-up this Thursday is the Military Tribute at the Greenbrier, which is one of 11 tournaments that will be played before the Americans take a break to celebrate Thanksgiving in the last week of November.
Kevin Na with the 2018 Greenbrier Classic trophy (Credit: PGA Tour)
That’s the most events since the wrap-round schedule was introduced.
And the biggest change is probably the field sizes…instead of the traditional top 70 and ties to make the cut, the Tour has changed that to the top 65 plus ties, starting from this week.
There are two new events on what the US is referring to as the ‘Fall calendar’.
The ZOZO Championship becomes the first annual PGA Tour event to be held in Japan and will be part of the Asian swing, taking the place of the CIMB Classic.
Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club is the host venue at Chiba Prefecture, played the week of October 21.
A week later, the Bermuda Championship takes place at Port Royal Golf Club in Southampton and will be the first official Tour event on the island and will be sponsored by the Bermuda Tourism Authority.
And as far as date changes, well, two tournaments will make their return to the PGA Tour after one-year absences as the Tour re-adjusted its schedule.
A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier is the lead-off event this fall.
It was last played in July 2018, with Kevin Na emerging victorious at the Old White TPC.
The Houston Open is the fifth event of the fall; it was previously held the week before the Masters.
The Golf Club of Houston, which has been the tournament venue since 2003, will be the site of this year’s event which was last played in April, 2018, with Ian Poulter the winner.
And there will also be a host of new faces on the tour with names like Tom Lewis, Xinjun Zhang, Scottie Scheffler, Maverick McNealy and Scott Harrington among those desperate to make their presence felt – and as early as they possibly can.