Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri is excited about the changes in the latest schedule released by the PGA Tour for the 2018-19 season.
Ending the PGA Tour season before the start of NFL and college football has always been discussed as imperative to the health of those events.
Two new tournaments - the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, Mich. (June 24-30) and the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Minnesota (July 1-7) - were added to the mix.
The Puerto Rico Open will return after being cancelled this year due to the devastation from Hurricane Maria. Look at this run of tournaments starting with Pebble Beach in February and continuing with the Genesis Open at Riviera, WGC-Mexico Championship, Honda Classic, Arnold Palmer Invitational, Players Championhip, Valspar Championship, WGC-Dell Match Play, Valero Texas Open and Masters. THE PLAYERS Championship will move from March to May with the PGA Championship.
The PGA play-offs will now start from Aug 8-11 with the Northern Trust, which will be played near NY in 2019 and Boston in 2020 as the cities exchange host rights each year, rather than each hosting a play-off event as they will this year.
The Girls Junior PGA Championship is open to females who are no older than 18 years of age on July 12, 2018.
PGA TOUR Commissioner, Jay Monahan, directly admitted that the shortened schedule was due to the effect of competing with the NFL and college football seasons. "The earlier start and finish of the FedExCup Playoffs creates the most compelling season possible for our players, fans and partners". "This will enhance the visibility of the FedEx Cup play-offs and overall fan engagement with the PGA Tour and the game as a whole".
Monahan credited FedEx, umbrella sponsor of the FedExCup, title sponsors and host organizations for their crucial role with the revamped schedule. THE NORTHERN TRUST will remain the first FedExCup Playoffs event and continue to welcome the top 125 in the FedExCup standings when it returns to Liberty National Golf Club in 2019. The FedEx Cup playoffs will end a month earlier and be condensed from four events to three, with the first tournament - the Northern Trust - rotating between NY and Boston.
Still to be determined is when the new fall schedule will begin in 2019 and how many tournaments will be part of it.