Minnesota PGA Tour stop scheduled for July 4 week in 2019

Minnesota PGA Tour stop scheduled for July 4 week in 2019

The PGA Tour's 2018-19 season will look significantly different than in years past, a reality for months that became official Tuesday when commissioner Jay Monahan announced the details. Practice rounds will be held early in the week, with the first round of the tournament set for Thursday, July 4.

The schedule includes multiple changes previously announced, including new events in Detroit (Rocket Mortgage Classic June 24-30) and Minnesota (3M Open at TPC Twin Cities July 1-7).

Houston and Greenbrier are to return to the fall portion of the schedule in 2019.

The FedExCup Playoffs will move from four events to three next year, featuring the Northern Trust, the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship. "It's been our stated objective for several years to create better sequencing of our tournaments that golf fans around the world can engage in from start to finish. This will enhance the visibility of the FedEx Cup playoffs and overall fan engagement with the PGA Tour and the game as a whole".

The other three majors will remain in their traditional spots on the PGA Tour schedule. Puerto Rico is slotted for February 18-24, the same week as the WGC-Mexico Championship. Key to the changes was the PGA Championship moving from August to May, and The Players Championship returning to March.


Preparations for the final Dell Technologies Championship are underway and the 100-player field will have its unique Monday finish for one last time on September 3.

The PGA Championship will be May 16-19 at Bethpage Black on Long Island, splitting part of the Texas swing - the AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas will be the week before the PGA, and the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial will be the week after the PGA.

The Canadian Open will move from late July to June 6-9 as a lead-in to the US Open the following week. The details of the competition, which will be sponsored by Aon, have yet to be completed, but a running tally of the players' scores on the designated holes will be kept and the standings will be updated weekly and publicized on each tour's various media platforms, including CBS for the men, and Golf Channel for the women.

The new agreement begins in 2019 and goes through 2023.

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