Ponte Vedra Beach - Jay Monahan might have been overly
ambitious when he said he hoped to have next year's PGA Tour schedule ready to
announce at The Players Championship.
The commissioner is not in a big rush,
and there remain a few moving parts.
And it goes beyond finding a title sponsor for the Houston
The Houston Open currently is slotted for the week before
the US Open next year, and tour officials remain confident it will be on the
schedule. The final piece of the puzzle is the section between the US Open
and the British Open.
The John Deere Classic has been held the week before the
British Open since 2004, except for in 2016 because of the Olympics.
"Our hope is to keep our traditional date,"
tournament director Clair Peterson said.
The PGA Tour wants to wrap up the FedEx Cup playoffs before
football season, and not just the start of the NFL. The plan is for the season
to end before college football gets started, which means finishing a week
before Labor Day.
The FedEx St. Jude Invitational, which becomes a World Golf
Championship next year, would be played the week after the British Open.
Players would have to get from Northern Ireland (Royal Portrush hosts the Open
in 2019) straight to Memphis, Tennessee.
That would be followed by the Wyndham Championship, and then
straight into three FedEx Cup playoff events with the Tour Championship ending
on August 25.
The Travelers Championship is likely to stay put the week
after the US Open. The other three weeks would be filled with the RBC
Canadian Open, the John Deere Classic and a new tournament in Detroit.
are being finalised for Quicken Loans to be the title sponsor, though it would
not involve the Tiger Woods Foundation.
Two weeks before the British Open, the tournament dates next
year would be July 4-7.
July Fourth has become problematic for some tournaments
because family holidays make it difficult to secure volunteers, among other
And that's just next year.
Still to come is the next Olympic year in 2020 when the
Summer Games go to Tokyo. Among the discussions is whether the PGA Tour will go
dark during the Olympics. Last time, the John Deere Classic was played during