PGA Tour sets dates for 2013

2012-11-01 07:50

Florida - With only minor tweaks ahead of a revamped scheduling format, the 2013 PGA Tour schedule released this week sets the stage for the 2013/14 season's new opening tournaments.

A 36-event season for 2013 will begin as in past years with the Tournament of Champions at Hawaii in January and conclude with the Tour Championship in Atlanta on September 19-22.

But only three weeks later, the tour will launch its new season and begin an era where seasons will launch in October and end with the Tour Championship rather than smaller events aimed at those seeking enough money to stay on tour.

The PGA's Mayakoba Classic in Mexico will move from a February date opposite the World Golf Championships Match Play Championship to a date at the start of the 2013/14 season schedule.

The Texas Open will shift from two weeks after the Masters to the week before the year's first major championship at Augusta National.

An off week during the season-ending playoffs will come between the second and third events with another off week ahead of the Presidents Cup, which will be staged the first week of October, just before the new season begins.

"We're extremely pleased with the continued stability and strength of the PGA Tour schedule," PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said.