PGA Tour announces 2013 FedExCup Season schedule with notable changes

The PGA Tour has released the 2013 FedExCup Season schedule, which includes 36 regular season tournaments and the four FedExCup Playoff events, concluding with the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola Sept. 19-22.

Notable changes to the 2013 schedule include:

• The Mayakoba Golf Classic moves from its February slot opposite the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship to its own fall date as part of the beginning to the 2013-2014 FedExCup Season.

• Due to the Masters Tournament concluding on April 14, the Valero Texas Open moves from two weeks after the Masters to immediately before the Masters.

• The off week during the FedExCup Playoffs will fall between the second and third events, the Deutsche Bank Championship (Aug. 30-Sept. 2) and the BMW Championship (Sept. 12-15). Another off week falls between the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and The Presidents Cup, which will be held the week of Sept. 30 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, OH.

Also in 2013, there will be a slight increase in FedExCup points distribution for the three additional events scheduled opposite major championships and World Golf Championships – the Puerto Rico Open presented by, True South Classic and Reno-Tahoe Open. The winners of these events will earn 300 points, up from 250.

“We are extremely pleased with the continued stability and strength of the PGA Tour schedule,” PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said. “While the upcoming season is unique in that our traditional fall tournaments are shifting to the start of the 2013-2014 season, we are very excited about the upcoming change that will establish a definitive end to the PGA Tour season at the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola.”

As in 2012, the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, HI will conclude on a Monday (Jan. 7), allowing for tournament promotion by NBC and Golf Channel during NFL weekend games. The final round will be aired prior to college football’s Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game. Following the Sony Open in Hawaii (Jan. 10-13), the Tour moves to the mainland for the traditional West Coast swing over the next six weeks, beginning with the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation in La Quinta (Jan. 17-20) and concluding with the Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain (Feb. 20-24).

The Tour then moves primarily through the Southeast and Texas for 13 straight weeks, beginning with The Honda Classic (Feb. 28-March 3) and running through the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial (May 23-26).

The PGA Tour schedule continues through the Midwest and Northeast over the next seven weeks, beginning with the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club (May 30-June 2) through the John Deere Classic (July 11-14) in Silvis, IL. The U.S. Open will be contested at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, PA June 13-16.

That leads to the final five-week push to the FedExCup Playoffs, which includes the final two major championships – The Open Championship, July 18-21, at Muirfield in East Lothian, Scotland; and the PGA Championship, Aug. 8-11 at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, NY – as well as the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, Aug. 1-4. The Wyndham Championship concludes the stretch, finalizing the 125-player Playoff field.

The FedExCup Playoffs open Aug. 22-25 with The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Course in New Jersey City, NJ, then shift to the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston and BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club outside of Chicago, before concluding at the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

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