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The 2019 PGA Tour is the 104th season of the PGA Tour, and the 52nd since separating from the PGA of America. The season began on October 4, 2018.

2018–19 PGA Tour season
DurationOctober 4, 2018 (2018-10-04) – August 25, 2019 (2019-08-25)
Number of official events46
2019–20

Contents

Changes from the previous seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

The schedule contains 46 events, two fewer than the previous season. The schedule was shortened in an effort to complete the FedEx Cup Playoffs by the end of August.

As announced in 2017, the PGA Championship was moved from August to May on the weekend before Memorial Day, starting in 2019. The PGA of America cited the addition of golf to the Summer Olympics, as well as cooler weather enabling a wider array of options for host courses, as reasoning for the change. It was also believed that the PGA Tour wished to re-align its season so that the FedEx Cup Playoffs would not have to compete with the start of football season in late-August. Consequently, The Players Championship was moved from May back to March for the first time since 2006.[1][2][3][4]

EventsEdit

On hiatus: The Houston Open and Greenbrier Classic will not be played in the shortened season, but will return in autumn of 2019 as part of the 2020 PGA Tour schedule.[5]

New: Two new events were added to the schedule: the Rocket Mortgage Classic will be played at Detroit Golf Club in Detroit, Michigan, and the 3M Open will be played at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota.

Relocations: The WGC Invitational was relocated from Akron, Ohio to Memphis, Tennessee when FedEx took over sponsorship of the event. Firestone Country Club will no longer host a PGA Tour event, but the Senior Players Championship will now be contested there, with Bridgestone taking over as that event's title sponsor.[6]

Cancelled: The FedEx St. Jude Classic will cease now that the relocated WGC event, WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, will be played at the Classic's former location in Memphis. Quicken Loans National, played in the Washington, D.C. area, will no longer appear on the PGA Tour schedule. The FedEx Cup playoff event, Dell Technologies Championship, has also been removed from the schedule with the number of playoff events reducing to three. The Northern Trust will now alternate between New Jersey, and Boston (the site of the Dell Technologies Championship).[7]

RulesEdit

From January 1, 2019 onwards, tournaments followed the new rules released by the USGA and the R&A which were designed to speed up the pace of play. The most noticeable changes included golfers being able to putt on the green with the flag remaining in, and drops being made from knee rather than shoulder height.[8]

Prize moneyEdit

As well as changes to individual tournament prize funds, the FedEx Cup bonus money will double to $70 million, with the FedEx Cup champion getting $15 million. The winner of the The Tour Championship will now be the FedEx Cup champion. It will now begin with each player having an adjusted score relative to par which relates to the amount of FedEx Cup points accumulated (previously the Tour Championship was structured similar to other tournaments, and awarded FedEx Cup points).

In addition, the Wyndham Rewards Top 10 is introduced, which is a $10 million bonus that will be split between the FedEx Cup top 10 regular season finishers.[9]

2019 ScheduleEdit

The following table lists official events for 2018–19.[10]

Date Tournament Location Winner OWGR
points
Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
Notes
Oct 7 Safeway Open California   Kevin Tway (1) 28 6,400,000 1,152,000
Oct 14 CIMB Classic Malaysia   Marc Leishman (4) 48 7,000,000 1,260,000 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
Oct 21 CJ Cup South Korea   Brooks Koepka (5) 54 9,500,000 1,710,000
Oct 28 WGC-HSBC Champions China   Xander Schauffele (3) 66 10,000,000 1,700,000 World Golf Championships
Oct 28 Sanderson Farms Championship Mississippi   Cameron Champ (1) 24 4,400,000 792,000 Alternate event
Nov 4 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Nevada   Bryson DeChambeau (5) 40 7,000,000 1,260,000
Nov 11 Mayakoba Golf Classic Mexico   Matt Kuchar (8) 40 7,200,000 1,296,000
Nov 18 RSM Classic Georgia   Charles Howell III (3) 24 6,400,000 1,152,000
Jan 6 Sentry Tournament of Champions Hawaii   Xander Schauffele (4) 56 6,500,000 1,300,000 Winners-only event
Jan 13 Sony Open in Hawaii Hawaii   Matt Kuchar (9) 50 6,400,000 1,152,000
Jan 20 Desert Classic California   Adam Long (1) 42 5,900,000 1,062,000 Celebrity pro-am
Jan 27 Farmers Insurance Open California   Justin Rose (10) 60 7,100,000 1,278,000
Feb 3 Waste Management Phoenix Open Arizona   Rickie Fowler (5) 56 7,100,000 1,278,000
Feb 11[n 1] AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am California   Phil Mickelson (44) 46 7,600,000 1,368,000 Celebrity pro-am
Feb 17 Genesis Open California   J. B. Holmes (5) 64 7,400,000 1,332,000
Feb 24 WGC-Mexico Championship Mexico   72 10,250,000 1,745,000 World Golf Championships
Feb 24 Puerto Rico Open Puerto Rico   24 3,000,000 540,000 Alternate event
Mar 3 The Honda Classic Florida   6,800,000 1,224,000
Mar 10 Arnold Palmer Invitational Florida   9,100,000 1,638,000 Invitational
Mar 17 The Players Championship Florida   80 12,500,000 2,250,000 Flagship event
Mar 24 Valspar Championship Florida   6,700,000 1,206,000
Mar 31 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Texas   10,250,000 1,745,000 World Golf Championships
Mar 31 Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship Dominican Republic   24 3,000,000 540,000 Alternate event
Apr 7 Valero Texas Open Texas   7,500,000 1,350,000
Apr 14 Masters Tournament Georgia   100 11,000,000 1,980,000 Major championship
Apr 21 RBC Heritage South Carolina   6,900,000 1,242,000 Invitational
Apr 28 Zurich Classic of New Orleans Louisiana   7,500,000 1,080,000
(each)
Team event
May 5 Wells Fargo Championship North Carolina   7,900,000 1,422,000
May 12 AT&T Byron Nelson Texas   7,900,000 1,422,000
May 19 PGA Championship New York   100 11,000,000 1,980,000 Major championship
May 26 Charles Schwab Challenge Texas   7,300,000 1,314,000 Invitational
Jun 2 The Memorial Tournament Ohio   9,100,000 1,638,000 Invitational
Jun 9 RBC Canadian Open Ontario   7,600,000 1,368,000
Jun 16 U.S. Open California   100 12,000,000 2,160,000 Major championship
Jun 23 Travelers Championship Connecticut   7,200,000 1,296,000
Jun 30 Rocket Mortgage Classic Michigan   7,300,000 1,314,000 New tournament
Jul 7 3M Open Minnesota   6,400,000 1,152,000 New tournament
Jul 14 John Deere Classic Illinois   6,000,000 1,080,000
Jul 21 The Open Championship Northern Ireland   100 10,500,000 1,890,000 Major championship
Jul 21 Barbasol Championship Kentucky   24 3,500,000 630,000 Alternate event
Jul 28 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational Tennessee   10,250,000 1,745,000 World Golf Championships
Jul 28 Reno–Tahoe Tournament Nevada   24 3,500,000 630,000 Alternate event
Aug 4 Wyndham Championship North Carolina   6,200,000 1,166,000
Aug 11 The Northern Trust New Jersey   9,250,000 1,665,000 FedEx Cup Playoffs
Aug 18 BMW Championship Illinois   9,250,000 1,665,000 FedEx Cup Playoffs
Aug 25 Tour Championship Georgia   9,250,000 1,665,000 FedEx Cup Playoffs
  1. ^ Finished on Monday due to darkness.

Unofficial eventsEdit

The following events do not carry FedEx Cup points or official money.

Date Tournament Location Winner(s) OWGR
points
Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
Notes
Nov 23 Tiger vs. Phil[11] Nevada   Phil Mickelson n/a 9,000,000 9,000,000
2 man event
Nov 25 World Cup of Golf Australia   Belgium
Thomas Pieters & Thomas Detry
n/a 7,000,000 1,120,000
(each)
28 two-man teams
Dec 2 Hero World Challenge Bahamas   Jon Rahm 48 3,500,000 1,000,000 18-player field
Dec 9 QBE Shootout Florida   Patton Kizzire &
  Brian Harman
n/a 3,300,000 410,000
(each)
12 two-player teams
Dec 16 PNC Father-Son Challenge Florida   Davis Love III
& Dru Love
n/a 1,085,000 200,000 20 two-player teams

Location of tournamentsEdit

FedEx CupEdit

Points distributionEdit

The distribution of points for 2019 PGA Tour events is:

Finishing Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 30th 40th 50th 60th
Players & Majors 600 330 210 150 120 110 100 94 88 82 77 72 68 64 61 59 57 55 53 51 32 18 10 6
World Golf Championships 550 315 200 140 115 105 95 89 83 79 73 69 65 62 59 57 55 53 52 51 32 18 10 6
Other PGA Tour events 500 300 190 135 110 100 90 85 80 75 70 65 60 57 55 53 51 49 47 45 28 16 8.5 5
Alternatives 300 165 105 80 65 60 55 50 45 40 37.5 35 32.5 31 30.5 30 29.5 29 28.5 28 17 10 5 3
Playoff events 2000 1200 760 540 440 400 360 340 320 300 280 260 240 228 220 212 204 196 188 180 112 64 34 20

LeadersEdit

FedEx Cup standing of leading players correct as at 18 February 2019 (after completion of Genesis Open):

Pos. Player Players & Majors World Golf Championships Special Status Top 10 finishes in other PGA Tour regular season events Reg Season Points Playoffs TOUR Champ. Tmts Money $m[a]
PLY MAS PGA USO OPN CHA MEX MAT INV ARN MEM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 NoTr BMW Points Start Final Basic Top10 FedEx
1   Schauffele 1st 1st T10 1,239 7 3.40
2   Kuchar A 1st 1st T4 1,229 7 2.97
3   Woodland A T5 2nd T10 2nd T9 T7 930 8 2.63
4   Leishman A 1st T4 T3 T4 926 6 2.34
5   Howell III A T5 1st T8 6th 896 9 2.11
6   Thomas A T5 3rd 3rd 2nd 841 6 2.14
7   Mickelson A T2 1st 805 5 2.00
8   Rose 3rd 1st 720 3 1.89
9   Holmes A 9th 1st 707 8 1.79
10   DeChambeau A 1st 7th T10 706 4 1.74
11   Fowler A T4 1st 668 4 1.69
12   Tway A 1st 651 9 1.47
  1. ^ In addition to tournament prize money, the top ten regular season point scorers receive a share of a $10m bonus, and the $70m FedEx Cup bonus money is distributed based upon standings after the Tour Championship

Ref:[12][13]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Harig, Bob (August 10, 2017). "PGA Championship to move from August date to May in 2019". ESPN. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  2. ^ Shedloski, Dave (August 7, 2017). "The PGA Championship is moving to May and players are on board". Golf Digest. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  3. ^ "P.G.A. Championship Will Move from August to May in 2019". The New York Times. Reuters. August 8, 2017. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Herrington, Ryan (August 7, 2017). "The PGA Championship will be moving to May, sources say". Golf Digest. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "2018-19 PGA Tour golf schedule sees major changes, including big events being moved". CBS Sports. July 10, 2018.
  6. ^ "Senior Players Champ. replacing WGC at Firestone". Golf Channel. April 12, 2018.
  7. ^ "The Northern Trust to call New York/New Jersey home in 2019, Boston home in 2020". PGA Tour. July 10, 2018. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  8. ^ Herrington, Ryan (December 3, 2018). "Nine changes in the new Rules of Golf you absolutely need to know for 2019". Golf Digest. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  9. ^ "FedEx Cup Purse Rises to $70 Million, Winner to Take Home $15 Million". Sports Illustrated. September 18, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  10. ^ "PGA Tour unveils significantly revamped 2018-19 Season schedule". PGA Tour. July 10, 2018.
  11. ^ Murray, Ewan (November 22, 2018). "Woods v Mickelson is a $9m vulgar marketing exercise". The Guardian. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  12. ^ "FedCup Standings". PGA Tour. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Official Money". PGA Tour. Retrieved 18 February 2019.

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