Friday, October 14, 2005

Texas Tournaments Appear Safe in New PGA Tour Schedule

The intrigue on the PGA Tour for the past couple months has been on the shape of the PGA Tour schedule come 2007, when a new television contract will start. Commissioner Tim Finchem has favored some major changes, including the shortening of the schedule and the moving of some big events.

The worry here, and in some tournament offices, was that one or more of the four Texas events might be dropped from the schedule. Well, worry no more.

The current issue of Golfweek has a great article on what's in store when the new schedule is announced, believed to be sometime in November. And it's all good for Texas.

According to Golfweek's sources, the Houston Open will remain in its current slot, and the Byron Nelson Classic will move up behind the Houston Open. The Nelson in Dallas and Colonial in Fort Worth have traditionally been played back to back, but the two Metroplex events would split up under the new schedule.

The biggest change by far is that the Texas Open, played in San Antonio on the same weekend as the Ryder Cup/Presidents Cup, would move into primetime with a date in mid-May. The Texas Open, according to the Golfweek schedule, will take place the week after The Players Championship and the week before Colonial.

This article is not yet posted at golfweek.com, but pick up a copy of the magazine at the newsstand. It's worth a read.

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