Monday, June 09, 2008

Demise of AT&T Classic Opens Spring Spot for Texas Open

San Antonio's PGA Tour Texas Open has been promised a better date on the PGA Tour schedule by Commissioner Tim Finchem. Currently stuck in the "afterthought" part of the schedule, the Fall Finish, the Texas Open nevertheless manages to lead PGA Tour events in charitable contributions. And with a move to new TPC facilities also on the near horizon, the tournament is poised for bigger things.

How soon might it move to a coveted Spring spot on the schedule? Perhaps very soon. Because the PGA Tour announced today the discontinuation of its Altanta event, the AT&T Classic, played this year in mid-May. And the week prior to Colonial.

Commissioner Tim Finchem referenced schedule changes in a non-specific way in the press release announcing the demise of the Atlanta event:

"With regard to the PGA TOUR, this development will create an adjustment in the 2009 schedule," Finchem said. "We are working through the process of filling the date. There will be a number of changes in the schedule for 2009 that will be announced in the next couple of weeks after our Policy Board meeting."

So stay tuned, because in "the next couple of weeks" we may hear of the Texas Open's move to May.

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