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2013 PGA Tour schedule released
October 30, 2012

The 2013 PGA TOUR schedule was released on Monday.

A few notes on the schedule …

NEW COURSES: Outside of the majors, there are three course changes from the 2012 schedule. But only one involves a course hosting its first TOUR event - Conway Farms Golf Club outside of Chicago, site of the BMW Championship. The course is familiar, however, to Luke Donald, since he lives nearby and plays there often. Should Donald advance to the BMW Championship, expect him to be one of the favorites. The other two changes are at the RBC Canadian Open (Glen Abbey instead of Hamilton) and The Barclays (Liberty National instead of Bethpage State Park). Liberty National is hosting its second Barclays and will once again offer scenic shots of the nearby Statue of Liberty.

SWITCHING ORDER: The tournament held the week before the Masters will once again be played in Texas, but it won’t be the Shell Houston Open. Instead, the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio will have the spot in the week prior to Augusta. The Shell Houston Open will be played the week before the Valero Texas Open, which in 2012 was played two weeks after the Masters.

MONDAY FINISHES: Two tournaments on the schedule once again have scheduled their final rounds for a Monday. The season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions will end on Monday, Jan. 7, while the Deutsche Bank Championship will finish on Labor Day Monday on Sept. 2.

MAJOR VENUES: The three courses outside of Augusta National that will host the majors this year are Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. (U.S. Open); Muirfield in Scotland (British Open); and Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y. (PGA Championship).

OFF-WEEK SWITCH: Unlike in 2012, when the off-week of the FedExCup Playoffs came after the third event, this year the off-week will evenly split the four tournaments. After the Labor Day finish of the Deutsche Bank Championship, the top 70 in FedExCup points will have an extra week to prepare for the BMW Championship. The Playoff finale, the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, will take place the following week.

MORE FEDEXCUP POINTS: The winners of the three additional events scheduled opposite major championships and World Golf Championships – the Puerto Rico Open presented by, the True South Classic and the Reno-Tahoe Open – will receive 300 FedExCup points this year, an increase from the previous 250.

DOUBLE DUTY: Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, will have a busy schedule this year. Not only is it the site of Jack Nicklaus’ annual event, the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance in late May, but it will also be the site of this year’s Presidents Cup from Sept. 30-Oct. 6.

ODDS AND ENDS: Just one tournament will get a new name this year. The former Transitions Championship is now called the Tampa Bay Championship … 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 of the 2013-14 FedExCup season. Of course, golf fans in Mexico also have PGA TOUR Latinoamerica to follow. … The state of Florida has five TOUR events in 2013, most of any state. California and Texas have four tournaments each.

2013 PGA Tour schedule

Jan. 4-7 - Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Plantation Course, Kapalua, Hawaii

Jan. 10-13 - Sony Open, Waialae CC, Honolulu

Jan. 17-20 - Humana Challenge, PGA West (Palmer Private, Nicklaus Private), La Quinta CC, La Quinta, California

Jan. 24-27 - Farmers Insurance Open, Torrey Pines GC (North and South), San Diego

Jan. 31-Feb. 3 - Waste Management Phoenix Open, TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona

Feb. 7-10 - AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, Monterey Peninsula (Shore Course), Pebble Beach, California

Feb. 14-17 - Northern Trust Open, Riviera CC, Los Angeles

Feb. 20-24 - WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Ritz-Carlton GC at Dove Mountain, Marana, Arizona

Feb. 28-March 3 - Honda Classic, PGA National GC, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

March 7-10 - WGC-Cadillac Championship, TPC Blue Monster at Doral, Doral, Florida

March 7-10 - Puerto Rico Open, Trump International GC, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

March 14-17 - Tampa Bay Championship, Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead Course), Palm Harbor, Florida

March 21-24 - Arnold Palmer Invitational, Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Florida

March 28-31 - Shell Houston Open, Redstone GC (Tournament Course), Houston

April 4-7 - Valero Texas Open, TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks Course), San Antonio

April 11-14 - Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC, Augusta, Georgia

April 18-21 - RBC Heritage, Harbourtown GL, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

April 25-28 - Zurich Classic, TPC Louisiana, New Orleans

May 2-5 - Wells Fargo Championship, Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina

May 9-12 - The Players Championship, TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium Course), Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

May 16-19 - HP Byron Nelson Championship, TPC Four Seasons Resort, Las Colinas, Texas

May 23-26 - Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas

May 30-June 2- Memorial Tournament, Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio

June 6-9 - FedEx St. Jude Classic, TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee

June 13-16 - U.S. Open, Merion GC, Ardmore, Pennsylvania

June 20-23 - Travelers Championship, TPC River Highlands, Hartford, Connecticut

June 27-30 - AT&T National, Congressional CC (Blue Course), Bethesda, Maryland

July 4-7 - The Greenbrier Classic, The Greenbrier (The Old White TPC), White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

July 11-14 - John Deere Classic, TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Illinois

July 18-21 - British Open, Muirfield, Gullane, Scotland

July 18-21 - True South Classic, Annandale GC, Madison, Mississippi

July 25-28 - RBC Canadian Open, Glen Abbey GC, Oakville, Ontario

Aug. 1-4 - WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Firestone CC (South Course), Akron, Ohio

Aug. 1-4 - Reno-Tahoe Open, Montreaux Golf & CC, Reno, Nevada

Aug. 8-13 - PGA Championship, Oak Hill CC, Rochester, New York

Aug. 15-18 - Wyndham Championship, Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, North Carolina

Aug. 22-25 - The Barclays, Liberty National, Jersey City, New Jersey

Aug. 30-Sept. 2 - Deutsche Bank Championship, TPC Boston, Norton, Massachusetts

Sept. 12-15 - BMW Championship, Conway Farms GC, Lake Forest, Illinois

Sept. 19-22 - Tour Championship, East Lake GC, Atlanta

Oct. 3-6 - Presidents Cup, Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio

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