PGA Tour announces 2005 schedule
The PGA Tour will start the 2005 season along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, with the first two stops in Hawaii followed by the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines in San Diego.
The Tour released its '05 schedule Tuesday, featuring 48 events that begin Jan. 6 on Maui at the winners-only Mercedes Championships and end Nov. 6 in Atlanta at the Tour Championship.
2005 PGA Tour Schedule
It will be the earliest date for Torrey Pines in 25 years, a change brought on by a later date for the Super Bowl.
The FBR Open in Phoenix traditionally is played opposite the Super Bowl. It was bumped back one week to Feb. 3-6. The Buick Invitational will be played Jan. 20-23, and tournament director Tom Wilson isn't sure what to expect.
``One of the things I'm not real certain on is the course condition,'' Wilson said. ``It would be nice to have an extra two to three weeks. We'll have to see.''
Wilson also is curious to see if volunteer support changes because it is so close to the holiday. And while Torrey Pines usually gets some of the highest television ratings of the year -- the strong field typically includes Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson -- it will be going up against the AFC and NFC Championship games.
``We'd prefer to have it later, for all the reasons I just mentioned,'' Wilson said.
Otherwise, the schedule is not much different than this year.
There will be five weeks where two tournaments are played -- events opposite the British Open, Presidents Cup and the three World Golf Championships.
The Presidents Cup, which ended in a tie two years ago in South Africa between the International team and the United States, will return to Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Virginia on Sept. 22-25.
For the second time in two years, all three WGC events will be held in the United States -- the Accenture Match Play Championship at La Costa; the NEC Invitational at Firestone; and the American Express Championship at Harding Park in San Francisco.
The Tour waited to release the '05 schedule to finalize two new sponsorship deals. The Barclays Classic will be played June 23-26 at Westchester Country Club, taking over title sponsorship from the Buick Classic; and the Zurich Classic of New Orleans will move to the TPC of Louisiana, taking over sponsorship from Hewlett-Packard.
The only other significant course change is the Booz Allen Classic outside Washington, which will move next year to fabled Congressional Country Club and be played June 9-12, the week before the U.S. Open.
The Canadian Open, which rotates courses every year, will be played Sept. 8-11 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver.
The Masters will be played April 7-10 at Augusta National. The other three majors will be played at Pinehurst No. 2 (U.S. Open), St. Andrews (British Open) and Baltusrol (PGA Championship).
Jan. 6-9 - Mercedes Championships, Plantation Course at Kapalua, Kapalua, Hawaii
Jan. 13-16 - Sony Open, Waialae CC, Honolulu
Jan. 20-23 - Buick Invitational, Torrey Pines (North and South), San Diego
Jan. 26-30 - Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, PGA West-Palmer Private; Indian Wells; La Quinta; and Bermuda Dunes, La Quinta, Calif.
Feb. 3-6 - FBR Open, TPC of Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Feb. 10-13 - AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Pebble Beach; Spyglass Hill; and Poppy Hills, Pebble Beach, Calif.
Feb. 17-20 - Nissan Open, Riviera CC, Los Angeles
Feb. 23-27 - WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, La Costa Resort and Spa, Carlsbad, Calif.
Feb. 24-27 - Chrysler Classic of Tucson, Omni Tucson National Golf Resort and Spa, Tucson, Ariz.
March 3-6 - Ford Championship, Doral Golf Resort and Spa (Blue Course), Miami
March 10-13 - Honda Classic, Country Club at Mirasol (Sunrise Course), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
March 17-20 - Bay Hill Invitational, Bay Hill Golf Club and Lodge, Orlando, Fla.
March 24-27 - The Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass (Stadium Course), Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
March 31-April 3 - Bellsouth Classic, TPC at Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga.
April 7-10 - The Masters, Augusta National GC, Augusta, Ga.
April 14-17 - MCI Heritage, Harbour Town GL, Hilton Head Island, S.C.
April 21-24 - Shell Houston Open, Redstone GC (Jacobsen/Hardy Course), Houston
April 28-May 1 - Zurich Classic of New Orleans, TPC of Louisiana, Avondale, La.
May 5-8 - Wachovia Championship, Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C.
May 12-15 - EDS Byron Nelson Championship, TPC at Four Seasons Resort and Cottonwood Valley, Las Colinas, Texas
May 19-22 - Bank of America Colonial, Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas
May 26-29 - FedEx St. Jude Classic, TPC at Southwind, Memphis, Tenn.
June 2-5 - Memorial Tournament, Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio
June 9-12 - Booz Allen Classic, Congressional CC (Blue Course), Potomac, Md.
June 17-20 - U.S. Open, Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst, N.C.
June 24-27 - Barclays Classic, Westchester CC, Harrison, N.Y.
June 30-July 3 - Western Open, Cog Hill Golf and CC, Lemont, Ill.
July 7-10 - John Deere Classic, TPC at Deere Run, Silvis, Ill.
July 14-17 - British Open, St. Andrews (Old Course), St. Andrews, Scotland
July 14-17 - B.C. Open, En-Joie GC, Endicott, N.Y.
July 21-24 - U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, Brown Deer Park GC, Milwaukee
July 28-31 - Buick Open, Warwick Hills Golf and CC, Grand Blanc, Mich.
Aug. 4-7 - The International, Castle Pines GC, Castle Rock, Colo.
Aug. 11-14 - PGA Championship, Baltusrol GC, Springfield, N.J.
Aug. 18-21 - WGC-NEC Invitational, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio
Aug. 18-21 - Reno-Tahoe Open, Montreux Golf and CC, Reno, Nev.
Aug. 25-28 - Buick Championship, TPC at River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.
Sept. 2-5 - Deutsche Bank Championship, TPC of Boston, Norton, Mass.
Sept. 8-11 - Bell Canadian Open, Shaughnessy Golf and CC, Vancouver, British Columbia
Sept. 15-18 - 84 Lumber Classic of Pennsylvania, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa (Mystic Rock Course), Farmington, Pa.
Sept. 22-25 - The Presidents Cup, Robert Trent Jone GC, Lake Manassas, Va.
Sept. 22-25 - Valero Texas Open, LaCantera GC, San Antonio
Sept. 29-Oct. 2 - Chrysler Classic of Greensboro, Forest Oaks CC, Greensboro, N.C.
Oct. 6-9 - WGC-American Express Championship, Harding Park GC, San Francisco
Oct. 6-9 - Southern Farm Bureau Classic, Annandale GC, Madison, Miss.
Oct. 13-16 - The Championship at Las Vegas, TPC at Summerlin, TPC at The Canyons, Bear's Best, Las Vegas
Oct. 20-23 - Funai Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort (Magnolia and Palm), Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Oct. 27-30 - Chrysler Championship, Westin Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead Course), Palm Harbor, Fla.
Nov. 3-6 - Tour Championship, East Lake GC, Atlanta
x-Nov. 7-8 - Tommy Bahama Challenge, Grayhawk GC, Scottsdale, Ariz.
x-Nov. 10-13 - Franklin Templeton Shootout, Tiburon GC, Naples, Fla.
x-Nov. 17-20 - WGC-World Cup, TBA
x-Nov. 26-27 - Merill Lynch Skins Game, Trilogy GC at La Quinta, La Quinta, Calif.
x-Dec. 8-11 - Target World Challenge, Sherwood CC, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
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