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2006 PGA Tour schedule released

The U.S. PGA Tour announced a 48-tournament schedule for the 2006 season on Wednesday, offering a total prize fund in excess of $255 million.

The Tour will once again begin in Kapalua, Hawaii from January 5-8 with the elite winners only Mercedes Championship and conclude in November with the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

The Mercedes will be followed by the season's first full-field event the Sony Open in Honolulu.

The World Golf Championship events will open with the Accenture Match Play Championships in Carlsbad, California in February followed by the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in Akron Ohio in August.

The third stop of the lucrative series will be staged in Europe with The Grove playing host to WGC-American Express Championship, in Hertfordshire, England in late September.

The WGC World Cup will be held in December at a venue to be named later.

2006 PGA Tour Schedule

Jan 2-8 - Mercedes Championships, Kapalua, Hawaii

Jan 9-15 - Sony Open, Honolulu, Hawaii

Jan 16-22 - Bob Hope Classic, Palm Desert, Calif.

Jan 23-29 - Buick Invitational, San Diego, Calif.

Jan. 30-Feb 5 - FBR Open, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Feb 6-12 - Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Pebble Beach, Calif.

Feb 13-19 - Nissan Open, Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Feb 20-26 - WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Carlsbad, Calif.

20-26 - Tucson Open, Tucson, Ariz.

Feb 27- March 5 - Doral Open, Miami, Fla.

March 6-12 - Honda Classic, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

March 13-19 - Bay Hill Invitational, Orlando, Fla.

March 20-26 - The Players Championship, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

March 27-April 2 - BellSouth Classic, Duluth, Ga.

April 3-9 - The Masters, Augusta, Ga.

April 10-16 - Heritage, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

April 17-23 - Houston Open, Houston, Texas

April 24-30 - Zurich Classic of New Orleans TBD

May 1-7 - Wachovia Championship, Charlotte, N.C.

May 8-14 - Byron Nelson Championship, Irving, Texas

May 15-21 - The Colonial, Fort Worth, Texas

May 22-28 - St. Jude Classic, Memphis, Tenn.

May 29-June 4 - The Memorial Tournament, Dublin, Ohio

June 5-11 - Barclays Classic, Harrison, N.Y.

June 12-18 - U.S. Open, Mamaroneck, N.Y.

June 19-25 - Booz Allen Classic, Potomac, Md.

June 26-July 2 - Buick Championship, Cromwell, Conn.

July 3-9 - Western Open, Lemont, Ill.

July 10-16 - John Deere Classic, Silvis, Ill.

July 17-23 - British Open, Hoylake, U.K.

17-23 - B.C. Open, Endicott, N.Y.

July 24-30 - U.S. Bank Championship, Milwaukee, Wis.

July 31-Aug. 6 - Buick Open, Grand Blanc, Mich.

Aug. 7-13 - The International, Castle Rock, Colo.

Aug. 14-20 - PGA Championship, Medinah, Ill.

Aug. 21-27 - WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Akron, Ohio

21-27 - Reno Tahoe Open, Reno, Nev.

Aug. 28-Sept. 4 - Deutsche Bank Championship, Norton, Mass.

Sept. 4-10 - Bell Canadian Open, Ancaster, Ontario

Sept. 11-17 - 84 LUMBER Classic, Farmington, Pa.

Sept. 18-24 - Ryder Cup, Kildare, Ireland

18-24 - Texas Open, San Antonio, Texas

Sept. 25-Oct. 1 - WGC-American Express Championship, Hertfordshire, England

25-1 - Southern Farm Bureau Classic, Madison, Miss.

Oct. 2-8 - Chrysler Classic, Greensboro, N.C.

Oct. 9-15 - Las Vegas Invitational, Las Vegas, Nev.

Oct. 16-22 - Funai Classic, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Oct. 23-29 - Chrysler Championship, Tampa Bay, Fla.

Oct. 30-Nov. 5 - The Tour Championship, Atlanta, Ga.

November 3, 2005

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