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2016 PGA Tour schedule will feature busy summer stretch
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2016 PGA Tour schedule will feature busy summer stretch

Published Jul. 30, 2015 1:38 p.m. ET

We’re not even through the summer of ’15, but you’ll excuse us for drifting forward to the summer of ’16. Hey, it’s golf. It’s all about course-management and planning the next shot, right?

Anyway, you probably have heard that next summer will be a jam-packed slate thanks to accommodations made by golf’s return to the Olympic Games for the first time since 1904, and one look will show how fast-paced it will be. In a seven-week stretch starting June 16, the PGA Tour landscape will feature eight tournaments, including three majors and a World Golf Championship.

For marquee names who like to have three weeks off between starts, well, the summer of ’16 won’t be for you, that’s for sure. (The biggest move comes from the PGA of America, shifting its PGA Championship to late July, up from mid-August.)

And if you’re a major star and likely Olympics-bound (think Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy), you’re looking at five tournaments in nine weeks (U.S. Open, WGC-Bridgestone, British Open, PGA, Olympics) and maybe more if you favor regular PGA Tour stops such as the Quicken Loans or Travelers.


The schedule, expected to be released officially today by the Tour, again will be a “wraparound,” with the 2015 portion kicking off Oct. 15-18 at the Open. The fall will consist of seven tournaments over six weeks before the 2016 phase tees off Jan. 7-10 with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions (which will return to the traditional Thursday-Sunday schedule).

Some other highlights:

-- March 24-27 will mark the debut of Austin, Texas, as host city to the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship.

-- The major championships will be held at Augusta National (Masters), Oakmont (U.S. Open), Royal Troon (British Open) and Baltusrol (PGA Championship). The mention of Troon is particularly encouraging for red, white and blue loyalists, because Americans have won each of the past six British Opens there.

-- For just the second time since it moved to May in 2007, The Players Championship will not end on Mother’s Day. Instead, that final-round date will go to the Wells Fargo Championship (May 5-8). The Players Championship will be held the following week, May 12-15.

-- The switching of dates to accommodate the Olympics cost the Travelers and the John Deere Classic dates to which they had become accustomed. From right after the U.S. Open, the Travelers will push back to Aug. 4-7, behind the PGA Championship. And from right ahead of the British Open, the Deere will move to Aug. 11-14, opposite the Olympics. The biggest downside for the Deere is that Spieth likely will be at the Olympics and not defending at TPC Deere Run.

-- One scenario worth watching: If a player happens to be qualified for the Olympics, he should hope that he is all set on FedEx Cup points, because he’ll likely miss the Travelers and John Deere Classic and then have just one tournament, the Wyndham Championship, to make up ground.

-- Same tournament, different name. What is affectionately called “The Hope” by nearly everyone had for the last few years been called the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. A mouthful, yes. But so is the new name: The CareerBuilder Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.

-- No surprise that an off week is built into the FedEx Cup playoffs, but strange that it went before the Tour Championship and not between the Deutsche Bank Championship, which ends on a Monday, and the BMW Championship.


The schedule:


Oct. 15-18: Open

Oct. 22-25: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Oct. 29-1: CIMB Classic

Nov. 5-8: WGC-HSBC Champions

Nov. 5-8: Sanderson Farms Championship

Nov. 12-15: OHL Classic at Mayakoba

Nov. 19-22: The McGladrey Classic

Jan. 7-10: Hyundai Tournament of Champions

Jan. 14-17: Sony Open in Hawaii

Jan. 21-24: CareerBuilder Challenge

Jan. 28-31: Farmers Insurance Open

Feb. 4-7: Waste Management Phoenix Open

Feb. 11-14: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

Feb. 18-21: Northern Trust Open

Feb. 25-28: Honda Classic

March 3-6: WGC-Cadillac Championship

March 10-13: Valspar Championship

March 17-20: Arnold Palmer Invitational

March 24-27: WGC-Dell Match Play Championship

March 24-27: Puerto Rico Open

March 31-April 3: Shell Houston Open

April 7-10: Masters

April 14-17: RBC Heritage

April 21-24: Valero Texas Open

April 28-May 1: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

May 5-8: Wells Fargo Championship

May 12-15: The Players Championship

May 19-22: AT&T Byron Nelson Championship

May 26-29: Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial

June 2-5: Memorial Tournament

June 9-12: FedEx St. Jude Classic

June 16-19: U.S. Open

June 23-26: Quicken Loans National

June 30-July 3: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

June 30-July 3: Barracuda Championhip

July 7-10: Greenbrier Classic

July 14-17: British Open

July 14-17: Barbasol Championship

July 21-24: RBC Canadian Open

July 28-31: PGA Championship

Aug. 4-7: Travelers Championship

Aug. 11-14: Men’s Olympic Golf

Aug. 11-14: John Deere Classic

Aug. 18-21: Wyndham Championship

Aug. 25-28: The Barclays

Sept. 2-5: Deutsche Bank Championship

Sept. 5-11: BMW Championship

Sept. 15-18: OFF

Sept. 22-25: Tour Championship


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