PGA Tour cut FedExCup play-offs to three events in 2018-19 schedule


PGA Tour cut FedExCup play-offs to three events in 2018-19 schedule

The PGA Tour is expected to announce a revamped playoff format later this year. The Houston Open and A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier are moving to the fall and will be played next as part of the 2019-20 schedule. It will replace the 3M Championship, which is now a stop on the Champions Tour.

The BMW Championship will be the middle event for the leading 70 players in the FedExCup standings, while TPC Boston will host the Northern Trust on alternate years from 2020 after the Dell Technologies Championship removed from the schedule.

The decision to remove Boston as an annual stop was one of many as the PGA Tour trimmed the schedule by one to 46 tournaments and the playoffs from four events to three to avoid the start of college football and the NFL.

The PGA and LPGA tours are teaming with a global professional services firm to initiate a first-of-its-kind contest, a season-long risk-reward competition that will pay a $1 million bonus to the men's and women's winners.

"It's been our stated objective for several years to create better sequencing of our tournaments that golf fans around the world can engage in from start to finish", said PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan.

Preparations for the final Dell Technologies Championship are underway and the 100-player field will have its unique Monday finish for one last time on September 3.

The 101st PGA Championship will be staged May 16-19 at Bethpage Black with the US Open four weeks later at Pebble Beach June 13-16 and the British Open concluding the major schedule July 18-21 at Portrush in Northern Ireland. Puerto Rico is slotted for February 18-24, the same week as the WGC-Mexico Championship. Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament takes its usual spot two weeks before the U.S. Open, with the Canadian Open in between.

The Aon Risk Reward Challenge will be operated through a multi-platform strategy that includes broadcast integration with CBS and Golf Channel, the use of PGA Tour and LPGA digital platforms, and brand engagement at events.

The PGA TOUR has held a tournament in Memphis every year since 1958 with Colonial Country Club playing host until the event moved permanently to TPC Southwind in 1989.