US golf’s PGA Tour has announced the first six tournaments that will be played as part of a restructured calendar in 2013-14.
The Tour’s Policy Board earlier this year approved a proposal for the season to run from October to September, as opposed to January to December, as at present, from next year.
As a result, the season will now culminate with the Tour Championship, the climax to the year-long FedExCup, in late-September.
All six tournaments will award full FedExCup points and be televised on Golf Channel, the specialist channel owned by Comcast, the US cable giant.
Three will be contested outside USA, including the last of the six events, the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, Mexico from November 14 to 17.
Andy Pazder, chief of operations for the PGA Tour, said: “We are very pleased that the start to the 2013-2014 PGA Tour season features such strong events, including several international tournaments. Due to the change from the traditional calendar season to the newly configured schedule that bridges two calendar years, we felt it was important to announce this first portion of the schedule.”
The 2013-2014 season will get underway with the Frys.com Open from October 10 to 13 in San Martin, California, the week after the 2013 Presidents Cup, the biennial contest between USA and a combined international team from outside Europe.
Other early USA-based tournaments will be played in Las Vegas and Sea Island, Georgia, with Selangor, Malaysia and Shanghai, China also hosting events.