New PGA Tour schedule boosts Aust hopes

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The WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational will be one of four World Golf Championships events on the 2018-19 PGA TOUR calendar sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours.

The US PGA Championship has been moved from August to May as part of a revamp which will see the PGA Tour season end before the start of the National Football League campaign. "The New York and New Jersey Metropolitan area and Boston are consistently recognized as being two of the largest and most passionate fan bases in sports, and that includes their support of the PGA TOUR over the years".

The 2019 season will also see the introduction of two new events: the 3M Open in Minnesota and the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.

In a scheduling quirk, the Houston Open and Greenbrier will not be on the 2018-19 schedule, but only because they're moving to the fall and will be on the 2019-20 slate.

Also announced previously is the final World Golf Championships event of the season, until now staged in Akron, Ohio, will be held July 22-28 at TPC Southwind in Memphis as the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational (replacing the FedEx St. Jude Classic).

The overhauled calendar, created to end before the National Football League season kicks off, will conclude with the Tour Championship from August 19-25 at Atlanta's East Lake Club.

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How will the PGA Tour crown its FedEx Cup champion? The Players Championship takes its new date in March and is followed by the Valspar Championship, giving Florida a swing of four consecutive events.

PGA TOUR Commissioner, Jay Monahan, directly admitted that the shortened schedule was due to the effect of competing with the NFL and college football seasons. THE PLAYERS Championship will move from March to May with the PGA Championship. After losing his TOUR card, he regained PGA TOUR eligibility by winning the 2014 Tour Championship and finishing as the season's leading money victor.

The PGA Championship will be May 16-19 at Bethpage Black on Long Island, splitting part of the Texas swing - the AT& T Byron Nelson in Dallas will be the week before the PGA, and the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial will be the week after the PGA.

The three rotating major championships add historical notes to the schedule.

The Canadian Open will move from late July to June 6-9 as a lead-in to the US Open the following week.

The tour really gets busy at the British Open, set for next year at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.