PGA Tour Releases 2007 FedEx Schedule

By Golf Channel NewsroomJanuary 13, 2006, 5:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The PGA Tour has announced the inaugural FedEx Cup schedule for 2007, which features a strong sequencing of tournaments leading into the conclusive four-event Championship Series.
We are excited about the fact that the FedEx Cup season will feature a strong and regular spacing of significant opportunities for the worlds best players to compete against one another, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said. The major championships, The Players Championship, the World Golf Championships and the season-ending, four-event Championship Series will create and hold fan interest throughout the FedEx Cup season.
The schedule announcement follows the tours release Wednesday of a streamlined television package that makes CBS and NBC the network partners for six years and The Golf Channel the exclusive cable network provider for the tour through an unprecedented 15-year agreement. The full list of tournaments and their broadcast carrier follows.
The new FedEx Cup competition, a season-long points bonus program for players spanning 37 weeks, begins with the Mercedes Championships in Hawaii (Jan. 4-7) and concludes Sept. 13-16 with The Tour Championship presented by Coca-Cola.
The Championship Series, which focuses on the final push for the FedEx Cup title, will begin with the Barclays Classic in New York Aug. 23-26, followed by the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston Aug. 31-Sept. 3 and then the Championship Series/Chicago Sept. 6-9, before concluding at The Tour Championship. More specifics on the Championship Series will be given at a later date.
Other significant changes include:
  • A reorganized sequence through Florida that adds the Tampa Bay Championship (March 8-11) and the newly announced World Golf Championships-CA Championship at Doral Resort & Spa (March 22-25);
  • The Players Championship moving from March to May 10-13, followed by the BellSouth Classic, which switches from late March to May 17-20
  • The Shell Houston Open changing from late April to March 29-April 1
  • The 84 LUMBER Classics move from the fall to June 21-24, one week after the U.S. Open
  • The Bell Canadian Open moving from September to July 26-29
  • The Carolina Classic at Greensboro switching from October to August 16-19 to become the final FedEx Cup qualifying tournament before the Championship Series
    The tour will continue to schedule a second event opposite certain championships. Finchem today confirmed that the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee will play opposite the British Open (July 19-22) and that the new Mayakoba Classic at the Mayakoba Resort on the Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico, will be held opposite the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship (Feb. 22-25). It becomes the tours first official money event in Mexico. Finchem added that Reno-Tahoe is also under consideration for an opposite event, as is a potential new event in Puerto Rico at the Coco Beach Golf & Country Club.
    Once the FedEx Cup season concludes with The Tour Championship, the PGA Tour will enter the Fall Series, featuring six to seven official money tournaments that will determine the remainder of the 125 players eligible for the next years FedEx Cup. The entire series will be telecast on The Golf Channel.
    Finchem said the Fall Series has yet to be finalized, but that the tour was in discussion with the following events concerning the Fall Series: Valero Texas Open in San Antonio; FUNAI Classic at WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort in Orlando, Fla.; Southern Farm Bureau Classic in Madison, Miss.; Booz Allen Classic in Washington, D.C.; Hartford, Conn.; and Las Vegas.
    In regard to the B.C. Open in Endicott, N.Y., Finchem said, We are looking for a position elsewhere within the PGA Tour family for its continuation, either on the Champions Tour or Nationwide Tour. We believe it could perform well on either Tour.
    Additional details on the Championship Series, the Fall Series and the remaining opposite events will be provided in the coming weeks.
    A Summary of the 2007 FedEx Cup Tournaments:
    Jan. 1-7: Mercedes Championships -- TGC
    Jan. 8-14: Sony Open in Hawaii -- TGC
    Jan. 15-21: Bob Hope Chrysler Classic -- TGC
    Jan. 22-28: Buick Invitational -- TGC, CBS
    Jan. 29-Feb. 4: FBR Open -- TGC, NBC
    Feb. 5-11: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am -- TGC, CBS
    Feb. 12-18: Nissan Open -- TGC, CBS
    Feb. 19-25: World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play -- TGC, NBC
    Feb. 19-25: Mayakoba Classic at Riviera Maya (Mexico) -- TGC
    Feb. 26-March 4: The Honda Classic -- TGC, NBC
    March 5-11: Tampa Bay Championship -- TGC, NBC
    March 12-18: Bay Hill Invitational presented by MasterCard -- TGC, NBC
    March 19-25: World Golf Championships-CA Championship -- TGC, NBC
    March 26-April 1: Shell Houston Open -- TGC, NBC
    April 2-8: The Masters -- USA,CBS
    April 9-15: MCI Heritage -- TGC, CBS
    April 16-22: Zurich Classic of New Orleans -- TGC, CBS
    April 23-29: EDS Byron Nelson Championship -- TGC, CBS
    April 30-May 6: Wachovia Championship -- TGC, CBS
    May 7-13: The Players Championship -- TGC, NBC
    May 14-20: BellSouth Classic -- TGC, CBS
    May 21-27: The Colonial Invitational -- TGC, CBS
    May 28-June 3: Memorial Tournament Presented by Morgan Stanley -- TGC, CBS
    June 4-10: Stanford St. Jude Championship -- TGC, CBS
    June 11-17: U.S. Open -- ESPN, NBC
    June 18-24: 84 LUMBER Classic -- TGC, CBS
    June 25-July 1: Buick Open -- TGC, CBS
    July 2-8: The International -- TGC, CBS
    July 9-15: John Deere Classic -- TGC, CBS
    July 16-22: British Open -- TNT, ABC
    July 16-22: U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee -- TGC
    July 23-29: Bell Canadian Open -- TGC, CBS
    July 30-Aug. 5: World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational -- TGC, CBS
    Aug. 6-12: PGA Championship -- TNT, CBS
    Aug. 13-19: Carolina Classic at Greensboro -- TGC, CBS
    Aug. 20-26: Barclays Classic -- TGC, CBS
    Aug. 27-Sept. 3: Deutsche Bank Championship -- TGC, NBC
    Sept. 3-9: Championship Series (Chicago) -- TGC, NBC
    Sept. 10-16: The Tour Championship presented by Coca-Cola -- TGC, NBC
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    Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

    By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

    Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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    Rahm (62) fires career low round

    By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

    The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

    Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

    What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

    Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

    Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

    Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

    Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

    Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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    Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

    Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

    "Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

    Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.

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    Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

    "That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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    Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

    By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

    There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

    Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

    Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

    Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.


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    The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

    It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.