PGA Tour Announces 2006 Tournament Schedule
The 48-event season, with purses totaling over $255 million, opens the first week of January with the Mercedes Championships in Kapalua, Hawaii. That event welcomes the tournament winners from 2005 to open the season in the Aloha State.
The first slight change comes when the tour returns to the West Coast. The Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and the Buick Invitational exchanged places on the schedule with the Hope being the first event on the West Coast. That event will be played January 19-22.
The FBR Open in Scottsdale will again be played opposite the Super Bowl during the weekend of February 2-5. The first World Golf Championships event is three weeks later as David Toms will look to make it two straight at the Accenture Match Play Championship.
The tour shifts east the week after the Match Play and begins its run into the first major of the season. The Masters will be contested April 6-9 in Augusta and defending champion Tiger Woods will lead the field taking on the lengthened course.
From there, the next schedule change does not happen until the week prior to the U.S. Open. The Barclays Classic and the Booz Allen Classic exchanged spaces on the schedule.
The Barclays will be played the week prior to the national championship with the Booz Allen the week after. Michael Campbell will defend his title at the U.S. Open the weekend of June 15-18 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York.
The only major move for a single tournament comes the week following the Booz Allen when the Buick Championship shifts to June 29-July 2 after being played in late August in 2005.
That pushed the next 10 events back one week. In that 10-event stretch is the British Open, which Woods won at St. Andrews in 2005. He will defend at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.
Also in stretch is the PGA Championship. Phil Mickelson will look to win back- to-back PGA Championship crowns as the season's final major moves to Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois.
The following week offers the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio. That event was known at the WGC-NEC Invitational in its first seven years.
As the tour heads into the fall finish, the Ryder Cup will take place September 22-24 in Kildare, Ireland. The following week is the third WGC event of the year, the American Express Championship. That event will take place in Hertfordshire, England.
The American Express moved up one week from 2005, while the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro slides back one week to make room for the Amex. That is the final change from 2005 to 2006 on the schedule.
The final official event on the slate is the Tour Championship. That will be played November 2-5 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia.
The final of the four WGC events, the WGC-World Cup, will take place three weeks later from December 7-10.
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.
Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.
Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.