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Colonial May Finish on Memorial Day in 2003

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The Colonial will probably conclude on Memorial Day in 2003 as part of a PGA Tour experiment to end tournaments on Mondays during holiday weekends.
 
'As far as I know, everything is a 'go,' ' Colonial tournament chairman Dee Finley said in Wednesday's Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 'I think it'll be exciting to have a Monday finish. We'll get extra network television exposure for the tournament.'
 
The tour will experiment with the Monday finish on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends during the 2003-06 seasons, the newspaper reported.
 
The idea, said tour officials, is to offer sports programming on Monday holidays under terms of the tour's new television contract.
 
Under the proposal, the tournament would run Friday through Monday, with the final three rounds on CBS.
 
Colonial's dates this season are May 16-19. Anticipated dates for 2003 would be May 23-26, with the Byron Nelson Classic slotted for May 15-18 in Irving, Texas.
 
Although the tour's 2003 schedule remains tentative, Colonial officials have held discussions about being the Memorial Day weekend event next season and are making plans toward that end.
 
Dennis Roberson, Colonial tournament manager, said club officials expect to discuss marketing plans over the summer for a Memorial Day finish in 2003.
 
Todd Budnick, a PGA Tour spokesman, confirmed the likelihood of Monday finishes in future seasons but said nothing will be official until the 2003 calendar is released later this summer.
 
Based on discussions with tour officials, Finley said Colonial would have only one scheduled Monday finish during the next four years, with other events expected to receive the Memorial Day weekend dates in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
 
In those years, Finley said plans call for Colonial to finish on the third Sunday in May, as will be the case this season.
 
The last Colonial to finish on Monday was in 1994, when Nick Price won on Memorial Day after play was postponed by Sunday rain.
 
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