''The absolute deadline would be our policy board meeting in mid-November,'' said Duke Butler, vice president of tournament business affairs.
The tour likely will release its 2003 schedule incrementally, which is what the LPGA Tour has done the last couple of years.
One sticking point remains Labor Day. Butler said the PGA Tour already has sold the media rights to ABC Sports for a tournament that ends next year on Labor Day. Among cities on the short list are Seattle and Boston.
PGA Tour events aren't the only ones looking for sponsors. Portland-based retailer Fred Meyer Stores Inc. says it no longer will sponsor Peter Jacobsen's popular two-day charity event in Oregon.