PGA Tour Releases 2007 FedEx Schedule

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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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