According to the draft, the biggest changes so far will occur during the West Coast Swing. Following the Tour’s two-tournament swing through Hawaii (SBS Championship and Sony Open) the mainland portion of the schedule starts at the Bob Hope Classic followed by Torrey Pines, which is searching for a new title sponsor after Buick stepped down.
The FBR Open, normally played the last weekend of January, will anchor the West Coast swing instead of the WGC-Match Play Championship. The move is temporary, however, and the event will reportedly move back into its traditional Super Bowl weekend slot after 2010.
The Florida Swing remains the same (Honda Classic, WGC-CA Championship/Puerto Rico Open, Transitions Championship, Arnold Palmer Invitational) as does the run up to the Masters (April 8-11) and U.S. Open (June 17-20), which will be played at Pebble Beach and will again be followed by the Travelers Championship June 24-27.
Some have speculated the Tour is delaying the release of the schedule to fill sponsorship holes – 11 title and presenting sponsorships expire at the end of 2010, with FBR and Verizon (Hilton Head) having already announced they will not renew.
U.S. Bank pulled its sponsorship of the Milwaukee stop earlier this year and it doesn’t seem likely organizers will find a replacement in time leading some to speculate the Turning Stone Resort Championship, the cream of the Fall Series crop with a $6 million purse but dogged by bad weather in September and October, could step into Milwaukee’s date opposite the British Open.
Draft 2010 schedule
Jan. 4-10 – SBS Championship
Jan. 11-17 – Sony Open
Jan. 18-24 – Bob Hope Classic
Jan. 25-31 – Buick Invitational
Feb. 1-7 – Northern Trust Open
Feb. 8-14 – AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Feb. 15-21 – WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
Feb. 22-28 – FBR Open
March 1-7 – Honda Classic
March 8-14 – WGC-CA Championship/Puerto Rico Open
March 15-21 – Transitions Championship
March 22-28 – Arnold Palmer Invitational
March 29-April 4 – Shell Houston Open
April 5-11 – The Masters
April 12-18 – Verizon Heritage
April 19-25 – Zurich Classic of New Orleans
April 26-May 2 – Quail Hollow Championship
May 3-9 – Players Championship
May 10-16 – Valero Texas Open
May 17-23 – HP Byron Nelson Championship
May 24-30 – Crown Plaza Invitational
May 31-June 6 – Memorial
June 7-13 – St. Jude Classic
June 14-20 – U.S. Open
Second half of season TBD