HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – One of the most-often asked questions this year on the PGA Tour has been why the Heritage was moved from its traditional post-Masters date to this weekend. Wednesday at Harbour Town provided an answer.
According to Tour chief of operations Andy Pazder, the date change is a convoluted chain reaction that begins with The Players Championship’s historic slot the first week of May.
The Kentucky Derby, however, is scheduled for May 7 and, like The Players, is broadcast by NBC, which forced The Players to move to a week later (May 12-15), which was the Texas Open’s date.
But Texas Open officials hold an annual outing the Monday after their event that, Pazder said, generates millions in charitable donations and could not be played the Monday after Easter, which required Texas and Harbour Town to switch places.
Next year there will not be a conflict. “If this tournament (Heritage) is on our schedule it most likely will be played after the Masters,” Pazder said.