The new schedule was released on Wednesday and features 47 events, the same as 2011, and, more importantly for the Tour, two new title sponsors in La Quinta, Calif., and Hilton Head Island, S.C.
The most noticeable early-season change will be a Monday finish at the opener in Hawaii. The final round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions will be broadcast prior to the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 9.
The Byron Nelson Championship and Colonial switch dates in 2012, with the Fort Worth stop following The Players Championship; and The Greenbrier Classic has moved into the Fourth of July slot previously held by AT&T National, which will be played a week earlier and will shift back to Congressional Country Club near Washington, D.C.
The most drastic change, however, will occur during the Fall Series. Following the first three fall events (Las Vegas, California and Sea Island, Ga.) the Tour shifts to limited-field stops in Asia (CIMB Asia Pacific Classic and WGC-HSBC Champions). The season finale at Disney will be played Nov. 8-11, two weeks later than this year.