Timberlake event hopeful to be part of Tour's regular season in 2013


With a proposal on the table to change how PGA Tour players and Nationwide Tour players keep their tour, the fate of the Fall Series is in question. There are four events on the current autumn docket and the most often cited vision for the new alternative to Q-School is three events.

If there is change tournament officials at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open are hopeful their stop will be a part of the FedEx Cup schedule in 2013.

“Las Vegas is where we want to be,” tournament chairman Gary Dunwoody told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “We are committed to this city and community. I am convinced we’re going to be a FedEx Cup tournament here, hopefully in 2013. We’re committed as a board to making that happen. Las Vegas is a town that expects the biggest and best, and that’s what a FedEx event would give it. It gets you to another level.”

Dunwoody told the paper the Shriners turned down an opportunity to take over sponsorship of the Tour’s Tampa event, currently titled with eyewear maker Transitions. The national headquarters for Shriners Hospitals is in the Florida city.

Such a drastic change in the schedule for the Timberlake event would require the right date. Consider that Vegas winters can be trying on course situated in the middle of a desert, the climate would have to be right or the event would risk frost delays like those seen in Arizona-based tournaments in February.

As for the fate of the Tampa event, Transitions has their name on the event through 2012.