PGA Tour releases 2011 schedule


PGA TourTHOUSAND OAKS, Calf. – The wait is over.

The PGA Tour released its 2011 schedule, a 41-event lineup that features five new title sponsors and a few tweaks but no dramatic changes.

After the traditional season-opening swing through Hawaii (Hyundai Tournament of Champions and Sony Open) the Tour moves to California for the Bob Hope Classic, one of four events without a title sponsor, and Farmers Insurance Open.

The Waste Management Open moved up three weeks to Feb. 3-6 from the last week in February this year, shifting the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship to the anchor spot on the West Coast swing.

The Byron Nelson Championship and Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial flipped weeks to round out March, while FedEx stepped in to title sponsor the Memphis stop the week before the U.S. Open

As earlier reported, the Viking Classic moved into the FedEx Cup portion of the schedule and will be played opposite the Open Championship, a spot formerly held by the Reno-Tahoe Classic which was moved opposite the WGC-Bridgestone Championship (Aug. 4-7) to replace the Turning Stone Resort stop.

The Tour also shifted the “off” week during the playoffs to after the Deutsche Bank Championship. In 2010 the bye week was after the BMW Championship in Chicago.

The entire Fall Series was condensed, down to four events from seven the first year of the playoffs in 2007, and moved ahead in the schedule. The Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open follows the Tour Championship Sept. 29-Oct. 2 followed by the Open (Oct. 6-9), McGladrey Classic (Oct. 13-16) and Children’s Miracle Network Classic (Oct. 20-23), which will be played three weeks earlier.

The fall was moved up to avoid a conflict with the Tour’s budding Asian swing – the Asia Pacific Classic (Oct. 27-30) and WGC-HSBC Champions (Nov. 3-6) – and gives players who may have to play Q-School sometime between the season finale and second stage.

“Those Asian events make more sense after Disney since the guys playing them aren’t in Tour school anyway,” said one member of the Tour’s Player Advisory Council.

There is also an “off” week following the HSBC event in China, giving players headed for the Presidents Cup in Australia a break.

Here is the complete 2011 PGA Tour schedule:

Jan. 6-9Hyundai Tournament of ChampionsKapalua, Hawaii
Jan. 13-16Sony Open in HawaiiHonolulu, Hawaii
Jan. 19-23Bob Hope ClassicLa Quinta, Calif.
Jan. 27-30Farmers Insurance OpenLa Jolla, Calif.
Feb. 3-6Waste Management Phoenix OpenScottsdale, Ariz.
Feb. 10-13AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-AmPebble Beach, Calif.
Feb. 17-20Northern Trust OpenPacific Palisades, Calif.
Feb. 23-27WGC-Accenture Match Play Champ.Marana, Ariz.
Feb. 24-27Mayakoba Golf Classic  Playa del Carmen, Mexico
March 3-6The Honda ClassicPalm Beach Gardens, Fla.
March 10-13WGC-Cadillac ChampionshipDoral, Fla.
March 10-13Puerto Rico OpenRio Grande, Puerto Rico
March 17-20Transitions ChampionshipPalm Harbor, Fla.
March 24-27Arnold Palmer InvitationalOrlando, Fla.
March 31-April 3Shell Houston OpenHumble, Texas
April 7-10The MastersAugusta, Ga.
April 14-17Valero Texas OpenSan Antonio, Texas
April 21-24The HeritageHilton Head Island, S.C.
April 28-May 1Zurich Classic of New OrleansAvondale, La.
May 5-8Wells Fargo ChampionshipCharlotte, N.C.
May 12-15The Players ChampionshipPonte Vedra Beach, Fla.
May 19-22Crowne Plaza InvitationalFort Worth, Texas
May 26-29HP Byron Nelson ChampionshipIrving, Texas
June 2-5The Memorial TournamentDublin, Ohio
June 9-12FedEx St. Jude ClassicMemphis, Tenn.
June 16-19U.S. OpenCongressional C.C.
June 23-26Travelers ChampionshipCromwell, Conn.
June 31-July 3AT&T NationalNewtown Square, Pa.
July 7-10John Deere ClassicSilvis, Ill.
July 14-17The Open ChampionshipRoyal St. George's, England
July 14-17Viking Classic  Madison, Miss.
July 21-24RBC Canadian OpenVancouver, B.C.
July 28-31The Greenbrier ClassicWhite Sulphur Springs, W. Va.
Aug. 4-7WGC-Bridgestone InvitationalAkron, Ohio
Aug. 4-7Reno-Tahoe Open  Reno, Nev.
Aug. 11-14PGA ChampionshipJohns Creek, Ga.
Aug. 18-21Wyndham ChampionshipGreensboro, N.C.
Aug. 25-28The BarclaysEdison, N.J.
Sept. 2-5Deutsche Bank ChampionshipNorton, Mass.
Sept. 15-18BMW ChampionshipLemont, Ill.
Sept. 22-25Tour ChampionshipAtlanta, Ga.
Sept. 29-Oct. 2Justin Timberlake SHC OpenLas Vegas, Nev.
Oct. OpenSan Martin, Calif.
Oct. 13-16The McGladrey ClassicSt. Simons Island, Ga.
Oct. 20-21Children's Miracle Network ClassicLake Buena Vista, Fla.
Oct. 27-30CIMB Asia Pacific ClassicSelangor, Malaysia
Nov. 3-6WGC-HSBC ChampionsShanghai, China
Nov. 17-20The Presidents CupMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
Nov. 24-27OMEGA Mission Hills World CupHainan Island, China