The Senior British Open became not only an official event but it was named as a fifth major championship. The event will tee off on July 24-27 at the Ailsa Course at Westin Turnberry Resort in Scotland.
The Tradition, which was normally the first major of the season, experienced changes in 2003. The tournament was moved from Arizona to Portland, Oregon, the date was pushed back to August 28-31 and the championship is now sponsored by JELD-WEN.
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The remaining three major championships are spread out through the summer. The Senior PGA Championship will tee off from Aronomink Golf Club outside Philadelphia on June 5-8, while the U.S. Senior Open makes its way to Inverness Club in Ohio from June 26-29. The Champions Players Championship will be contested from July 10-13 at the TPC of Michigan.
There are six new events in addition to the Senior British Open on the 2003 schedule, including four in a row to end the month of May. The Kinko's Classic of Austin, the Bayer Advantage Invitational, the Columbus Southern Open and the Music City Championship at Gaylord Opryland join the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn and the Constellation Energy Classic as new events in 2003.
Official play starts on January 31st in Hawaii with the MasterCard Championship and ends with the Champions Tour Championship in late October.
'The 2003 Champions Tour schedule reflects a very strong lineup of tournaments,' said PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem. 'It accomplishes our previously announced goal of having fewer, yet stronger tournaments across the board, while avoiding weeks when high-impact PGA Tour events are played.'