PGA Tour Announces 2006 Tournament Schedule

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PGA Tour (75x100)PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The PGA Tour released its 2006 schedule on Monday. Commissioner Tim Finchem announced big changes to come in 2007, but there is minimal change to the 2006 slate.
 
The 48-event season, with purses totaling over $255 million, opens the first week of January with the Mercedes Championships in Kapalua, Hawaii. That event welcomes the tournament winners from 2005 to open the season in the Aloha State.
 
The first slight change comes when the tour returns to the West Coast. The Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and the Buick Invitational exchanged places on the schedule with the Hope being the first event on the West Coast. That event will be played January 19-22.
 
The FBR Open in Scottsdale will again be played opposite the Super Bowl during the weekend of February 2-5. The first World Golf Championships event is three weeks later as David Toms will look to make it two straight at the Accenture Match Play Championship.
 
The tour shifts east the week after the Match Play and begins its run into the first major of the season. The Masters will be contested April 6-9 in Augusta and defending champion Tiger Woods will lead the field taking on the lengthened course.
 
From there, the next schedule change does not happen until the week prior to the U.S. Open. The Barclays Classic and the Booz Allen Classic exchanged spaces on the schedule.
 
The Barclays will be played the week prior to the national championship with the Booz Allen the week after. Michael Campbell will defend his title at the U.S. Open the weekend of June 15-18 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York.
 
The only major move for a single tournament comes the week following the Booz Allen when the Buick Championship shifts to June 29-July 2 after being played in late August in 2005.
 
That pushed the next 10 events back one week. In that 10-event stretch is the British Open, which Woods won at St. Andrews in 2005. He will defend at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.
 
Also in stretch is the PGA Championship. Phil Mickelson will look to win back- to-back PGA Championship crowns as the season's final major moves to Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois.
 
The following week offers the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio. That event was known at the WGC-NEC Invitational in its first seven years.
 
As the tour heads into the fall finish, the Ryder Cup will take place September 22-24 in Kildare, Ireland. The following week is the third WGC event of the year, the American Express Championship. That event will take place in Hertfordshire, England.
 
The American Express moved up one week from 2005, while the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro slides back one week to make room for the Amex. That is the final change from 2005 to 2006 on the schedule.
 
The final official event on the slate is the Tour Championship. That will be played November 2-5 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia.
 
The final of the four WGC events, the WGC-World Cup, will take place three weeks later from December 7-10.