PGA Tour Schedule Announced for 2003


PGA Tour (75x100)PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL -- The PGA Tour announced a schedule Monday for the 2003 season that will feature 48 official events and close to $225 million in prize money.
The year begins in Hawaii with the Mercedes Championships, which features all 2002 tournament winners. This year's Mercedes Championships will feature the largest field in event history, with 18 first-time champions eligible to make their debuts.
The official money schedule will have four weeks when more than one official money event is held. The 2003 season comes to an end with the top money winners competing for the Tour Championship in November.
'We have an extremely strong roster of sponsors and tournament organizations,' said PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem. 'And, from the competitive standpoint, we expect another season of remarkable drama, as the tour's veterans and rising starts continue to elevate their games.'
The 2003 schedule features seven new tournament courses: The Honda Classic will be played at the Country Club at Mirasol in Palm Beach Gardens, FL; Redstone Golf Club (Fall Creek Course) will host the Houston Open; the Wachovia Championship will be played at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, NC; the TPC of Boston will host the Deutsche Bank U.S. Championship; Hamilton Golf Club in Ancaster, Ontario will be the venue for the Bell Canadian Open; the 84 Lumber Classic of Pennsylvania will be played at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa (Mystic Rock Course); Capital City Club (Crabapple) in Woodstock, GA, will host the WGC-American Express Championship.
A total of seven international companies will make their debuts as title sponsors of PGA Tour events: Ford Motor Company (Ford Championship), Wachovia (Wachovia Championship), EDS (EDS Byron Nelson Championship), Bank of America (Bank of America Colonial), Deutsche Bank (Deutsche Bank U.S. Championship), 84 Lumber (84 Lumber Classic of Pennsylvania), and FUNAI Electronics (FUNAI Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort).
There will be four World Golf Championships on the 2003 schedule as well as the fifth edition of the Presidents Cup. The event will be played outside the United States for the second time, at The Links Golf Course at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate in George, South Africa.