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Seven Events Added to Fall Schedule

PGA Tour (75x100)AKRON, Ohio -- A week after the FedEx Cup competition ends next year with $10 million going to the winner, the PGA TOUR will hold seven tournaments worth a combined $32.1 million in a Fall Series schedule announced Wednesday.
The TOUR revamped its schedule for 2007, with the emphasis on a points race that will end Sept. 16 at the Tour Championship.
The Fall Series begins a week later at the Turning Stone Resort Championship in upstate New York, and end the first weekend in November at the Walt Disney World Resort Classic. That will be the final chance for players to finish among the top 125 on the money list and keep their PGA TOUR cards.
Along the way, the tour will stop in some familiar spots -- such as Jackson, Miss., the Texas Open and Las Vegas -- and new tournaments in Fresno, Calif., and the Phoenix area.
What the Fall Series probably won't have are star players.
The additional seven tournaments are meant for players who finished outside the top 30 in points during the FedEx Cup competition to earn their spots for the following year off the money list. And because Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and other top players are expected to play six times in a seven-week stretch through the TOUR Championship, most will take time off.
Besides, Woods and Mickelson were the ones clamoring for a shorter season.
'It's different things to different players,' PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem said. 'If you're a player who is ... in the TOUR Championship, it's a question of how much you want to compete against the best players during the fall period to keep your game organized. If you're everybody else, you're trying to position yourself for access the following year, with an awful lot at stake.
'The combination of those things, we think, we lead to very relevant tournaments.'
Relevant names depends on the kind of years they have. Some players, especially if they win a major, might get offers to go overseas for appearance money. For others, such as Scott Verplank, they might play tournaments they always have.
'I'll probably go to Disney for my kids, and to Las Vegas for my wife,' Verplank said.
Finchem said it was possible for someone who finishes outside the top 30 in the FedEx Cup to still finish inside the top 30 on the money list if he plays in the fall. That might help a player earn an exemption to the U.S. Open.
The Fall Series will start with a $6 million event at Turning Stone Resort, followed by the Viking Classic at Annandale Golf Club in Jackson, Miss. ($3.5 million); the Valero Texas Open ($4.5 million); Open in Las Vegas ($4 million); Fry's Electronics Open at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. ($5 million); Running Horse Golf Championship in Fresno, Calif ($4.5 million; and Disney ($4.6 million). It will be the first time Disney ended the PGA TOUR official-money season since 1982.
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