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Policy board discusses 2016's jumbled schedule

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GAINESVILLE, Va. – The PGA Tour policy board met on Monday at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club and one of the talking points centered around next year’s hectic schedule.

The 2015-16 schedule has not been released - primarily because of next year’s Olympic Games in Brazil, which has required officials to do some dramatic rearranging - although sources say it could be published as early as this week.

While the schedule through the U.S. Open remains largely the same, various sources have confirmed to that the back half of the line up will have a much different look, including an adjustment of the year’s majors, with the Open Championship played just two weeks before the PGA Championship in July.

Among the other events to move will be the Travelers Championship, which normally follows the U.S. Open but will now be the week after the PGA, and the John Deere Classic, which will be played the same week as the men’s Olympic event, Aug. 11-14, instead of its normal July date, the week before the Open.

“I went in with the expectation of things changing because it (the Olympics) is such a big deal for the sport,” said Bo Van Pelt, one of four player directors on the policy board.

Van Pelt said there were no discussions about how the Tour schedule could be altered in 2020 when golf is again scheduled to be played in the Olympics or about the possibility of players skipping marquee events late next year due to the volume of high-profile tournaments.

“Top players know what tournaments are important,” he said. “Some guys like to play a week before a major, some guys don’t. It don’t think it will be any different.”