We are excited about the fact that the FedEx Cup season will feature a strong and regular spacing of significant opportunities for the worlds best players to compete against one another, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said. The major championships, The Players Championship, the World Golf Championships and the season-ending, four-event Championship Series will create and hold fan interest throughout the FedEx Cup season.
The schedule announcement follows the tours release Wednesday of a streamlined television package that makes CBS and NBC the network partners for six years and The Golf Channel the exclusive cable network provider for the tour through an unprecedented 15-year agreement. The full list of tournaments and their broadcast carrier follows.
The new FedEx Cup competition, a season-long points bonus program for players spanning 37 weeks, begins with the Mercedes Championships in Hawaii (Jan. 4-7) and concludes Sept. 13-16 with The Tour Championship presented by Coca-Cola.
The Championship Series, which focuses on the final push for the FedEx Cup title, will begin with the Barclays Classic in New York Aug. 23-26, followed by the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston Aug. 31-Sept. 3 and then the Championship Series/Chicago Sept. 6-9, before concluding at The Tour Championship. More specifics on the Championship Series will be given at a later date.
Other significant changes include:
The tour will continue to schedule a second event opposite certain championships. Finchem today confirmed that the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee will play opposite the British Open (July 19-22) and that the new Mayakoba Classic at the Mayakoba Resort on the Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico, will be held opposite the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship (Feb. 22-25). It becomes the tours first official money event in Mexico. Finchem added that Reno-Tahoe is also under consideration for an opposite event, as is a potential new event in Puerto Rico at the Coco Beach Golf & Country Club.
Once the FedEx Cup season concludes with The Tour Championship, the PGA Tour will enter the Fall Series, featuring six to seven official money tournaments that will determine the remainder of the 125 players eligible for the next years FedEx Cup. The entire series will be telecast on The Golf Channel.
Finchem said the Fall Series has yet to be finalized, but that the tour was in discussion with the following events concerning the Fall Series: Valero Texas Open in San Antonio; FUNAI Classic at WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort in Orlando, Fla.; Southern Farm Bureau Classic in Madison, Miss.; Booz Allen Classic in Washington, D.C.; Hartford, Conn.; and Las Vegas.
In regard to the B.C. Open in Endicott, N.Y., Finchem said, We are looking for a position elsewhere within the PGA Tour family for its continuation, either on the Champions Tour or Nationwide Tour. We believe it could perform well on either Tour.
Additional details on the Championship Series, the Fall Series and the remaining opposite events will be provided in the coming weeks.
A Summary of the 2007 FedEx Cup Tournaments:
Jan. 1-7: Mercedes Championships -- TGC
Jan. 8-14: Sony Open in Hawaii -- TGC
Jan. 15-21: Bob Hope Chrysler Classic -- TGC
Jan. 22-28: Buick Invitational -- TGC, CBS
Jan. 29-Feb. 4: FBR Open -- TGC, NBC
Feb. 5-11: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am -- TGC, CBS
Feb. 12-18: Nissan Open -- TGC, CBS
Feb. 19-25: World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play -- TGC, NBC
Feb. 19-25: Mayakoba Classic at Riviera Maya (Mexico) -- TGC
Feb. 26-March 4: The Honda Classic -- TGC, NBC
March 5-11: Tampa Bay Championship -- TGC, NBC
March 12-18: Bay Hill Invitational presented by MasterCard -- TGC, NBC
March 19-25: World Golf Championships-CA Championship -- TGC, NBC
March 26-April 1: Shell Houston Open -- TGC, NBC
April 2-8: The Masters -- USA,CBS
April 9-15: MCI Heritage -- TGC, CBS
April 16-22: Zurich Classic of New Orleans -- TGC, CBS
April 23-29: EDS Byron Nelson Championship -- TGC, CBS
April 30-May 6: Wachovia Championship -- TGC, CBS
May 7-13: The Players Championship -- TGC, NBC
May 14-20: BellSouth Classic -- TGC, CBS
May 21-27: The Colonial Invitational -- TGC, CBS
May 28-June 3: Memorial Tournament Presented by Morgan Stanley -- TGC, CBS
June 4-10: Stanford St. Jude Championship -- TGC, CBS
June 11-17: U.S. Open -- ESPN, NBC
June 18-24: 84 LUMBER Classic -- TGC, CBS
June 25-July 1: Buick Open -- TGC, CBS
July 2-8: The International -- TGC, CBS
July 9-15: John Deere Classic -- TGC, CBS
July 16-22: British Open -- TNT, ABC
July 16-22: U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee -- TGC
July 23-29: Bell Canadian Open -- TGC, CBS
July 30-Aug. 5: World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational -- TGC, CBS
Aug. 6-12: PGA Championship -- TNT, CBS
Aug. 13-19: Carolina Classic at Greensboro -- TGC, CBS
Aug. 20-26: Barclays Classic -- TGC, CBS
Aug. 27-Sept. 3: Deutsche Bank Championship -- TGC, NBC
Sept. 3-9: Championship Series (Chicago) -- TGC, NBC
Sept. 10-16: The Tour Championship presented by Coca-Cola -- TGC, NBC