The 2005 schedule will be highlighted by several events commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Champions Tour, as well as a few changes from 2004.
'As we conclude a very successful 2004 season, we have a lot to look forward to in 2005,' said Champions Tour President Rick George. 'With one new tournament in Seattle, the Turtle Bay event moving into January after a 2004 hiatus and the continuity of 26 other tournaments from 2004, some committed as far out as 2008, the Champions Tour has a firm foundation in its lineup of tournaments and title sponsors. In addition, the 25th anniversary celebration will honor and thank the many players and other people who helped build the tour, and promises to give us more memories as we reflect on our past and look to the future.'
The 2005 schedule kicks off in January with a pair of events in Hawaii, the MasterCard Championship and the Turtle Bay Championship. The Champions Tour heads to the mainland in February with The ACE Group Classic in Naples, Florida.
The first major of the 2005 season is the Senior PGA Championship at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, from May 26-29. July features three major tournaments, the Ford Senior Players Championship, the Senior British Open Championship and the U.S. Senior Open Championship.
The inaugural Greater Seattle Champions Classic at TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge will be played from August 19-21 followed by the Tradition, the final major of the 2005 Champions Tour season.
The 2005 official schedule concludes with the Charles Schwab Cup Championship from October 27-30.
2005 Champions Tour Schedule
Note: x-unofficial event
Jan. 21-23 -- MasterCard Championship; Hualalai GC; Ka'upulehu-Kona, Hawaii
Jan. 28-30 -- Turtle Bay Championship; Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort; Kahuku, Hawaii
Feb. 5-6 -- x-Wendy's Champions Skins Game; Wailea (Hawaii) Resort (Gold Course)
Feb. 18-20 -- ACE Group Classic; TwinEagles GC; Naples, Fla.
Feb. 25-27 -- Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am; TPC of Tampa Bay; Lutz, Fla.
March 11-13 -- SBC Classic; Valencia (Calif.) CC
March 18-20 -- Toshiba Senior Classic; Newport Beach (Calif.) CC
April 22-24 -- Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf; Westin Savannah (Ga.) Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
April 29-May 1 -- FedEx Kinkos Classic; The Hills CC; Austin, Texas
May 13-15 -- Blue Angels Classic; The Moors GC; Milton, Fla.
May 20-22 -- Brunos Memorial Classic; Greystone G&CC; Hoover, Ala.
May 26-29 -- Senior PGA Championship; Laurel Valley GC; Ligonier, Pa.
June 3-5 -- Allianz Championship; Tournament Club of Iowa; Polk City, Iowa
June 10-12 -- Bayer Advantage Classic; Nicklaus GC at LionsGate; Overland Park, Kan.
June 24-26 -- Bank of America Championship; Nashawtuc CC; Concord, Mass.
July 1-3 -- Commerce Bank Championship; Red Course at Eisenhower Park; East Meadow, N.Y.
July 7-10 -- Ford Senior Players; TPC of Michigan; Dearborn, Mich.
July 21-24 -- Senior British Open; Royal Portrush (Northern Ireland) GC
July 28-31 -- U.S. Senior Open; NCR CC; Kettering, Ohio
Aug. 5-7 -- 3M Championship; TPC of the Twin Cities; Blaine, Minn.
Aug. 19-21 -- Greater Seattle Champions Classic; TPC at Snoqualmie (Wash.) Ridge
Aug. 25-28 -- JELD-WEN Tradition; The Reserve Vineyards & GC; Aloha, Ore.
Sept. 2-4 -- The First Tee Open at Pebble Beach; Pebble Beach (Calif.) GL/Bayonet GC
Sept. 16-18 -- Constellation Energy Classic; Hayfields CC; Hunt Valley, Md.
Sept. 30-Oct. 2 -- SAS Championship; Prestonwood CC; Cary, N.C.
Oct. 7-9 -- Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn; Rock Barn Golf & Spa; Conover, N.C.
Oct. 14-16 -- Administaff Small Business Classic; Augusta Pines GC; Spring, Texas
Oct. 21-23 -- SBC Championship; Oak Hills CC; San Antonio
Oct. 28-30 -- Charles Schwab Cup Championship; Sonoma (Calif.) GC
Nov. 19-20 -- x-UBS Cup; TBA
Nov. 16-21 -- x-Q-School (Final stage); PGA Southern California GC (Champions); Calimesa, Calif.
Dec. 2-4 -- x-Father/Son Challenge; ChampionsGate (Fla.) GC (International)
Dec. 17-18 -- x-Wendys 3-Tour Challenge; South Shore Course at Lake Las Vegas; Henderson, Nev.