Planet Golf — 28 June 2016 by GW staff and news services
PGA Tour: New sites, sponsors, venues

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The PGA Tour has released its 2016-17 season schedule of 47 FedExCup tournaments, several of which return to their traditional pre-Olympic dates and others that have a venue change and/or new title sponsor.

The first such change occurs the opening week of the season, with new sponsorship of the Safeway Open (October 13-16) at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, Ca., which also begins the Tour’s seven-tournament run through November. After the schedule resumes in January, another new title sponsor emerges with the Genesis Open at The Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles (February 16-19). The sponsorship by Genesis, a luxury car brand, was announced earlier.

Next comes the relocation and renaming of the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship (March 2-5), which moves from South Florida to Mexico City through a new seven-year sponsorship agreement with Grupo Salinas. The host facility has yet to be named.

Also changing sites the first week of May is the Wells Fargo Championship with a one-time move to Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, North Carolina. This move is due to the PGA Championship going to Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, the Wells Fargo Championship’s regular host site.

The following week, THE PLAYERS Championship returns to a Mother’s Day Sunday finish (May 14) and will greet the season’s strongest field with totally resurfaced greens, including some with contour changes, and a redesigned, drivable par-4 12th hole.

The U.S. Open will be held at Erin Hills in Hartford, Wisconsin, for the first time, June 15-18, while The Open Championship is scheduled for July 20-23 at Royal Birkdale in Lancashire, England. The PGA Championship returns to August (10-13) after moving to July in 2016 to accommodate golf’s return to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

In addition to the PGA Championship, other tournaments reverting to their regular slot post-Olympics include the Travelers Championship (from the first week of August to June 22-25), the John Deere Classic (from the second week of August to July 13-16), and both the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and Barracuda Championship (from the first week of July to August 3-6).

Also during this portion of the schedule, the Quicken Loans National (June 29-July 2) will be held for the first time at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. The final changes on the schedule involve the opening FedExCup Playoffs event, THE NORTHERN TRUST (August 24-27), which features a new sponsor and new course, Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, New York.

The Playoffs continue the next week with the Deutsche Bank Championship’s traditional Monday finish on September 4 before taking a one-week break. The Playoffs then resume with the BMW Championship (September 14-17), which returns to Conway Farms Golf Club near Chicago, and conclude September 21-24 with the TOUR Championship. The very next week, The Presidents Cup will be held at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey.

DATE TOURNAMENT(S) TV NETWORKS GOLF COURSE(S) LOCATION
Oct. 10-16 Safeway Open GOLF Silverado Resort and Spa (North Course) Napa, CA
Oct. 17-23 CIMB Classic GOLF Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Oct. 24-30 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions GOLF Sheshan International Golf Club Shanghai, China
Oct. 24-30 Sanderson Farms Championship GOLF Country Club of Jackson Jackson, MS
Oct. 31-Nov. 6 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open GOLF TPC Summerlin Las Vegas, NV
Nov. 7-13 OHL Classic at Mayakoba GOLF El Camaleon Golf Club at the Mayakoba Resort Playa del Carmen, MX
Nov. 14-20 The RSM Classic GOLF Sea Island Resort (*Seaside Course, Plantation Course) St. Simons Island, GA
BREAK
Jan. 2-8 Tournament of Champions GOLF Kapalua Resort (The Plantation Course) Kapalua, HI
Jan. 9-15 Sony Open in Hawaii GOLF Waialae Country Club Honolulu, HI
Jan. 16-22 CareerBuilder Challenge GOLF PGA WEST (*Stadium Course, Nicklaus Tournament Course, La Quinta Country Club) La Quinta, CA
Jan. 23-29 Farmers Insurance Open GOLF / CBS Torrey Pines Golf Course (*South Course, North Course) San Diego, CA
Jan. 30-Feb. 5 Waste Management Phoenix Open GOLF / CBS TPC Scottsdale (Stadium Course) Scottsdale, AZ
Feb. 6-12 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am GOLF / CBS *Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Shore Course) Pebble Beach, CA
Feb. 13-19 Genesis Open GOLF / CBS The Riviera Country Club Pacific Palisades, CA
Feb. 20-26 The Honda Classic GOLF / NBC PGA National (The Champion Golf Course) Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Feb. 27-Mar. 5 World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship GOLF / NBC (To Be Announced) Mexico City, Mexico
Mar. 6-12 Valspar Championship GOLF / NBC Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club (Copperhead Course) Palm Harbor, FL
Mar. 13-19 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard GOLF / NBC Bay Hill Golf Club and Lodge Orlando, FL
Mar. 20-26 World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play GOLF / NBC Austin Country Club Austin, TX
Mar. 20-26 Puerto Rico Open GOLF Coco Beach Golf Club Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
Mar. 27-Apr. 2 Shell Houston Open GOLF / NBC Golf Club of Houston (Tournament Course) Humble, TX
Apr. 3-9 Masters Tournament # ESPN / CBS Augusta National Golf Club Augusta, GA
Apr. 10-16 RBC Heritage GOLF / CBS Harbour Town Golf Links Hilton Head Island, SC
Apr. 17-23 Valero Texas Open GOLF / CBS TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks Course) San Antonio, TX
Apr. 24-30 Zurich Classic of New Orleans GOLF / CBS TPC Louisiana New Orleans, LA
May 1-7 Wells Fargo Championship GOLF / CBS Eagle Point Golf Club Wilmington, NC
May 8-14 THE PLAYERS Championship GOLF / NBC TPC Sawgrass (THE PLAYERS Stadium Course) Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
May 15-21 AT&T Byron Nelson GOLF / CBS Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas (TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas) Irving, TX
May 22-28 DEAN & DELUCA Invitational GOLF / CBS Colonial Country Club Fort Worth, TX
May 29-June 4 the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide GOLF / CBS Muirfield Village Golf Club Dublin, OH
June 5-11 FedEx St. Jude Classic GOLF / CBS TPC Southwind Memphis, TN
June 12-18 U.S. Open # FS1 / FOX Erin Hills Hartford, WI
June 19-25 Travelers Championship GOLF / CBS TPC River Highlands Cromwell, CT
June 26-July 2 Quicken Loans National GOLF / CBS TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm Potomac, MD
July 3-9 The Greenbrier Classic GOLF / CBS The Greenbrier (The Old White TPC) White Sulphur Springs, WV
July 10-16 John Deere Classic GOLF / CBS TPC Deere Run Silvis, IL
July 17-23 The Open Championship # GOLF / NBC Royal Birkdale Southport, Lancashire, England
July 17-23 Barbasol Championship GOLF Robert Trent Jones Trail (Grand National Lake Course) Auburn/Opelika, AL
July 24-30 RBC Canadian Open GOLF / CBS Glen Abbey Golf Club Oakville, ON, Canada
July 31-Aug. 6 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational GOLF / CBS Firestone Country Club (South Course) Akron, OH
July 31-Aug. 6 Barracuda Championship GOLF Montrêux Golf and Country Club Reno, NV
Aug. 7-13 PGA Championship # TNT / CBS Quail Hollow Club Charlotte, NC
Aug. 14-20 Wyndham Championship GOLF / CBS Sedgefield Country Club Greensboro, NC
FEDEXCUP PLAYOFFS
Aug. 21-27 THE NORTHERN TRUST GOLF / CBS Glen Oaks Club Old Westbury, NY
Aug. 28-Sept. 4 Deutsche Bank Championship (Monday Finish) GOLF / NBC TPC Boston Norton, MA
Sept. 4-10 Open
Sept. 11-17 BMW Championship GOLF / NBC Conway Farms Golf Club Lake Forest, IL
Sept. 18-24 TOUR Championship GOLF / NBC East Lake Golf Club Atlanta, GA
Sept. 25-Oct. 1 Presidents Cup GOLF / NBC Liberty National Golf Club Jersey City, NJ
# Not PGA TOUR co-sponsored *Host Course

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