The upcoming 2013 PGA Season will mark the beginning of new changes to scheduling, The Fed Ex Cup points system, and the regulations that determine who gets a tour card, and who has to qualify every week for tournaments. In the past, the FedEx Cup Playoff marked the end of regular season play, leaving the Fall Series to give players a method for gaining their tour card through tournament play. Tour players who were secure with their position were free to participate in events around the world, or just take time off to rest.
What was called the Fall Series has become what has been referred to as the wrap around schedule, and now is officially the 2013-2014 Schedule. The big difference is, these events will award FedEx points for the 2014 season. This should bring players wanting to get a jump on the subsequent season, back to these events.
With players already knowing their future season status, either through the Money List, or the Web.com Tour, there is no need for them to play in these tournaments to avoid the Q School. The Q School has been eliminated. They can play in these events to gain FedEx points.
The PGA announced the initial part of this schedule earlier in the month. They have elected to use a blend of the tournaments that were previously on the Fall Schedule as a way to bridge the time between the Tour Championship, and the beginning of the next season. All of the scheduled tournaments will be televised on the Golf Channel. The full schedule will be announced later in the year.
The Frys.com which is played in San Martin, California, and this year, will follow the Presidents Cup, begins October 10th. The following week, they will play the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. It will kick off on Oct. 17th.
The schedule then moves overseas for two tournaments. The CIMB Classic will tee off in Selangor Malaysia at the Mines Resort and Country Club on Oct. 24th. This tournament will be an official PGA event for the first time. That is followed by the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China, on Nov. 1-4. As with all official PGA TOUR events, the winners will qualify for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
They return to the US for the McGladrey Classic at Sea Pines, Ga. on November 7th, and ending the schedule at the OHL Classic at Myakoba on Nov 14th. That will mark the end of the new schedule, and players can break for the holidays prior to the start of the regular season in Hawaii. The schedule does not include a tournament at the Disney World Resort.
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