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Monday, April 13, 2020

The PGA Tour Schedule Still in Flux

Jack Nicklaus

Another Monday passes without a Limerick Summary. But life goes on and, over the last week, the PGA Tour has posted a tentative schedule, shown below. (The asterisks mark FedExCup events.)

But it's hardly set in stone. The Tour has stated that they expect to announce more changes, and you can bet that some will originate from the venues and sponsors themselves.

May 21-24 Charles Schwab Challenge Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas
May 28-31 Rocket Mortgage Classic Detroit Golf Club, Detroit, Mich.
June 4-7 Memorial Tournament Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio
June 11-14 RBC Canadian Open St. George's G&CC, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
June 18-21 Potential PGA Tour event TBD
June 25-28 Travelers Championship TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.
July 2-5 Barracuda Championship Tahoe Mt. Club (Old Greenwood), Truckee, Calif.
July 2-5 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tenn.
July 9-12 John Deere Classic TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Ill.
July 16-19 Barbasol Championship Keene Trace Golf Club, Nicholasville, Ky.
July 23-26 3M Open TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minn.
July 30-Aug. 2 Potential PGA Tour event TBD
Aug. 6-9 PGA Championship TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, Calif.
Aug. 13-16 Wyndham Championship Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, N.C.
Aug. 20-23 The Northern Trust* TPC Boston, Norton, Mass.
Aug. 27-30 BMW Championship* Olympia Fields CC (North), Olympia Fields, Ill.
Sept. 4-7 Tour Championship* East Lake GC, Atlanta, Ga.
Sept. 17-20 U.S. Open Winged Foot GC, Mamaroneck, N.Y.
Sept. 25-27 Ryder Cup Whistling Straits (Straits Course), Kohler, Wis.
Nov. 12-15 Masters Tournament Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga.

For example, Jack Nicklaus has already said that he doubts the Memorial could be played in June as originally scheduled. He says the week of the now cancelled OPEN, opposite the Barbasol Open (an alternate field event one month later), is more likely.

It's also likely that some sponsors of earlier events will hesitate to go ahead with those dates, simply because they feel uncomfortable playing while so many people are still struggling with the effects of COVID-19. The Tour's belief that they can run some of the earlier events without fans on site may not convince those sponsors otherwise -- remember, several sports had similar plans early on but cancelled them when the sponsors balked under social pressure.

Nevertheless, planning -- at least, of a tentative nature -- has to start now if the Tour has any hopes of getting any events ready to go when the time is right.

It's just that the "right time" is merely a concept at this point. It may be closer to June before we have any clue about when that is.

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