PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The Champions Tour announced Thursday the tournament schedule for the 2013 Champions Tour season.
A total of 26 official events feature on the schedule, including three new tournaments in Atlanta, Chicago and Calgary. The Champions Tour will visit 16 different States throughout America along with two tournaments in Canada and one in England. The 2013 season will mark the first time since 2009 that at least 26 official tournaments appear on the schedule.
The official 2013 season begins on the Big Island of Hawaii at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai (Jan. 14-20), with the first full-field event coming three weeks later at the Allianz Championship (Feb. 4-10), in Boca Raton, Fla.
The first of three new Champions Tour events will take place the week following The Masters Tournament when the Greater Gwinnett Championship (Apr. 15-21) ensures professional golf returns to TPC Sugarloaf in Atlanta, Ga.
The Encompass Championship (June 17-23) will be played at the historic North Shore Country Club in the Chicago area where, for the first time, the popular celebrity pro-am format will be utilized.
Champions Tour winners will be crowned twice in Canada in September when the Calgary Golf Classic (Aug. 26-Sept. 1) and the Montreal Championship (Sept. 2-8) will be played in back-to-back weeks. The venue for the Calgary tournament is Canyon Meadows Golf Club while the La Vallee du Richelieu Golf Club will again host the Montreal Championship, this time at the Rouville Course.
The Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship (June 24-30) returns to Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, Pa. Constellation will continue as title sponsor of the Champions Tour major through 2017 and Fox Chapel will host the championship for the next two years.
The host venues for the five major championships in 2013 are:
|Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis, Mo.||Senior PGA Championship||May 20-26|
|Shoal Creek, Ala.||Regions Tradition||June 3-9|
|Fox Chapel Golf Club, Pa.||Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship||June 24-30|
|Omaha Country Club, Neb.||U.S. Senior Open||July 8-14|
|Royal Birkdale, England||Senior British Open||July 22-28|
Other significant changes in the 2013 Champions Tour schedule include the Principal Charity Classic (May 27-June 2) in Des Moines, Iowa relocating to the Wakonda Club, where former PGA TOUR Commissioner Deane Beman won the 1963 U.S. Amateur. Also, the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach (Sept. 23-29) returns to its fall date having been played during Fourth of July week the past two years.
The season will conclude with the Charles Schwab Cup Championship (Oct. 28-Nov. 3,) which moves from the Cochise Course at Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. back to TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Calif., where the event was played in 2010 and 2011.
The Charles Schwab Cup, won for the first time in back-to-back years by Tom Lehman, enters its 13th year as the successful season-long, points-based competition to determine the Champions Tour's leading player. The program rewards consistency and awards points for top-10 finishes at all official tournaments. Double points will be awarded at the five major championships and to all 30 players at the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
The Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament-Final Stage will be conducted at the conclusion of the 2013 season at TPC Scottsdale's Champions Course in Scottsdale, Ariz.
All official events will be televised nationally in the United States, with most receiving complete coverage on Golf Channel, the Tour's exclusive cable-television partner that reaches some 84 million homes in the United States. Four events will have network coverage on the weekend (NBC: Senior PGA Championship, Senior U.S. Open; CBS: Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf; ESPN: Senior British Open). Champions Tour telecasts are distributed internationally in Canada, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australasia, and Latin America through various distribution partners. The events air live, tape-delayed or in a highlights-package format in excess of 185 countries and territories, reaching more than 115 million households.