Changes in store for upcoming PGA TOUR Season
New sponsors, new names and new venues highlight changes to the 2016-2017 schedule
June 27, 2016
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
- June 27, 2016
- Fans collected around the 18th hole of the famed Riviera Country Club, the site of the Genesis Open in the 2016-2017 season. (Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
The 2016-17 PGA TOUR schedule features a return to more traditional dates for several events that shifted last year due to the Olympic Games.
But there are some changes to absorb -- new sponsors, new venues and new names -- so here's what you need to know.
• Safeway becomes the sponsor of the first event on the 2016-17 PGA TOUR schedule. The Safeway Open will be played Oct. 10-16 at Silverado Resort in Napa, Calif. Safeway is a chain of more than 1,300 supermarkets in California, Nevada, Texas and Alaska.
• Genesis, Hyundai's luxury car brand, takes over as the sponsor of the PGA TOUR's event in Los Angeles. The Genesis Open will be played Feb. 16-19, 2017 at famed Riviera Country Club.
• The World Golf Championships event formerly played in Miami has moved south of the border. The tournament will be called the World Golf Championships-Mexico Open and is part of a seven-year sponsorship agreement with Grupo Salinas. The venue for the event, which will be played next year from March 2-5 will be announced at a later date.
• Northern Trust, a leading provider of wealth management services, is not a sponsor new to the PGA TOUR. The company has, however, changed events and moved from the West Coast to the East Coast, where THE NORTHERN TRUST will open the FedExCup Playoffs Aug. 21-27, 2017. The event will be played at the Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, N.Y.
• In a one-year move, Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, N.C. will host the Wells Fargo Championship May 1-7, 2017. Eagle Point was designed by Tom Fazio in 2000 -- several years after he first redesigned the Quail Hollow Club, which has hosted the Wells Fargo Championship since its inception. The move is necessary because Quail Hollow hosts the PGA Championship in 2017. It will mark the PGA TOUR's first visit to Wilmington since the Azalea Open was played at Cape Fear Country Club in 1971. Carl Pettersson, a five-time PGA TOUR winner and N.C. State product, owns the course record of 62.
• TPC Potomac at Avenel will host the Quicken Loans National from June 29-July 2, 2017. The facility embarked on an extensive, $32 million renovation in 2007. The par 70 course plays to 7,124-yards. The Quicken Loans National will be the first PGA TOUR event to be played at TPC Potomac since 2006 when the Booz Allen Classic ended its 19-year run at the facility. The course also hosted one PGA TOUR Champions and two Web.com Tour events.
• The Glen Oaks Club will kick off the FedExCup Playoffs when it hosts THE NORTHERN TRUST Aug. 24-27, 2017. The club, which is located on Long Island, was founded in 1924 on land purchased from the estate of William K. Vanderbilt and later moved to its current site in Old Westbury. The facility, which features 27 holes, underwent a three-year renovation led by Joel Weiman and Craig Currier, the superintendent of the club, that was finished in 2014. A year later, the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association voted Glen Oaks its 2015 Club of the Year. A composite course consisting of Nos. 1-3 and 6-9 on the White Course, Nos. 4 and 5 on the Red and the complete Blue Course will be used for THE NORTHERN TRUST. The course will play to a par 70 and 7,300 yards.
THE FEDEXCUP PLAYOFFS
• The FedExCup Playoffs feature a new sponsor and venue for its kickoff event in THE NORTHERN TRUST at the Glen Oaks Club Aug. 24-27, 2017. There is an off week after the Deutsche Bank Championship, which concludes on Labor Day at TPC Boston. The third Playoffs event is the BMW Championship, which is being played Sept. 14-17 at Conway Farms in Chicago for the third time in five years.. And the winner of the $10 million bonus will be determined at the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club Sept. 21-24.
• It's hard to imagine a more dramatic setting for the 12th Presidents Cup than Liberty National in Jersey City, New Jersey. The course, which was built on a landfill and opened in 2006, features sweeping views of the Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline. Liberty National hosted the FedExCup Playoffs kickoff event in 2009, when Heath Slocum won, and 2013, when Adam Scott was the champion.
Gary Woodland hits an approach shot on the 18th hole of Liberty National with the iconic New York City skyline in the background. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
There are two new courses among this year's major championship venues. Meanwhile, the Masters will be played April 3-9 at its permanent home, Augusta National, while the Open Championship returns to Royal Birkdale July 20-23 for the 10th time and the first since Padraig Harrington won in 2008.
• Erin Hills in Hartford, Wisc., makes its major championship debut when it hosts the U.S. Open June 15-18, 2017. The public course, which is a walking-only facility and measures 7,812 yards from the tips, previously hosted the 2011 U.S. Amateur won by Kelly Kraft and the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links won by Tiffany Joh. The course opened in 2006 and was designed by Dr. Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry and Ron Whitten.
• The Quail Hollow Club, which hosts the PGA Championship Aug. 10-13, is no stranger to big-time golf, even though it's a first-time major venue. The course, which was originally designed by George Cobb and twice redesigned by Tom Fazio, has hosted the Wells Fargo Championship since its inception in 2003 (the PGA TOUR event will move to Eagle Point in Wilmington, N.C., for 2017). In addition, Quail Hollow hosted a PGA TOUR Champions event from 1983-89 and the Kemper Open on the PGA TOUR from 1969-79). And the Quail Hollow Club has been selected to host the 2021 Presidents Cup.