PGA TOUR opening schedule released for 2017-18 season
The race for the 2017-18 FedExCup gets underway this October
August 15, 2017
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- August 15, 2017
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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The PGA TOUR has announced the first portion of its 2017-18 schedule, a seven-week stretch through mid-November that features four official domestic and four official international tournaments – including the inaugural THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES in Korea – all of which offer FedExCup points.
The season will open October 2-8 with the Safeway Open in Napa, California, before transitioning to Asia for three straight tournaments, starting with the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 9-15. THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, the PGA TOUR’s first-ever official event in Korea, will be held October 16-22 on Jeju Island. Then comes the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China, October 23-29.
That same week of October 23-29, the TOUR also returns to the mainland with the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi. The schedule continues with the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas (October 30-November 5), the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, Mexico (November 6-12), and concludes with The RSM Classic at St. Simons Island, Georgia (November 13-19) before the official season breaks until January.
All eight tournaments will be televised by Golf Channel.
“We are extremely pleased to announce such an outstanding start to the 2017-18 PGA TOUR season and the race for the FedExCup, including the debut of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES,” said Tyler Dennis, PGA TOUR Chief of Operations. “Since going to the wraparound schedule in 2013, we have seen that a strong performance during this first portion of the season greatly increases a player’s chances to advance into and through the FedExCup Playoffs. Our members will have the opportunity to get off to a strong start with the FedExCup points available at these eight tournaments.”
Regarding the FedExCup, a strong start has proven to be an important element toward finishing in the top 125 in the points standings and qualifying for the FedExCup Playoffs. In the last two PGA TOUR seasons, all 14 winners of the first seven events have qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs, and eight of those 14 have advanced to the TOUR Championship. This current season, all of the players who were in the top 30 at the end of November remain in the top 125, including 11 in the top 30.
While the 2017 portion of the official season concludes with The RSM Classic, three additional, popular events will be held in December: The Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas (November 27-December 3); the QBE Shootout in Naples, Florida (December 4-10); and the PNC Father/Son Challenge in Orlando, Florida (December 11-17). Each of those will be televised by Golf Channel during the first two rounds, with weekend coverage provided by NBC.
The remainder of the 2017-18 schedule will be announced at a later date.
Dates Tournament TV Network Course(s) Location Oct. 2-8 Safeway Open Golf Silverado Resort and Spa (North Course) Napa, CA Oct. 9-15 CIMB Classic Golf
TPC Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Oct. 16-22 THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES Golf
Nine Bridges Jeju Island, Korea Oct. 23-29 WGC-HSBC Champions Golf Sheshan International Golf Club Shanghai, China Oct. 23-29 Sanderson Farms Championship Golf Country Club of Jackson Jackson, MS Oct. 30-Nov. 5 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Golf TPC Summerlin Las Vegas, NV Nov. 6-12 OHL Classic at Mayakoba Golf El Camaleon Golf Club at the Mayakoba Resort Playa del Carmen, MX Nov. 13-19 The RSM Classic Golf Sea Island Resort (*Seaside Course, Plantation Course) St. Simons Island, GA Nov. 20-26 OPEN Nov. 27-Dec. 3 # Hero World Challenge Golf/NBC Albany New Providence, Bahamas Dec. 4-10 # QBE Shootout Golf/NBC Tiburón Golf Club (Gold Course) Naples, FL Dec. 11-17 # PNC Father/Son Challenge Golf/NBC Ritz Carlton Golf Club, Orlando Orlando, FL Dec. 18-24 OPEN Dec. 25-31 OPEN Jan. 1-7 Sentry Tournament of Champions Golf Kapalua Resort (The Plantation Course) Kapalua, HI
# - Not PGA TOUR co-sponsored
* - Host course