PGA Tour announces 2010 schedule
Like a lot of businesses out there, the PGA Tour unveiled a leaner and meaner tour schedule for 2010.
The major championships sites for the upcoming year have a very circa 2000 feel to them. With Pebble Beach hosting the U.S. Open and St. Andrews hosting the British Open, I think it’s safe to say the course complaints should be kept to a minimum. Whistling Straits rounds out the foursome, hosting the PGA Championship.
Four events will be held on new courses next year:
• The AT&T National moves to the Philadelphia area for the next two years at Aronimink GC.
• The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am will see Monterey Peninsula CC join the rotation, replacing Poppy Hills.
• The Valero Texas Open will be held at the new TPC San Antonio for the first time.
• The RBC Canadian Open will be held in suburban Toronto at St. George’s G&CC for the first time since 1968.
The big change I noticed was Turning Stone’s inclusion in the regular tour schedule. Instead of being in the spotlight for an entire week during the Fall Finish, the event will now have to contend with the WGC-Bridgestone. (I’m sure the event will be thrilled to hear that.)
Torrey Pines also has a new sponsor in the wake of Buick’s departure from the PGA Tour landscape. The Century Club of San Diego is the “current” sponsor. I say that with trepidation, because I doubt it’ll remain that way. The Century Club is a charity organization in the San Diego area, and based on what I’ve been reading on their website, they’re 60 days away from naming a sponsor. (Read: Don’t hold your breath.)
I honestly don’t have any major gripes with the new schedule. To be honest, I’m shocked so many events are still in place for 2010. However, if there’s one thing I will complain about, it’s the exclusion of the Justin Timberlake/Shriners event from the regular schedule.
It had a fantastic field for a Fall Finish event. There’s no way I’d let a quality tournament host and field sit in the Fall Finish lineup for another season.