It doesn't bring the same anticipation as the yearly release of the NFL schedule, but on Wednesday the PGA Tour announced its schedule for 2012. Of course, there were a couple of minor tweaks to the schedule, but for the most part, things look very similar to the 2011 schedule.
Here are the changes you need to know about:
- The schedule includes 45 official money tournaments, which happens to be the same number as 2011; 37 of those events will occur during the regular season.
- Tour officials decided to move the final round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions to Monday, which should allow the event to get primetime billing for once. The final round usually fell on Wild Card weekend for the NFL, and that usually meant eyeballs weren't on the golf coverage.
- With RBC in the fold, the Heritage will get its old date back next year. After taking the slot two weeks after the Masters, the event will once again be played the week following the first major of the year.
- One year after flipping dates, the Byron Nelson and Colonial will go back to their original rotation on the tour schedule. The Nelson will be played May 14-20, while the Colonial will get May 21-27. Both events will still be played after the Players Championship (May 9-13).
- The Greenbrier Classic will be played on July 4th weekend; the event took place at the end of July during the 2011 season.
- AT&T National will be returning to Congressional CC in 2012, and will get the June 25-July 1 slot.
- The FedEx Cup playoffs will take a one week break following the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick GC.
- The Ryder Cup, set to be played at Medinah, will be the week after the Tour Championship.
- The only major shuffle in the schedule came at the end of the year. Following three Fall Series events, the tour will play two events abroad before returning back home to play the final tour event of the year, the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, on November 8-11.
I don't have any issues with the schedule for next year, but the decision to move the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic to November just seems silly. It's the final tour event of the year and, in my opinion, it should be played in the middle of October -- not a couple weeks later to stretch the tour schedule.