The PGA Tour unveiled its 2019-20 schedule on Monday with an increase in the number of tournaments to 49 and changes to the order of events on the calendar, including the 3M Open in Minnesota.
The season will start Sept. 12 with A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier, formerly called the Greenbrier Classic, which is moving from its traditional July date. In October, the Tour will stop in Texas at the Houston Open, which was not on the 2018-19 schedule but had been played previous seasons in April.
Two first-time events also are on the schedule: the Zozo Championship in Japan in late October and the Bermuda Championship in early November, played opposite the WGC-HSBC Champions.
Once Tour play resumes in January in Hawaii after the holidays, the schedule will remain unchanged from this season until the last week of May, when the Rocket Mortgage Classic will be played a month earlier than in 2019. The next four weeks stay the same before the move of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational and Barracuda Championship to June-29-July 5 and the 3M Open to July 20-26, the week before the Tour will take a break for the Tokyo Olympics.
Because of the week off for the Olympics, the FedExCup Playoffs will begin one week later and conclude the final week of August with the Tour Championship, played Aug. 24-30.
PGA Tour to reduce cut from 70 to 65 players
It will be harder to make a cut on the PGA Tour next season as the number of players allowed to play during the final two days of a tournament will be reduced from 70 and ties to the top 65 and ties.
In doing so, the PGA Tour will eliminate the secondary 54-hole cut that has been used if 78 or more players advance after the 36-hole cut.
One of the main reasons for reducing the Saturday-Sunday field was the slow play that resulted when 78 or more players advanced to the final two rounds.
"I was a big proponent of not doing it," golfer Brandt Snedeker said in Golf Digest about the new change in the cut rule. "I didn't think the system was broken."
In another change, the fields in events played on the same weekend as major championships or WGC events, will be reduced from 132 players to 120, although fields can be expanded to accommodate players from the Korn Ferry Tour, formerly known as the Web.com Tour.