US Tour defying credit crunch with full schedule
The US PGA Tour has announced a full schedule of 41 events for the 2011 FedExCup season, maintaining the same number for a fourth successive year despite the global credit crunch.
The Tour will begin in Kapalua, Hawaii, from January 6-9 with the elite winners-only Hyundai Tournament of Champions and end in Atlanta from September 22-25 with the Tour Championship, the last of four lucrative playoff events.
Two tournaments -- The Heritage at Hilton Head, South Carolina and the Bob Hope Classic in La Quinta, California -- do not yet have title sponsors.
"The 2011 schedule reflects the overall strength and stability of the PGA Tour," commissioner Tim Finchem (pictured) said in a statement.
"We continue to work on tournament sponsorship commitments and are pleased to welcome new sponsors in Hyundai, Nationwide (the Memorial Tournament's presenting sponsor) and Cadillac (World Golf Championships at Doral).
"In addition to today's schedule announcement, we are delighted to announce that FedEx will be the title sponsor of the FedEx St Jude Classic in 2011."
Among notable schedule changes, there will be an open week between the second and third FedExCup playoff events -- the October 2-5 Deutsche Bank Championship and the October 15-18 BMW Championship.
The Viking Classic has been moved from the Fall Series to the regular season and will be played in the same week as the July 14-17 Open at Royal St George's.
The Reno-Tahoe Open, held during Open Championship week this year, has been shifted to coincide with the August 4-7 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational next season.
The World Golf Championship events, one rung down from the majors, will open with the Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Arizona in February followed by the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami in March.
The third and final stop in the high-profile series will be the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.