Change is coming to the PGA Tour in 2019... a lot of change.
After a wild and unpredictable 2018 campaign, the PGA is reshuffling it's schedule, rules and championship qualifiers in an attempt to help the sport continue its annual growth.
There's a lot that is changing on January 1 for the PGA, so we highlighted the most important things that you need to know before heading into the new year.
THE PLAYERS Championship Moves to March
Quite possibly the biggest change you'll see in the PGA Tour's calendar for 2019 is that THE PLAYERS Championship is moving from May to March. This move puts golf's "unofficial fifth major" before any of the four major championships on the calendar.
There are multiple reasons for the move. One is that there is now a major event every single month from March through July. But the move mostly is a result of the PGA Tour trying to wrap up earlier and get out of the way of fall football.
THE PLAYERS Championship's home really is in the month of March. It spent its first 30 years at Ponte Vedra Beach in the third month of the year before moving to May in 2007. After 11 years, it is returning back to its home month.
New PGA Tour Events & Locations
- Rocket Mortgage Classic
- June 24-30 at Detroit Golf Club
- 3M Open
- July 4-7 at TPC Twin Cities
- World Golf Championships-Fed Ex St. Jude Invitational
- July 22-28 at TPC Southwind (Memphis, TN)
New Major Championship Schedule
- Will be held at Augusta National from April 11-14
2019 PGA Championship
- Will be held at Bethpage Black Course in Long Island, New York from May 13-19
2019 U.S. Open
- Will be held at Pebble Beach from June 13-16
The Open Championship 2019
- Will be held at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland from July 18-21
Rule Changes in the PGA TOUR for 2019
While different course styles and conditions play a role in a golfer's success, nothing impacts a player more than the rules that they are held to. Starting in 2019, there are some new rules that will call for a big change in the sport. Here they are:
- Golfers can now putt with the flag still in the hole
- There will no longer be a penalty for golfers who accidentally move a ball on the putting green
- Golfers now must drop the ball from knee height when dropping due to abnormal course conditions or a shot into the penalty area
- There is now a three minute time limit to find a lost ball
- Golfers have 40 seconds to hit their shot
- There will be no penalty for a golfer hitting the ball twice within one stroke
- Caddies cannot read a put from behind another player
How the Tour Championship is Decided
While it's a rare occurrence, it was possible for one golfer to win the FedEx Cup and another golfer win the Tour Championship. In fact, Tiger Woods won the 2018 Tour Championship while Justin Rose took home the FedEx cup.
In 2019, this setup will change. The new Tour Championship will establish golfers in different tiers in coordination with their rankings in the FedEx Cup standings. This setup will make the Tour Champion also become the FedEx Cup Champion when all is said and done.
Here is how it will play out:
- The FedEx leader coming in will start the Tour Championship at 10-under par
- Second place will start at 8-under
- Third place will start at 7-under
- Fourth will start at 6-under
- Fifth will start at 5-under
- Sixth through tenth place will start at 4-under
- 11th through 15th will start at 3-under
- 16th through 20th will start at 2-under
- 21st through 25th will start at one under
- 26th through 30th will start even
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