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Bridgestone Invitational dates announced for 2014

By Ron Ledgard Published: September 9, 2013
The PGA Tour announced its 2013-14 schedule this morning, and the Bridgestone Invitational will return to Firestone Country Club on July 28 through Aug. 3.
For the first time, the Tour season moves to a wraparound schedule bridging two calendar years. The 2013-2014 season opens with the Open in San Martin, Calif., (Oct. 10-13), and culminates Sept. 11-14, 2014 with the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola in Atlanta, the fourth and final FedExCup Playoff event.
Here is the complete release from the PGA Tour:
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL (September 9, 2013) – The PGA TOUR has announced the full schedule for the 2013-2014 season, which features 45 FedExCup tournaments.

For the first time, the PGA TOUR season moves to a wraparound schedule bridging two calendar years. The 2013-2014 season opens with the Open in San Martin, CA (October 10-13), and culminates September 11-14, 2014 with the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, the fourth and final FedExCup Playoff event.

“We have an exceptionally strong schedule as we transition to the new season structure,” said Andy Pazder, Chief of Operations for the PGA TOUR. “The season has a solid and interesting start with three domestic and three international tournaments, providing players with a great opportunity to get a jump in the FedExCup standings. The schedule then resumes in January with the traditional swing through Hawaii before moving to the West Coast. We are very pleased with the flow and stability of the new schedule.” 

As previously announced, the season’s first six tournaments offer full FedExCup points in 2013-2014. In addition to the Open, those are the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas (October 17-20); the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (October 24-27), which becomes an official PGA TOUR event for the first time; the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China (October 31-November 3), which also becomes an official event; The McGladrey Classic at Sea Island, GA (November 7-10); and the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico (November 14-17). All six will be televised exclusively on Golf Channel in the U.S.

The season then breaks for approximately 1½ months, through December. Several unofficial tournaments are held  during that span, including the biennial World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia (November 21-24).

The schedule resumes in January with the traditional two-week swing through Hawaii – the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui, which concludes on Monday January 6, and the Sony Open in Hawaii in Honolulu (January 9-12) – before starting a six-week stretch on the West Coast with the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation in La Quinta, CA (January 16-19). Golf Channel maintains exclusive four-round coverage of the PGA TOUR before CBS Sports begins five straight weeks of weekend coverage beginning with the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego (January 23-26). Golf Channel maintains early-round coverage through most of the remaining schedule, except for the major championships.

The West Coast schedule concludes with the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, AZ (February 19-23) on CBS, followed by six straight weeks of weekend television coverage by NBC Sports, which carries through Florida before moving to the Valero Texas Open and Shell Houston Open. New to the Florida Swing is Valspar as title sponsor of the Tampa Bay area’s tournament, now known as the Valspar Championship (March 13-16).

The TOUR remains in the Southeast and returns to Texas over the next seven weeks, beginning with the Masters (April 10-13) and ending with the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth (May 22-25). CBS continues weekend coverage through most of this stretch, save for NBC’s coverage of THE PLAYERS Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (May 8-11). 

Another seven-week block continues primarily through the Midwest and Northeast, starting with the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance in Columbus, OH (May 29-June 1), and through the John Deere Classic in Silvis, IL (July 10-13). CBS will have weekend coverage of six of these, with the exception being NBC’s coverage of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina (June 12-15).

Following The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, UK (July 17-20), the PGA TOUR begins the final four-week push to the FedExCup Playoffs, beginning with the RBC Canadian Open (July 24-27), which will be held at The Royal Montreal Golf Club, home of The Presidents Cup 2007.  The next week features both the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, OH and Reno-Tahoe Open, followed by the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, KY (August 7-10), and then the Wyndham Championship, which again finalizes the 125-player field for the FedExCup Playoffs.

The Barclays leads off the Playoffs by returning to Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, NJ (August 21-24). That is followed by the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston with a Monday finish on Labor Day Weekend (September 1); the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club near Denver (September 4-7); and the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola (September 11-14). CBS will broadcast the weekend of The Barclays, and then NBC takes over for the final three events.

As announced last week, the Sanderson Farms Championship in Madison, MS, will not be contested in 2013-2014 as it moves from July to the front end of the 2014-2015 schedule, opposite the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. With the move, the TOUR no longer will have a tournament the same week as The Open Championship. 


The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning 120 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR Canada.

The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.

Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to nearly 945 million households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2012, tournaments across all Tours generated more than $130 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR’s all-time total of charitable contributions to $1.86 billion.

The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.



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