Beards, Barbasol, and Barracuda?
By Torleif Sorenson on 8/15/14
The PGA Tour's 2014-15 season schedule has been unveiled — with one completely new tournament, one resurrected tournament, and schedule changes for several venerable events.
New Kids On The BlockIn their press release, the PGA Tour insists that two new tournaments are on the schedule. But that is a bit misleading; the Sanderson Farms Championship will return to the schedule after a one-year absence. The Tour's Mississippi stop is now an opposite-field event for the WGC-HSBC Champions, moves to November 6-9, 2014 from July, and moves to the Country Club of Jackson. In any event, we are happy to see the PGA Tour return to Mississippi.
The event that is genuinely new is the... umm... Barbasol Championship, to be played opposite the Open Championship on July 16-19 on the Lake Course at the RTJ Golf Trail-Grand National in Opelika, Alabama.
We cannot help but wonder if Graham DeLaet and Thomas Bjørn will be playing in the Barbasol Championship:
I Left My Putterrrrr... In San Francisco...The WGC-Match Play moves from Tucson to Harding Park and shifts to the first weekend in May, just before the Players Championship. We question the wisdom of sending players from New Orleans (Zurich Classic, April 23-26), all the way over to San Francisco the next weekend, and then another cross-country flight to TPC Sawgrass the week following. But after several snow delays in Tuscon in February, we will not question the change on the calendar.
Texas Two-StepImmediately after the Players Championship will be the two DFW-area events. But in 2015, the Colonial will be played the week before the Byron Nelson — a schedule flip.
It's Too Darned HotWashington, DC is notorious for being insufferably hot and humid during the summer. But that did not stop the Tour from moving their Washington-area stop, hosted by Tiger Woods and currently known as the Quicken Loans National, to the first weekend in August.
(We are certain that, in Heaven right now, Ken Venturi is shaking his head and smiling.)
And for now, the Presidents Cup still exists. Given that 2015 is an off-year for the Ryder Cup, the Presidents Cup will be held October 5-11 at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in South Korea. (Insert your Kim Jong-Un jokes here.)
Ooooh, BarracudaFinally, we note that the Tour's Reno-area stop was named the Barracuda Championship just before this year's edition was played. We'd like to see the Canadian band Heart play at that one.
2014-15 schedule in PDF
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I guess it's fair to say the Sanderson Farms Championship "returns" to Mississippi because it wasn't technically on the 2013-14 (October 13-September 14) wrap-around schedule. The championship is returning to the Fall Series, which is where it was historically, from the summer opposite the British and as a result the event was "skipped" this season. But the event was played in the calendar year of 13 and it will be played in the calendar year of 14, so in reality it never left.
Jfurr, Jaturia, Golfinbumunderpar, and I played the RTJ Course the Barbasol is going to be played on earlier this year. Really good course.
I'd much rather see the Canadian band Rush play...
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