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December 17, 2018

PGA Tour Season Preview

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While the NFL enjoys an off-season of around 215 days each year and the MLB takes about 150 days off, golf is a different story. After a mere 10-day break, the 2018–2019 PGA Tour schedule got back into full swing this fall. Players came back to the green, racking up early FedExCup points and traveling the world. Following a quick rest for the holidays, this year’s tour will head out to some favorite stops, with some key changes to the schedule.

Here are the can’t-miss stops in store in early 2019 and how to stream or watch the PGA tour live:

Sentry Tournament of Champions

When: January 3–6

Where: Plantation Course at the Kapalua Resort in Maui

TV: Golf Channel, NBC

Sony Open

When: January 10–13

Where: Honolulu

TV: Golf Channel

Waste Management Phoenix Open

When: January 31–February 3

Where: TPC Scottsdale

TV: Golf Channel, NBC

The Phoenix stop is the biggest party on the tour, held every Super Bowl weekend. This tournament, won by Gary Woodland in 2018, attracted nearly 720,000 rowdy fans last year, setting a new attendance record.

Changes to the PGA Tour

The most notable change this year is the scheduling of the PGA Championship and The Players Championship, known as the “fifth major.” The Players moves from May to March, and the PGA moves to May from its traditional spot in August as the last major. This puts it in between the Masters Tournament in April and the U.S. Open, which remains in June, on Father’s Day weekend. The British Open keeps its traditional July schedule.

There are also two new tournaments this year being held on back-to-back weeks:

Rocket Mortgage Classic

When: June 27–30

Where: Detroit Golf Club

TV: CBS, Golf Channel

3M Open

When: July 4–7

Where: TPC Twin Cities

TV: CBS, Golf Channel

With these scheduling changes for some of the year’s most important tournaments, the tour Championship and the crowning of the FedExCup winner will happen in August, wrapping up the season before the NFL season takes over the nation’s televisions. Mark your calendars for the important 2019 tournaments below:

World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship

When: February 21–24

Where: Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City, Mexico

Defending Champion: Phil Mickelson ($1,700,000)

TV: Golf Channel, NBC

Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard

When: March 7–10

Where: Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Florida

Defending Champion: Rory McIlroy ($1,602,000)

TV: Golf Channel, NBC

The Players Championship

When: March 14–17

Where: TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Defending Champion: Webb Simpson ($1,980,000)

TV: Golf Channel, NBC

The Masters Tournament

When: April 11–14

Where: Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia

Defending Champion: Patrick Reed ($1,980,000)

TV: CBS, ESPN

Wells Fargo Championship

When: May 2–5

Where: Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina

Defending Champion: Jason Day ($1,386,000)

TV: Golf Channel, CBS

PGA Championship

When: May 16–19

Where: Bethpage State Park Black Course in Bethpage, New York

Defending Champion: Brooks Koepka ($1,980,000)

TV: CBS, TNT

The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

When: May 30–June 2

Where: Muirfield Village Golf Club, in Dublin, Ohio

Defending Champion: Bryson DeChambeau ($1,602,000)

TV: Golf Channel, CBS

U.S. Open

When: June 13–16

Where: Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California

Defending Champion: Brooks Koepka ($2,160,000)

TV: FOX, FS1

British Open

When: July 18–21

Where: Royal Portrush Golf Club Portrush, Northern Ireland

Defending Champion: Francesco Molinari ($1,890,000)

TV: Golf Channel, NBC

World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational

When: July 25–28

Where: TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee

Defending Champion: Justin Thomas ($1,700,000)

TV: Golf Channel, CBS

Tour Championship

When: August 22–25

Where: East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia

Defending Champion: Tiger Woods ($1,620,000)

TV: Golf Channel, NBC

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