Altvater: PGA Tour players face a hectic schedule in July, August, SeptemberWritten by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
If you remember back to January and February, big name golfers like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson chose not to play in several events, citing the length of the PGA Tour season. They feel that they need to save themselves for the big events that come toward the latter part of the season.
There is a lot of serious golf to be played over the next three months with very little time off between rounds.
Phil and Tiger are both playing this week at the Greenbrier Classic for their final tune-up prior to the Open Championship July 19-22.
The WGC-Bridgestone at Firestone is held Aug. 2-5, and the following week the final major of the year, the PGA Championship, will be held at Kiawah Island.
The players get a week of down time and then they head right into the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
The playoffs feature four tournaments in a five-week span with $8 million purses and $1.4 million going to each winner.
The Barclays at Bethpage opens the race to the $10 million check for the FedEx Cup Aug. 23-26.
Dustin Johnson won the 2011 Barclays, has a win in 2012, and is playing well again after returning to the tour from injury.
Bethpage Black is one of the most difficult courses in the world and New York golf fans will provide the sideshow.
The tour then moves up the road to Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship.
2012 U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson is the defending champion and had a phenomenal finish in the FedEx Cup Playoffs in 2011, eventually finishing second to Luke Donald in the PGA Tour money race.
The playoffs then move to the Midwest for the BMW Championship to be held at Crooked Stick just outside of Indianapolis.
Justin Rose collected the BMW trophy last year and is having a fantastic year in 2012.
The players get a well-earned week off before invading the home of Bobby Jones, East Lake Golf Club, in Atlanta for the season-ending Tour Championship.
Who can forget Bill Haas’ chip from the edge of the water on the 71st hole last year to capture the FedEx Cup and the $10 million?
Oh, and don’t forget that little international golf outing called the Ryder Cup to be held at Medinah Country Club the very next week.
Beginning with the Greenbrier this week, the top players in the world will be playing in eight big-time events over the next 12 weeks.
Player of the Year, FedEx Cup, PGA Tour money title, plus two major championships are all up for grabs over the next three months.
Can Tiger collect a couple more wins, ascend to the No. 1 Official World Golf Ranking and reclaim his throne as the “Best Golfer Walking the Fairways”? Can he win at Royal Lytham or Kiawah and get one major title closer to Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors?
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