The PGA Tour schedule goes back to normal for 2016-2017 season
Golf's inclusion in the Olympics for the first time in 112 years created the most jam-packed summer in PGA Tour history. Players will be happy to know that a return to normalcy is on tap for next season.
On Monday, the PGA Tour released its schedule for the 2016-17 campaign, and outside of a few sponsorship changes, it's pretty much what you would expect pre-Rio. Beginning with the Safeway Open (new sponsor) at Silverado Resort and Spa Oct. 13-16 and concluding with the Tour Championship Sept. 20, there will be 47 FedEx Cup tournaments.
The Safeway Open starts a stretch of seven events before the tour takes a break in December. Play resumes with the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua and there isn't another break before a week off between the second and third FedEx Cup Playoff events. The Presidents Cup will be held at Liberty National the week after the Tour Championship.
With no Olympics, the PGA Championship, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and Barracuda Championship move back to their normal August slots. The Travelers Championship returns to June from August and the John Deere Classic moves back to July from August.
The biggest change comes with 2017's first WGC event. Formerly the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, the event is now the WGC-Mexico Championship. It will still be played in March, and a venue in Mexico City is still to be determined.
Here's a look at the full schedule with the TV networks that will provide coverage of the events: