PGA Tour schedule in 2018-19 released, includes shortened FedEx Cup playoffs

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In both June and July of next year, one new tournament will make its debut on the PGA Tour schedule. Top players then go straight to Tennessee for the FedEx Cup Invitational, a World Golf Championship in Memphis that replaces the event held at Firestone in Ohio.

The PGA Tour unveiled its schedule for the 2018-19 campaign, officially listing the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit for June 24-30 at Detroit Golf Club.

The tour will feature 46 events over 41 weeks, down from 48 tournaments this year.

Houston and Greenbrier are to return to the fall portion of the schedule in 2019.

In the 2018-19 schedule, the FedEx St. Jude Invitational will follow the season's final major championship - The Open Championship - on the schedule and will be followed by the regular season's final event, the Wyndham Championship, before transitioning into the FedExCup Playoffs, which have been shortened to three events. The BMW Championship will be held at Chicago's Medinah No. 3 in 2019 followed by the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta. TPC Boston will remain part of the FedExCup Playoffs, rotating with greater New York City every other year as the host of The Northern Trust, beginning in 2020.

The PGA Tour is expected to announce a revamped playoff format later this year.

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"And by concluding at the end of August, the FedEx Cup playoffs no longer have the challenge of sharing the stage with college and professional football".

Still to be determined is whether the PGA Tour will change the structure for the FedEx Cup, and how this new schedule will work in 2020 when the Olympics are in Japan from July 24 to August 9.

After the RBC Heritage and Zurich Classic of New Orleans comes the Wells Fargo Championship.

Scheduled for May 13-19, 2019, at Bethpage State Park's Black Course (above), the PGA Championship will be the second major played in the 2019 tournament schedule, five weeks after the Masters Tournament and five weeks before the U.S. Open. The Detroit stop is wedged near the midway point between the U.S. Open and the British Open.

It means the Open Championship - which will continue to be held in July - will become the last major in the calendar. It is one of two new events in rotation for the tour next season.

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