The PGA Tour season is far from over, but 2016-17 is already upon us, at least in terms of a tournament schedule. Here are seven ways the Tour will look different next season:
1. START WITH SAFEWAY
The opening event of the new season (formerly known as the Frys.com Open) will now be named the Safeway Open. It will still take place at Silverado Country Club in Napa, Calif., (from Oct. 13-16) and will feature Phil Mickelson for just the second time in his career.
2. QUAIL HOLLOW TURNS MAJOR
The course that typically plays host to the Wells Fargo Championship will take a year off from that event as it welcomes the 2017 PGA Championship, Aug. 10-13. The Wells Fargo will move to Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, N.C.
3. SOUTH OF THE BORDER
The WGC event formerly held at Trump National Doral is moving to Mexico. (Insert punch line here.) The event will now be called the WGC-Mexico Open and will be conducted in Mexico City, though a host course has not been selected.
4. RENAME AT RIVIERA
The Tour returns to one of its favorite stops at Riviera Country Club in February, but the event will no longer be known as the Northern Trust Open. Instead, it will be named the Genesis Open after Hyundai became the lead sponsor.
5. BACK TO BIRKDALE
In 2017, the British Open returns to Royal Birkdale in Lancashire, England. The last Open champion at Birkdale was Padraig Harrington in 2008, when his score of three over par was good enough for a four-stroke victory over Ian Poulter.
6. BYE BYE, BARCLAYS
Northern Trust has moved its sponsorship east, to the first round of the FedEx Cup playoffs, replacing The Barclays. The tourney, scheduled to start Aug. 24, will now be called the Northern Trust and will be held at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, N.Y.
7. ERIN GO BRAGH
The U.S. Open will make its first trip to Erin Hills in Hartford, Wisc. The course previously hosted the U.S. Amateur Championship in 2011, which was won by Kelly Kraft.