GAINESVILLE Va.— Some big changes were required to the PGA Tour's 2015-16 schedule in order to include golf in the Olympics in Brazil.
A few big-name events were reshuffled, and it will be a busy summer for the top Tour pros.
The PGA Championship, golf’s traditional fourth major in August, gets bumped up to the end of July next year due to the new Olympic golf events. The Olympic tournament will fill the PGA Championship’s usual date, Aug. 11-14, while the PGA will be held July 25-31.
The John Deere Classic leaves its usual Fourth of July weekend and goes to Aug. 8-14, the same weekend as the Olympics.
The Wyndham Championship will follow the Olympics, then the FedEx Cup playoff series will begin. The Barclays, Deutsche Bank Championships and BMW Championship will be played in consecutive weeks, followed by an off week, then the Tour Championship will conclude the series Sept. 19-25.
The Ryder Cup, which will be held at Hazeltine in Minneapolis, will immedately follow the Tour Championship and be held Sept. 26-Oct. 2.
In another significant change, the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone in Akron, Ohio, will move from its usual spot the week before the PGA in August to the last week in June. The Bridgestone will be held June 27-July 3.
In other shuffling, the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines moves to the last week of January, just ahead of the Waste Management Phoenix Open (it was the other way around this year); the Quicken Loans National moves to the week after the U.S. Open in June; the Greenbrier Classic shifts into the spot the week before the British Open traditionally held by the John Deere Classic; and the Canadian Open remains in late July, but is now played the week before the PGA.
The full schedule is below.
Oct. 15-18: Frys.com Open
Oct. 22-25: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Oct. 29-1: CIMB Classic
Nov. 5-8: WGC-HSBC Champions
Nov. 5-8: Sanderson Farms Championship
Nov. 12-15: OHL Classic at Mayakoba
Nov. 19-22: The McGladrey Classic
Jan. 7-10: Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Jan. 14-17: Sony Open in Hawaii
Jan. 21-24: CareerBuilder Challenge
Jan. 28-31: Farmers Insurance Open
Feb. 4-7: Waste Management Phoenix Open
Feb. 11-14: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Feb. 18-21: Northern Trust Open
Feb. 25-28: Honda Classic
March 3-6: WGC-Cadillac Championship
March 10-13: Valspar Championship
March 17-20: Arnold Palmer Invitational
March 24-27: WGC-Dell Match Play Championship
March 24-27: Puerto Rico Open
March 31-April 3: Shell Houston Open
April 7-10: Masters Tournament
April 14-17: RBC Heritage
April 21-24: Valero Texas Open
April 28-May 1: Zurich Classic of New Orleans
May 5-8: Wells Fargo Championship
May 12-15: Players Championship
May 19-22: AT&T Byron Nelson Championship
May 26-29: Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
June 2-5: Memorial Tournament
June 9-12: FedEx St. Jude Classic
June 16-19: U.S. Open
June 23-26: Quicken Loans National
June 30-July 3: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
July 7-10: Greenbrier Classic
July 14-17: British Open
July 14-17: Barbasol Championship
July 21-24: RBC Canadian Open
July 28-31: PGA Championship
Aug. 4-7: Travelers Championship
Aug. 11-14: Olympics
Aug. 11-14: John Deere Classic
Aug. 18-21: Wyndham Championship
Aug. 25-28: The Barclays
Sept. 2-5: Deutsche Bank Championship
Sept. 8-11: Open Week
Sept. 15-18: BMW Championship
Sept. 22-25: Tour Championship
Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Ryder Cup