Posted: Friday October 28, 2005 5:37PM; Updated: Friday October 28, 2005 5:37PM
From SI.com wire reports
The PGA Tour will make major schedule changes starting in the 2007 season, including a points chase and playoff system including four late-season events, USA Today reported Friday.
The newspaper, citing players and two unnamed tour officials, said details of the plan would be revealed by Tour commissioner Tim Finchem on Wednesday at next week's Tour Championship in Atlanta.
Tour officials are set to renegotiate television contracts next month and the move is seen as a way to boost greater viewership of events that have lacked star drawing card Tiger Woods or in post-majors tournaments.
Restructuring the schedule could bring bigger-name players such as Woods, Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson into late-season events, giving them better chance to attract viewers against American football, baseball and auto racing.
"It's going to reward guys that are playing well," Singh said. "They want some sort of finale."
The Tour Championship would become the culmination of the four-event series, moving from its season-ending November date to September with six or seven tournaments following it on the late-season schedule, the report said.
Players would accumulate points during the season to earn their way into four events in August and September with significantly larger prize money.
Coming on the heels of the year's final major event, the PGA Championship in August, would be the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston, the Barclays Classic in Westchester, New York, and Western Open in suburban Chicago.
The Tour Championship would move to September and be played the following week, with other events to come later that would not be part of the championship "chase" but would count toward season prize money.
"There will be just as many rounds of golf in '07 as in '06," Tour veteran Davis Love said. "We'll have just as many tournaments, just a different order."