Pro golf tours hosting contest with equal rewards for men and women

Tanya Simon
July 12, 2018

PGA confirmed the place and time of the new Detroit tournament on Tuesday morning with the release of their 2018-2019 schedule.

Brittany Lincicome watches her tee shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship golf tournament at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer, Ill., on June 28. 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.

After months of teasing, the PGA Tour's return to MI got a name, date and confirmation of location Tuesday. The TPC Boston, meanwhile, will rotate with a New York-area course every other year for the opening FedEx Cup playoff event.

The BMW Championship will be the middle event for the leading 70 players in the FedExCup standings, while TPC Boston will host the Northern Trust on alternate years from 2020 after the Dell Technologies Championship removed from the schedule.

The season-long Aon Risk Reward Challenge will culminate in a US$1 million prize for the player at the top of the Aon-led rankings on both the PGA and LPGA tours.

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The US PGA playoffs will now start August 8-11 with the Northern Trust, which will be played near NY in 2019 and Boston in 2020 as the cities exchange host rights each year rather than each hosting a playoff event as they will this year.

"We are extremely pleased with the way the schedule has come together, particularly with the number of changes that were involved and the strength of the partnerships required to achieve this new look", PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

This year's Tour Championship ends September 23.

The WGC-Mexico Championship moves up a week following Genesis and precedes the Honda Classic and Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The 101st PGA Championship will be staged May 16-19 at Bethpage Black with the US Open four weeks later at Pebble Beach June 13-16 and the British Open concluding the major schedule July 18-21 at Portrush in Northern Ireland. The move was originally announced previous year. If they play the following week's WGC event in Memphis, golfers are looking at five tournaments in six weeks to end the season.

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