2011 PGA Tour

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The 2011 PGA Tour, the 44th season since the Tour became independent from the PGA of America, will consist of a total of 49 sanctioned events running from early January to late November.[1] The schedule, announced on December 2, 2010,[2] has four phases:

  • Regular season — Consisting of 37 events (one less than in 2010), starting on January 6 with the limited-field Hyundai Tournament of Champions (known as the SBS Championship in 2010) and ending with the Wyndham Championship on August 21.
  • FedEx Cup Playoffs — As in previous seasons, this will be a series of four tournaments, starting with The Barclays on August 25–28 and ending with The Tour Championship on September 22–25.
  • Fall Series — After The Tour Championship, the principal portion of the season ends with a series of four tournaments (down from five last season).[2] These tournaments, generally passed on by elite players, offer an additional opportunity for players to secure their tour cards for the following season by finishing in the top 125 on the money list, or to gain a two-year exemption by winning a tournament with a slightly weaker field than usual.
  • After the main season, the 2011 tour will go on an Asia-Pacific swing consisting of four events, none of which offers official prize money.

The regular season will include all four major championships and three of the World Golf Championships events. All four majors and all four WGC events are also sanctioned by the European Tour.

Comparison between 2010 and 2011[edit]

In late 2009, after the 2010 schedule had been announced, it was noted by golf media that most of the Tour's contracts for sponsorship of individual tournaments were locked in through that season. However, it was speculated that the expiration of those sponsorship contracts in 2011 would see substantial changes in the PGA Tour landscape.[3]

As it turned out, the 2011 schedule was largely the same as in 2010. The number of official money events was reduced by one with the demise of the Turning Stone Resort Championship, but the tour's total prize money will remain virtually the same. Seventeen tournaments will increase their prize money by a total of $3.8 million, almost completely offsetting the loss of the $4 million prize fund at Turning Stone. Assuming that the majors maintain their 2010 prize funds, the tour will offer a total of $288 million in purses.[4]

Changes for 2011[edit]

The Tour announced several changes from the 2010 schedule. Apart from the aforementioned demise of the Turning Stone Resort Championship, switches in scheduling of existing tournaments, and changes in sponsorships, the most important changes are:[2]

FedEx Cup off week[edit]

The off week for the FedEx Cup playoffs, which had previously been the week prior to The Tour Championship, will move to the week before the BMW Championship. This alleviates concerns about a short turnaround after the second playoff event, the Deutsche Bank Championship, which is the only tournament on the schedule that normally ends on Monday (specifically on Labor Day).

Match Play Championship final[edit]

The final of the Accenture Match Play Championship will be reduced from 36 holes to 18.

Fall Series[edit]

With the move of the Viking Classic into the regular season, specifically opposite The Open Championship, the Fall Series has been reduced to four events.

Schedule[edit]

The following table lists the main season events for 2011. "Date" is the ending date of each event. The numbers in parentheses after the winners' names are the number of wins they had on tour up to and including that event. For an explanation of the "Status" column, see PGA Tour event categories.

Date Tournament Location Status Winner OWGR[5]
Jan 9 Hyundai Tournament of Champions Hawaii Unique United States Jonathan Byrd (5) 50
Jan 16 Sony Open in Hawaii Hawaii Regular United States Mark Wilson (3) 48
Jan 23 Bob Hope Classic California Regular Venezuela Jhonattan Vegas (1) 32
Jan 30 Farmers Insurance Open California Regular United States Bubba Watson (2) 48
Feb 7[N 1] Waste Management Phoenix Open Arizona Regular United States Mark Wilson (4) 50
Feb 13 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am California Regular United States D. A. Points (1) 42
Feb 20 Northern Trust Open California Regular Australia Aaron Baddeley (3) 62
Feb 27 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship Arizona WGC England Luke Donald (3) 76
Feb 27 Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun Quintana Roo, Mexico Alternate United States Johnson Wagner (2) 24
Mar 6 The Honda Classic Florida Regular South Africa Rory Sabbatini (6) 54
Mar 13 WGC-Cadillac Championship Florida WGC United States Nick Watney (3) 74
Mar 13 Puerto Rico Open Puerto Rico Alternate United States Michael Bradley (4) 24
Mar 20 Transitions Championship Florida Regular United States Gary Woodland (1) 52
Mar 27 Arnold Palmer Invitational Florida Regular Scotland Martin Laird (2) 58
Apr 3 Shell Houston Open Texas Regular United States Phil Mickelson (39) 52
Apr 10 Masters Tournament Georgia Major South Africa Charl Schwartzel (1) 100
Apr 17 Valero Texas Open Texas Regular United States Brendan Steele (1) 28
Apr 24 The Heritage South Carolina Regular United States Brandt Snedeker (2) 50
May 1 Zurich Classic of New Orleans Louisiana Regular United States Bubba Watson (3) 46
May 8 Wells Fargo Championship North Carolina Regular United States Lucas Glover (3) 58
May 15 The Players Championship Florida Unique South Korea K. J. Choi (8) 80
May 22 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Texas Regular United States David Toms (13) 46
May 29 HP Byron Nelson Championship Texas Regular United States Keegan Bradley (1) 38
Jun 5 The Memorial Tournament Ohio Regular United States Steve Stricker (10) 62
Jun 12 FedEx St. Jude Classic Tennessee Regular United States Harrison Frazar (1) 38
Jun 19 U.S. Open Maryland Major Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy (2) 100
Jun 26 Travelers Championship Connecticut Regular Sweden Fredrik Jacobson (1) 44
Jul 3 AT&T National Pennsylvania Regular United States Nick Watney (4) 44
Jul 10 John Deere Classic Illinois Regular United States Steve Stricker (11) 30
Jul 17 The Open Championship (British Open) England Major Northern Ireland Darren Clarke (3) 100
Jul 17 Viking Classic Mississippi Alternate United States Chris Kirk (1) 24
Jul 24 RBC Canadian Open British Columbia, Canada Regular United States Sean O'Hair (4) 46
Jul 31 Greenbrier Classic West Virginia Regular United States Scott Stallings (1) 32
Aug 7 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Ohio WGC Australia Adam Scott (8) 76
Aug 7 Reno-Tahoe Open Nevada Alternate United States Scott Piercy (1) 24
Aug 14 PGA Championship Georgia Major United States Keegan Bradley (2) 100
Aug 21 Wyndham Championship North Carolina Regular United States Webb Simpson (1) 38
Aug 27[N 2] The Barclays New Jersey Playoffs United States Dustin Johnson (5) 70
Sep 5 Deutsche Bank Championship Massachusetts Playoffs United States Webb Simpson (2) 70
Sep 18 BMW Championship Illinois Playoffs England Justin Rose (3) 66
Sep 25 Tour Championship Georgia Playoffs United States Bill Haas (3) 54
Oct 2 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Nevada Fall Series United States Kevin Na (1) 24
Oct 9 Frys.com Open California Fall Series United States Bryce Molder (1) 24
Oct 16 McGladrey Classic Georgia Fall Series United States Ben Crane (4) 42
Oct 23 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic Florida Fall Series England Luke Donald (4) 32
Oct 30 CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia Selangor, Malaysia Unofficial United States Bo Van Pelt (n/a) 30
Nov 6 WGC-HSBC Champions Shanghai, China WGC Germany Martin Kaymer (n/a) 62
Nov 20 Presidents Cup Victoria, Australia Team United States U.S. Team n/a
Nov 27 Omega Mission Hills World Cup Hainan, China Team  United States
(Matt Kuchar & Gary Woodland)
n/a
Dec 4 Chevron World Challenge California Unofficial United States Tiger Woods (n/a) 44
  1. ^ The tournament was scheduled to end on February 6, but the end of the final round was pushed back to the following day due to delays for frost and frozen greens on three of the four scheduled days.
  2. ^ The tournament was scheduled to end on August 28, but was shortened to 54 holes due to Hurricane Irene.

Money leaders[edit]

This shows the final money leaders for the 2011 PGA Tour season. These figures do not include FedEx Cup bonus money.

Rank Player Country Events Prize money ($)
1 Luke Donald  England 19 6,683,214
2 Webb Simpson  United States 26 6,347,353
3 Nick Watney  United States 22 5,290,673
4 K. J. Choi  South Korea 22 4,434,691
5 Dustin Johnson  United States 21 4,309,961
6 Matt Kuchar  United States 24 4,233,920
7 Bill Haas  United States 26 4,088,637
8 Steve Stricker  United States 19 3,992,785
9 Jason Day  Australia 21 3,962,647
10 David Toms  United States 23 3,858,090

There is a full list on the PGA Tour's website here.

Awards[edit]

Award Winner Country
PGA Tour Player of the Year (Jack Nicklaus Trophy) Luke Donald  England
PGA Player of the Year Luke Donald  England
Money winner (Arnold Palmer Award) Luke Donald  England
Scoring leader (PGA - Vardon Trophy) Luke Donald  England
Scoring leader (PGA Tour - Byron Nelson Award) Luke Donald  England
Rookie of the Year Keegan Bradley  United States
Comeback Player of the Year None[6]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 PGA Tour schedule" (Press release). PGA Tour. December 2, 2010. Archived from the original on 4 December 2010. Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "2011 schedule includes key change during the Playoffs" (Press release). PGA Tour. December 2, 2010. Archived from the original on 4 December 2010. Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ Sobel, Jason and Harig, Bob (November 3, 2009). "With 2010 status quo, 2011 up in the air". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ Associated Press (December 2, 2010). "PGA Tour releases '11 schedule". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ Each tournament is allocated a certain number of Official World Golf Rankings points for its champion, and points for lower finishes are based on a sliding scale. The major championships and the Players Championship have fixed allocations, but the points of the other tournaments depend on the strength of the field so they are not available in advance.
  6. ^ No comeback player award this season

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