LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Players worrying about keeping their cards next year will have plenty of time to fret while the Tour’s stars are cashing in in Asia.
Next year’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, the PGA Tour’s season finale, will be held Nov. 8-11, more than two weeks after the McGladrey Classic, which is scheduled Oct. 18-21 in St. Simons Island, Ga. The McGladrey Classic will be followed by the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic on Oct. 25-28 at The Mines Resort & Golf Club and the WGC-HSBC Champions on Nov. 1-4 at a to-be-determined site in China.
The gap may look strange at first glance, but there was a similar one in 2010. The McGladrey and Children’s Miracle Network Classic were held in consecutive weeks this year. The change has to do with the timing of each year’s international team event.
“Disney is moving back to its traditional date because the Ryder Cup follows the Tour Championship next year, which pushes the start of our Fall Series a week later,” said Andy Pazder, the Tour’s executive vice president and chief of operations. “With the Presidents Cup in mid-November, we were able to begin our Fall Series the week after the Tour Championship this year. We could not move Malaysia or HSBC Champions a week later, so we slotted Disney in the second week of November just like we did in 2010.”
The Ryder Cup is scheduled for Sept. 28-30, 2012. This year’s Presidents Cup is Nov. 17-20.
Last year, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic was held Nov. 11-14, more than two weeks after the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on Oct. 21-24. Pazder said the Tour did not schedule next year’s Disney tournament the week after the McGladrey because the Tour did not want two Tour-sanctioned events – the CIMB and Disney – conflicting.