PGA and LPGA partner with Aon to offer US$1m annual prize

PGA and LPGA partner with Aon to offer US$1m annual prize

PGA and LPGA partner with Aon to offer US$1m annual prize

Behind the tighter schedule was a desire for the tour to complete its season at the Tour Championship before the start of college football and the NFL.

It means the Open Championship - which will continue to be held in July - will become the last major in the calendar.

This year's Tour Championship ends September 23.

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Houston and Greenbrier are to return to the fall portion of the schedule in 2019.

The FedExCup Playoffs will feature three events, instead of four, starting with the 2018-19 PGA Tour season according to the official 2018-19 schedule released Tuesday.

The Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit features on the schedule for the first time from June 27-30, with the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities - now a Champions Tour event - a week later.

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As previously announced, the RBC Canadian Open is moving to the week before the U.S. Open, and its date following The Open is being filled by the World Golf Championship event that is moving from Akron, Ohio, to Memphis, Tennessee, and will now be known as the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Liberty National in Jersey City will host next year's event while TPC Boston in Norton will serve as host in 2020 and 2022.

"It's been our stated objective for several years to create better sequencing of our tournaments that golf fans around the world can engage in from start to finish", PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement.

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.

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The PGA TOUR has held a tournament in Memphis every year since 1958 with Colonial Country Club playing host until the event moved permanently to TPC Southwind in 1989. The move was originally announced a year ago. The details of the competition, which will be sponsored by Aon, have yet to be completed, but a running tally of the players' scores on the designated holes will be kept and the standings will be updated weekly and publicized on each tour's various media platforms, including CBS for the men, and Golf Channel for the women.

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