PGA Tour

Frys.com Open at Silverado starts 2014-15 PGA Tour season

2014-08-13T20:37:00Z 2014-08-13T22:15:05Z Frys.com Open at Silverado starts 2014-15 PGA Tour seasonMARTY JAMES mjames@napanews.com Napa Valley Register
August 13, 2014 8:37 pm  • 

The Frys.com Open in October at Silverado Resort and Spa starts the PGA Tour’s 2014-15 season, which features 47 FedExCup tournaments. This represents two more than the current season, due to the addition of tournaments conducted the same week as the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in November and the British Open Championship in July.

The announcement of the PGA Tour’s schedule was made on Wednesday.

The biggest change in the schedule is the World Golf Championships-Match Play moving from February to April 27-May 3, one week prior to The Players Championship.

The Match Play’s move to TPC Harding Park in San Francisco also is among several high-profile venue changes, including those for three major championships and two FedExCup Playoff events.

The U.S. Open will be held for the first time at Chambers Bay in Washington; the British Open Championship will be played at St. Andrews, Scotland, and the PGA Championship will be held at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

The FedExCup Playoffs begin the week of Aug. 24-30 when The Barclays returns to Plainfield Country Club in New Jersey, where it was held in 2011; and the third playoff event, the BMW Championship, returns to Conway Farms outside of Chicago, where it was contested in 2013.

“After the successful debut of our wraparound schedule this season, we have another very strong schedule for 2014-2015 that will provide excitement for our fans and additional playing opportunities for our members,” PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said in a press release. “We are also excited about the Match Play Championship being played at TPC Harding Park before the passionate golf fans in the San Francisco area.”

The 2014-2015 season again opens with the Frys.com Open in Napa (Oct. 6-12), and continues with a six-week stretch of domestic and international tournaments into November.

The Frys.com Open will be played on the North Course at Silverado. It’s a $5 million event. There will be 144 players in the field. The winner receives $900,000.

This year’s Frys.com Open field features Jimmy Walker, the tournament’s defending champion. He and Patrick Reed made early commitments to play in the Frys.

Hunter Mahan and Lee Westwood have also committed to play the Frys.com Open.

Launched in 2006, the Frys.com Open is an official PGA Tour tournament benefiting many local and national charities.

It marks the PGA Tour’s return to Napa for the first time since 1980.

The tournament has options for similar dates in 2015 and 2016 at Silverado.

After the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas (Oct. 13-19) and the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island, Georgia (Oct. 20-26), the Tour heads overseas to the CIMB Classic in Malaysia.

Following that is the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China, before the Tour heads back to the U.S.

The official season breaks for several weeks before resuming in January with the two-week swing through Hawaii for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui (Jan. 5-12 with a Monday finish) and the Sony Open in Hawaii.

The Tour then returns to the mainland with a five-week stretch on the West Coast, starting with the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation in La Quinta, Calif. (Jan. 19-25). Once the West Coast schedule wraps up with the Northern Trust Open in Pacific Palisades, Calif. (Feb. 16-22), the Tour moves cross-country for the Florida Swing.

TPC Harding Park, the host for the 2015 World Golf Championships-Match Play Championship, is a municipal course owned by the City and County of San Francisco.

It moves to TPC Harding Park after an eight-year run in Marana, Arizona.

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