New dates set for Mylan Classic

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By Joe Tuscano
Assistant Sports Editor

The Mylan Classic is on the move.

No, it’s not switching sites – Southpointe Golf Club will still be its home – but the dates have changed.

This year, the weeklong event will begin Monday, July 29, and the competition will run from Aug. 1 to 4.

The previous three Mylan Classic tournaments were held over the Labor Day weekend, but the schedule changed when the Tour tweaked the format. Now, the new lineup has a season-ending four-tournament playoff – each one in September – to determine who earns their PGA tour cards.

“The 2013 season is going to be a landmark year for the Tour,” said Tour president Bill Calfee in a release. “It marks the debut of a restructure of the PGA Tour’s qualifying system that will put a great deal more spotlight on the Tour. Individual player performance in all 21 regular season events will be critical and set the stage for the Tour Finals, which will bring the season to an entirely new and dynamic conclusion in September.”

Under the previous system, the top 125 players on the PGA money list automatically earned their cards to play the following year. Of the remaining 50 spots, 25 came from what is now the Tour and the others from the PGA Qualifying School. Now, the top 75 players on the Tour and Nos. 126 through 200 on the PGA tour money list will be eligible to compete in the final four tournaments for 50 possible PGA tour cards.

Spots will still be available through sponsor exemption and qualifiers the week of an event. PGA Qualifying School no longer exists.

The 21-event regular season for the Tour begins in February with the Panama Claro Championship Feb. 21-24 and finishes with the Cox Classic in Omaha, Neb., Aug. 22-25.

A new stop on the Tour – the Hotel Fitness Championship in Fort Wayne, Ind. – begins the championship series Aug. 29-Sept. 1. It will be followed by the Chiquita Classic outside Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 5-8, then the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 12-15.

The Tour Championship, which will be played at TPC Sawgrass, Pete Dye’s Valley Course at PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Sept. 26-29. Each of these final four events has a purse of $1 million. Regular tour stops normally have a purse of $600,000.

PGA Tour’s season opener delayed again

For those who think the PGA Tour season never ends, here’s a new twist: This one can’t get started.

For the second straight day, the Tournament of Champions was postponed Saturday because of gusts topping 40 mph that made it impossible to play. Some holes on the back nine are so exposed that when officials dropped a golf ball on the green, it actually rolled up uphill.

The tournament was supposed to begin Friday. The plan is to play 36 holes Sunday and get in 54 holes by Monday afternoon, making it likely that the Tournament of Champions will be decided over 54 holes for the first time since 1997 when it was at La Costa.

Unlike Friday, when 24 players at least teed off, no one hit a shot on the Plantation Course on Saturday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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