PGA: 3M Open Set For Fourth Of July Week In 2019

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On Tuesday, the US Tour announced a new-look schedule for the 2018/19 season, with significant changes including a reduction from 48 tournaments to 46 and a late August finale courtesy of the lucrative FedEx Cup playoffs dropping from four events to three.

The new schedule, which starts October 4 with the Safeway Open, concludes August 25, 2019 with the Tour Championship.

Canadian Pacific has extended its sponsorship of the CP Women's Open golf tournament for another five years.

The discrepancy in the men's and women's pay was obvious in Sunday's results: The PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic had a total purse of $7.3 million, with $1.31 million awarded to the victor, Kevin Na; the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic had a total purse of $2 million, with $300,000 awarded to the champion, Kim Sei-young.

Most of the changes to the 2018-19 schedule released Tuesday already had been announced. The Dell Technologies Open in Boston will be the odd tournament out.

The Rocket Mortgage Classic is scheduled for June 24-30 at the Detroit Golf Club.

That's how the 3M Open in Blaine plans to celebrate the July 4 holiday next summer.

Erica Shepherd of Greenwood Indiana, who will play at Duke is two shots behind Melton going into the second round.

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When will the fall schedule begin?

Next year's Northern Trust will return to Liberty National in Jersey City, New Jersey, before heading to TPC Boston in 2020. Key to the changes was the PGA Championship moving from August to May, and The Players Championship returning to March.

The 2018-19 season tees off October 4-7 with the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif. The Mexico Championship will move to the end of the West Coast Swing, giving Florida four straight tournaments in March. Coinciding with the PGA Championship's first May dates since 1949 will be its debut at Bethpage Black on New York's Long Island.

Those changes helped create a kind of midsummer Midwest Swing in the month between the US and British opens: the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit on June 27-30, the 3M Open, and the long-standing John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., on July 11-14.

When the Barbasol Championship tees off next week at Champions at Keene Trace Golf Club, fans will be able to see some of the best golfers in the world July 19-22, but their rooting interest could likely be attached to several pros with ties to the Bluegrass State.

Here's the schedule in minuscule print; for the complete list, tap here.

The Coors Light Birds Nest at TPC Scottsdale will once again be rockin' when the PGA Tour makes its stop in the Valley for the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open. The Ryder Cup in 2020 will be September 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. A FedExCup victor is the top honor on the PGA TOUR, having to excel both in the regular season and the four-event playoffs to become the season-long Champion.

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