AUSTIN (KXAN) — When the PGA tour announced that they were moving the PGA Championship to May from August and the Players Championship from May back to March, it was certain there would be some other big changes on the tour calendar.
There are but not for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country. The tournament remains in March and will be played March 27-31 at the Austin Country Club in 2019.
The tournament will be two weeks after the Players and two weeks before the Masters.
Following the Austin stop, the tour will go to San Antonio for the Valero Texas Open instead of Houston. Houston is not on the 18-19 schedule.
The two DFW tournaments could take a hit to their fields. The AT&T Byron Nelson is now May 9-12, the week before the PGA Championship while the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in Fort Worth is the week after the PGA. Both tournaments will suffer from being around the major with many of the top players choosing not to play the week before as well as the week after such a big tournament.
With that move of the PGA Championship to May, the Open Championship will be the final Major, July 18-21. For a lot of golf fans, that signals the unofficial end of the season, or at least the interest will drop even though the PGA has tried to build the September schedule with the FedExCup Playoffs, which is more about a big payday — $10 million to the winner — rather than winning prestigious events.