PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan is expected to announce today the merger of two tournaments so the WGC Bridgestone event will move to Memphis which is the home of PGA Tour sponsor FEDEX. A tournament has been played over Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio since 1976. The tournament will keep its August slot but the date normally occupied by the Fedex St Jude Classic in Memphis at TPC Southwind will be freed up for a new event.
Other changes to the 2019 PGA Tour schedule will be a move of the PGA Championship from August to May so the four majors run in consecutive months and the Players Championship will revert to its old date in March.
If you read my piece A Simple Twist of Fate – click on November 2015 on this blog to find it – you will see that I consider the winners over Firestone Country Club to be the unluckiest in the world of golf. It’s worse than The Masters Par 3 curse, look at what’s happened. Finally the PGA Tour have put an end to it.