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Feature on PGA 2013-2014 schedule

The PGA Tour released its 2013-2014 schedule this week, even though the current season still has two big tournaments left in its playoff schedule.

That date isn't a typo in the lead paragraph - for the first time, the PGA will use a wraparound schedule for its popular FedExCup playoffs, meaning tournaments played in October and November will count towards the 2014 PGA Championships race.

Not only will this make traditionally blase fall golf more interesting for the general public, but also likely enhance the playing fields of those events, as players seek to rack up points early and often for the chase ahead.

So instead of having to wait until January for more meaningful golf, fans will get it starting Oct. 7 with the Frys.com Open in San Martin, California.

Three of the seven events scheduled for the end of 2013 will take place on American soil, with the rest taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Shanghai, China; Playa del Carmen, Mexico; and Victoria, Australia.

The winter break will kick off with the conclusion of the World Cup of Golf in Australia and end Dec. 30 with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii.
The first Major - the Masters Tournament - will be held April 7-13.

The US Open is just a bit more than two months later, June 9-15 at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina.

The par-70, 7,495-yard course is so well-known, it makes appearances in the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series of video games.

This will be No. 2's third US Open in the last 15 years, but the first since a $2.5-million, 12-month renovation took place in 2011, spearheaded by Ben Crenshaw.

The course first held a Major in 1936 when it hosted the PGA Championship.

In 1999, Payne Stewart won the US Open, the last tournament he would triumph in before his untimely death in a plane crash five months later.

The British Open Championship will kick off July 14 at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, UK. Established in 1869, it has been "royal" since 1871 when the Duke of Connaught, a grandson of Queen Victoria, began to frequent it. it is a par-72, 7,218-yard course.

The Royal Liverpool has an amazing history, from being the site of the first Amateur Championship (1885) and the first-ever international match (1902) to being the second leg of Bobby Jones' Grand Slam in 1930 and part of the path traveled by John Lennon to visit his then girlfriend and future wife, Cynthia Powell, a Hoylake resident.

Next year will be the 12th time the course has hosted the British Open, the most recent in 2006 when Tiger Woods won the event by shooting 18-under.

The final Major of the year, the PGA Championship, will be held at Valhalla Golf Course in Louisville, Kentucky, August 4-10. The course is a par-72, 7,540-yarder which has hosted the US Open twice previously - in 1996 when it was won by Mark

Brooks and in 2000 when Woods took the crown.

Three new courses and one new city will be in the mix for the 2014 FedExcCup Playoffs as well. The Barclays will still be the first event come Aug. 18, 2014, but will be held at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey. This past August, the event was held at Liberty National.

The penultimate tournament - the BMW Tournament - will be held at Cherry Hills Country Club in Colorado.

The TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola will be held at East Lake Golf Course in Atlanta.

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