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A roundup of what’s new in the game of golf, from technology and innovation, to clubs, equipment and sports health

ToURNAmeNTS: THe NeW SeASoN 2018-19

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A new assignment took me to far more stops on the tournament trail in 2018 than I had worked in years. It was a good time to come back. The second half of the 2017-18 PGA TOUR schedule—detailed in this edition of the PGA TOUR Essential Guide To Golf with informative overviews by David Barrett and other features—was full of drama. So much happened in the FedExCup Playoffs alone. No one is doubting Bryson DeChambeau’s science-heavy approach to the sport, not after he won THE NORTHERN TRUST and Dell Technologies Championship in consecutive weeks. My fellow North Carolina native Ron Green Jr., one of golf’s best writers for decades, has a nice look at DeChambeau as part of a collection of mini-essays about defining moments (page 44) that has become one of my favorite elements of the Essential Guide. Then Keegan Bradley broke a long winless drought at the BMW Championship, another example of the perseverance required to sustain a career on TOUR. The comeback theme was taken to a greater level at the TOUR Championship where Tiger Woods, after coming close several times during the season, achieved career victory No. 80 after a five year winless drought and fewer than 18 months since a spinal fusion. Stan Awtrey takes us back to Woods’ emotional victory at East Lake Golf Club on page 54. Tiger wasn’t the only winner at East Lake, as Justin Rose, two decades after turning pro, became the first Englishman to win the FedExCup (page 24). All of those developments occurred after 2017-18 PGA TOUR Player of the Year Brooks Koepka already had made it a season to remember, with the young Floridian winning the U.S. Open (the first successful defense since Curtis Strange in 1989) and PGA Championship. Talk about elite company: Only Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Woods had won those two majors in the same year. The 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season, which will have a new structure and earlier ending (noted on page 9 by Comissioner Jay Monahan and in Mike McAllister’s story on page 31), got off to a strong start. DeChambeau and Koepka go into a new calendar year armed with victories. So does one of the most intriguing young players, Cameron Champ, who broke through at the Sanderson Farms Championship. There is a lot to look forward to in the first half of the TOUR season, as well on PGA TOUR Champions and the Web.com Tour. The Essential Guide will help you get ready for all of it.

in the Zone

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The New Season highlights

PGA ToUR eVeNTS 2018 128

Safeway Open

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CimB Classic

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ThE CJ CUP @ NiNE BRidGES

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Sanderson farms Championship

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World Golf Championships-hSBC Champions

Silverado Resort and Spa, Napa, Calif., October 4-7

TPC Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 11-14

The Club at Nine Bridges, Jeju Island, South Korea, October 18-21

Country Club of Jackson, Jackson, Miss., October 25-28

Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China, October 25-28

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Shriners hospitals for Children Open

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mayakoba Golf Classic

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The RSm Classic

TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nev., November 1-4

El Camaleón Golf Club at the Mayakoba Resort, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, November 8-11

Sea Island Resort (Seaside Course, Plantation Course), Sea Island, Ga., November 15-18

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Sentry Tournament of Champions

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Sony Open in hawaii

Kapalua Resort (Plantation Course), Kapalua, Hawaii, January 3-6

Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 10-13 PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2018/2019, Part 1

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Official PGA TOUR Essential Guide to Golf: December 2018 - May 2019  

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Official PGA TOUR Essential Guide to Golf: December 2018 - May 2019  

The Official PGA TOUR Essential Guide to Golf looks forward to the first half of the 2018/19 season of the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions....