The PGA Tour is realigning its schedule starting next season, and it means a significant change for Boston’s annual professional event.
The Tour announced on Tuesday that The Northern Trust tournament will alternate between the New York/New Jersey area and Boston beginning in 2019. It will be the opening leg of the FedExCup playoffs, which will conclude in August starting next year.
The Northern Trust will be held at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City from Aug. 5-11 in 2019, before it shifts to TPC Boston in Norton in 2020. The Dell Technologies Championship, formerly the Deutsche Bank Championship, will end after the 2018 tournament.
TPC Boston first hosted the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2003. It became the second FedExCup playoff event during the format’s inaugural season in 2007, before undergoing a shift in sponsorship last year, becoming the Dell Technologies Championship.
With the PGA Tour changing the 2018-19 schedule to complete the playoffs in August and avoid overlap with the NFL, the FedExCup playoffs will be reduced from four events to three, and the Dell Technologies Championship was removed from the 2019 schedule to accommodate the changes.
“The Greater Boston area is an incredibly important market to the PGA Tour, and we’re excited to have a solution in place that brings PGA Tour golf back to Boston in 2020,” said Rich Brady, the executive director of the Dell Technologies Championship.
“We’re incredibly fortunate that our partner Northern Trust has agreed to host their event in New York in 2019 and Boston in 2020, which allows us to continue to bring playoff golf to both areas. The loyal fans of this tournament who are accustomed to seeing the biggest names on the PGA Tour at TPC Boston will continue to witness one of the best fields in professional golf compete in a FedExCup playoff event of significant importance.”
Last summer, news emerged that the PGA Tour wanted to move the PGA Championship to May as part of a schedule overhaul. The possibility of Boston losing its tournament entirely was raised at the time.
The PGA Championship has indeed been moved to May next year, with the Players Championship moving to March.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has many connections to the Boston area. He was born in Belmont and served as the first director of the Deutsche Bank Championship. He was an executive at Fenway Sports Group prior to joining the PGA Tour in 2010 as senior vice president for business development.
“We are extremely pleased with the way the schedule has come together, particularly with the number of changes that were involved and the strength of the partnerships required to achieve this new look,” Monahan said in a story posted on the Tour’s website. “It’s been our stated objective for several years to create better sequencing of our tournaments that golf fans around the world can engage in from start to finish. And by concluding at the end of August, the FedExCup playoffs no longer have the challenge of sharing the stage with college and professional football. This will enhance the visibility of the FedExCup Playoffs and overall fan engagement with the PGA Tour and the game as a whole.”
Notable players such as Rory McIlroy and New England native Keegan Bradley have voiced their affinity for TPC Boston in the past. Last year, McIlroy called the Dell Technologies Championship “one of the best-attended and best-supported events of the year.”
Bradley said TPC Boston is a place Tour members look forward to visiting.
“The players love this tournament,” he said.
TPC Boston was originally designed by Arnold Palmer before undergoing a transformation in 2007, spearheaded by celebrated course architect Gil Hanse with consulting from former PGA Tour player Brad Faxon.
The par-72, 7,241-yard course will host the Dell Technologies Championship for the final time from Aug. 30 to Sept. 4.
The dates for the 2020 Northern Trust have not been set. The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, which will include golf, run from July 24 to Aug. 9.
2018-19 PGA Tour schedule
Oct. 1-7: Safeway Open, Napa, Calif.
Oct. 8-14: CIMB Classic, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Oct. 15-21: The CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges, Jeju Island, Korea
Oct. 22-28: World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, Shanghai, China
Oct. 22-28: Sanderson Farms Championship, Jackson, Mich.
Oct. 29 - Nov. 4: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Las Vegas, Nev.
Nov. 5-11: Mayakoba Golf Classic, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Nov. 12-18: The RSM Classic, St. Simons Island, Ga.
Dec. 31 - Jan. 6: Sentry Tournament of Champions, Kapalua, Hawaii
Jan. 7-13: Sony Open in Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii
Jan. 14-20: CareerBuilder Challenge, La Quinta, Calif.
Jan. 21-27: Farmers Insurance Open, San Diego, Calif.
Jan. 28 - Feb. 3: Waste Management Phoenix Open, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Feb. 4-10: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Pebble Beach, Calif.
Feb.11-17: Genesis Open, Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Feb. 18-24: World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship, Mexico City, Mexico
Feb. 18-24: Puerto Rico Open, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
Feb. 25 - Mar. 3: The Honda Classic, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Mar. 4-10: Arnold Palmer Invitational, Orlando, Fla.
Mar. 11-17: The Players Championship, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Mar. 18-24: Valspar Championship, Palm Harbor, Fla.
Mar. 25-31: World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, Austin, Texas
Mar. 25-31: Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Apr. 1-7: Valero Texas Open, San Antonio, Texas
Apr. 8-14: Masters Tournament, Augusta, Ga
Apr. 15-21: RBC Heritage, Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Apr. 22-28: Zurich Classic of New Orleans, New Orleans, La.
Apr. 29 - May 5: Wells Fargo Championship, Charlotte, N.C.
May 6-12: AT&T Byron Nelson, Dallas, Texas
May 13-19: PGA Championship, Bethpage, N.Y.
May 20-26: Charles Schwab Challenge, Fort Worth, Texas
May 27 - Jun. 2: the Memorial Tournament, Dublin, Ohio
Jun. 3-9: RBC Canadian Open, Hamilton, Ontario
Jun. 10-16: U.S. Open, Pebble Beach, Calif.
Jun. 17-23: Travelers Championship, Cromwell, Conn.
Jun. 24-30: Rocket Mortgage Classic, Detroit, Mich.
Jul. 1-7: 3M Open, Blaine, Minn.
Jul. 8-14: John Deere Classic, Silvis, Ill.
Jul. 15-21: The Open Championship, Portrush, Northern Ireland
Jul. 15-21: Barbasol Championship, Nicholasville, Ky.
Jul. 22-28: World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, Memphis, Tenn.
Jul. 22-28: Reno-Tahoe Tournament, Reno, Nev.
Jul. 29 - Aug. 4: Wyndham Championship, Greensboro, N.C.
Aug. 5-11: The Northern Trust, Jersey City, NJ
Aug. 12-18: BMW Championship, Medinah, Ill.
Aug. 19-25: Tour Championship, Atlanta, Ga.Owen Pence can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.