The PGA Tour has added new tournaments in New York, California and Arizona to its 2007 late-season schedule.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem on Wednesday announced the Fall Finish, a series of seven tournaments that will be played after the Tour Championship.
The series has been moved up nearly a month from its traditional time slot to mid-September in an effort to avoid being lost in the heart of football season.
While the Fall Finish will feature an occasional appearance by stars such as Vijay Singh, the events largely will be devoid of big names, instead featuring fields comprised mainly of the tour’s lower-echelon players looking for a win or the opportunity to climb the money list.
Finchem said: “If you look at the current schedule and the tournaments that benefit at the very end because players are gearing up for the Tour Championship, those fields might not be as strong as they are now.”
“If you look at the totality of those seven weeks in terms of players, we think the fields will certainly be strong enough that they can perform for the sponsors, for television and for the charitable endgame that we’re trying to meet.”
However, Finchem did not think the late-season events would be without any big names.
“A couple of players say they would probably take the entire fall off, and we’ve had a couple like Vijay say: 'I’m going to play somewhere,”’ Finchem said. “We have a lot of that.”
The Fall Finish will kick off with a new event at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York before visiting traditional tour stops in Madison, Mississippi; San Antonio; and Las Vegas.
Those tournaments will be followed by new events in Scottsdale, Arizona and Fresno, California before the season finishes with the Walt Disney World Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
The change means there will be two events in Scottsdale on next year’s schedule, with the long-standing Phoenix Open continuing in its early season time slot.
However, there will be no tour event in Washington following the demise of the Booz Allen Classic. Three other events also have fallen by the wayside – the 84 Lumber Classic, BC Open and Tucson Open.