The PGA Tour Champions is still on hiatus as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and when it does return, it will do so with a makeshift mega season.
On Thursday, the over-50 circuit announced that the remainder of the 2020 season will be combined with the 2021 season to create a new mega, wrap-around 2020-2021 season. The season will begin/continue when the Tour resumes at the end of July and will now wrap up with the conclusion of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in November of 2021.
Per the release, the following changes will be made:
- Field sizes for the remainder of the 2020 events will increase from 78 players to 81.
- All three playoff events on the 2020 calendar will become 81 player full-field events.
- The 2021 Charles Schwab Cub Championship will go from a 72-hole event to a 54-hole event
“While we won’t have a Charles Schwab Cup champion in 2020, we feel that the combined schedule for 2020-21 is the best solution for everyone associated with PGA TOUR Champions,” said PGA TOUR Champions President Miller Brady. “The wonderful support from the tournaments, title sponsors, Charles Schwab and the Player Advisory Council has helped us address some of the schedule complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result we have created solutions that best serve our members and our tournament communities.”
In addition, all players layers will retain their 2020 eligibility in 2021, except for the five players in the Q-School category, who will play their guaranteed events. Additionally, the 2020 PGA TOUR Champions Qualifying Tournament will not be conducted, and player awards will not be presented at the end of 2020.
The PGA Tour Champions is scheduled to restart their season at The Ally Challenge at Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc, Michigan July 31 – August 2. The Tour will release their 2021 schedule and dates later this year.