Disney World event drops off PGA Tour, had been on circuit since 1971

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After more than four decades, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck won't be greeting the winners of their PGA Tour event anymore.
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Series: PGA Tour

Published: Monday, December 10, 2012 | 12:45 p.m.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The PGA Tour's event in Mexico will anchor a six-tournament schedule next fall that for the first time since 1971 will not include Disney World.

The tour next year goes to a wraparound season, offering FedExCup points for the six events that will kick off the 2013-14 season. That season will start with the Frys.com Open at CordeValle Golf Club in northern California and conclude with the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico.

After about a two-month break, the 2013-14 schedule will resume at Kapalua with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions the first week of January.

Disney World has been part of the PGA Tour landscape since Jack Nicklaus won the inaugural event in 1971, not to mention one of the favorite weeks of the year for players with young families. It lost its title sponsor this year and did not renew.

"We are very pleased that the start to the 2013-2014 PGA Tour season features such strong events, including several international tournaments," said Andy Pazder, Chief of Operations for the PGA Tour. "Due to the change from the traditional calendar season to the newly configured schedule that bridges two calendar years, we felt it was important to announce this first portion of the schedule."

The 2013-14 season will get underway with the Frys.com Open on Oct. 10-13 in San Martin, Calif., the week following the Presidents Cup. The PGA Tour then moves to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas on Oct. 17-20 before going overseas for two straight weeks.

The CIMB Classic becomes an official PGA Tour event for the first time and will be held Oct. 24-27 at The Mines Resort & Golf Club in Selangor, Malaysia. That is followed by the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China, on Nov. 1-4. As with all official PGA Tour events, the winners of those events will qualify for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

The PGA Tour then returns home with the McGladrey Classic on Nov. 7-10 at Sea Island, Ga., before ending with the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, which will be contested Nov. 14-17. The OHL Classic moves to its own unencumbered week after having been held in February opposite the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in previous years.


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