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YEAR AHEAD


THE YEAR AHEAD


Marcel Siem during the final round of the 2013 Valero Texas Open at the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio.


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On the pages that follow, we’ll bring you a comprehensive guide to the 2013 PGA TOUR and Champions Tour events, with a particular focus on the second half of the season.


of these tournament


previews is two-fold: First, we’ll recap the 2012 tournaments with an in-depth look at the action, as well as our Course Insight features and a revealing look at the ShotLink statistics for PGA TOUR events that show the strengths of the winner’s game, some interesting facts and numbers, and some information about each tournament’s charitable contributions—all that


and some


beautiful photography as well. We’ll also keep track of the races for the FedExCup on the PGA TOUR and the Champions Tour’s Charles Schwab Cup. We hope this enhances your viewing pleasure. Next, while most tournaments


return to the same course year in and year out, we’ll take a look at some new courses that are on the schedules in 2013. For example, on the PGA TOUR, the U.S. Open will be played at one of the country’s most venerable


and respected courses, « THE BRITISH OPEN RETURNS TO MUIRFIELD IN


SCOTLAND, ONE OF THE GAME’S TREASURES. »


the elegant and understated Merion Golf Club outside Philadelphia; the British Open returns to Muirfield in Scotland, one of the game’s treasures; the RBC Canadian Open returns to Glen Abbey Golf Club outside Toronto; and speaking of familiar grounds,


the PGA Championship


will be played at Oak Hill Country Club, the Donald Ross masterpiece in Rochester (NY) that has been the site of so much golf history. The Barclays, the first leg of the FedExCup Playoffs, returns to Liberty National Golf Club in shadow of New York City, and the BMW Championship, the third leg of the FedExCup Playoffs, will be played at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake


Forest (IL). And last but certainly not


be played at Jack Nicklaus’s beloved Muirfield


Golf Club,


least, The Presidents Cup will Village


the


home of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. It is the first course to host the Ryder Cup, The Presidents Cup, and the LPGA’s Solheim Cup—quite a trifecta, don’t you think? As for the Champions Tour, the


new courses for the majors include Omaha Country Club, the site of the U.S. Senior Open; Royal Birkdale, in Southport, England, which will host the


Senior British Open, and the


Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, which will be held at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis (MO). We hope you enjoy our Official


PGA TOUR Essential Guide to the Golf 2013. Play away, please.


From the Tournament Editor, Don Wade


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