The Stricker Stretch that has included qualifying for and playing in the U.S. Open might need a makeover in 2019 and the American Family Insurance Championship will launch a month of PGA Tour golf in the Upper Midwest.

That was the impact on Wisconsin golf of Tuesday's much-anticipated release of the the 2019 PGA Tour schedule, which moves the PGA Championship from August to mid-May and returns The Players Championship to mid-March.

The Am Fam Championship, scheduled for June 21 through 23 in 2019 on the PGA Tour Champions, will fall opposite the Travelers Championship on the PGA Tour, the week after the U.S. Open. The PGA Tour will then make three straight appearances in the Upper Midwest, starting with two new events — the Rocket Mortgage Classic (June 27-30) at Detroit GC and 3M Open (July 4-7) at TPC Twin Cities — followed by the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois.

Dates for the 2019 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic have yet to be formally announced. However, if it remains in its usual Fourth of July week slot, it will likely go head-to-head with the Minnesota event just four hours away.

The 3M Open is the first PGA Tour Champions event to transition into a PGA Tour event. It has been played in early August on the senior circuit.

Meanwhile, one staple of Madison golfer Steve Stricker's recent schedules — the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tennessee, at the back end of a week in which he has successfully qualified for the U.S. Open at sectional sites in the area — has taken on greater prominence starting with the 2019 season.

The newly branded FedEx St. Jude Invitational will move to late July and become part of the World Golf Championships series. That means the United States Golf Association will likely change the location of its sectional qualifier for the U.S. Open to be more conducive to golfers headed to the Canadian Open, which will take the dates previously occupied by the Memphis event.

The PGA Tour will return to the Upper Midwest later in 2019, as well, when the BMW Championship returns to the No. 3 Course at Medinah CC near Chicago from Aug. 15 through 18 for the second stop of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. The tournament formerly known as the Western Open has not been played at Medinah since 1966, although it has since played host to two U.S. Opens, two PGA Championships, one U.S. Senior Open and the 2012 Ryder Cup.

“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,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement. “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.”

2019 PGA Tour schedule

Dates Tournament Course City
10/1 - 10/7 Safeway Open Silverado Resort and Spa (North Course) Napa, California
10/8 - 10/14 CIMB Classic TPC Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
10/15 - 10/21 The CJ Cup
at Nine Bridges
Nine Bridges Jeju Island, Korea
10/22 - 10/28 World Golf Championships-
HSBC Champions
Sheshan International Golf Club Shanghai, China
10/22 - 10/28 Sanderson Farms Championship Country Club of Jackson Jackson, Mississippi
10/29 - 11/4 Shriners Hospitals
for Children Open
TPC Summerlin Las Vegas, Nevada
11/5 - 11/11 Mayakoba Golf Classic El Camaleon Golf Club
at the Mayakoba Resort
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
11/12 - 11/18 The RSM Classic Sea Island Resort
(*Seaside Course,
Plantation Course)
St. Simons Island, Georgia
Winter break
12/31 - 1/6 Sentry Tournament of Champions Kapalua Resort (The Plantation Course) Kapalua, Hawaii
1/7 - 1/13 Sony Open in Hawaii Waialae Country Club Honolulu, Hawaii
1/14 - 1/20 CareerBuilder Challenge PGA WEST (*Stadium Course,
Nicklaus Tournament Course);
La Quinta Country Club
La Quinta, California
1/21 - 1/27 Farmers Insurance Open Torrey Pines Golf Course
(*South Course, North Course)
San Diego, California
1/28 - 2/3 Waste Management
Phoenix Open
TPC Scottsdale (Stadium Course) Scottsdale, Arizona
2/4 - 2/10 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am *Pebble Beach Golf Links,
Spyglass Hill GC,
Monterey Peninsula CC(Shore Course)
Pebble Beach, California
2/11 - 2/17 Genesis Open The Riviera Country Club Pacific Palisades, California
2/18 - 2/24 World Golf Championships-
Mexico Championship
Club de Golf Chapultepec Mexico City, Mexico
2/18 - 2/24 Puerto Rico Open Coco Beach Golf & Country Club Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
2/25 - 3/3 The Honda Classic PGA National Resort & Spa
(The Champion Course)
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
3/4- 3/10 Arnold Palmer Invitational
presented by Mastercard
Bay Hill Club and Lodge Orlando, Florida
3/11- 3/17 THE PLAYERS Championship TPC Sawgrass
(THE PLAYERS Stadium Course)
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
3/18 - 3/24 Valspar Championship Innisbrook
(Copperhead Course)
Palm Harbor, Florida
3/25 - 3/31 World Golf Championships-
Dell Technologies Match Play
Austin Country Club Austin, Texas
3/25 - 3/31 Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship Puntacana Resort & Club (Corales Golf Course) Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
4/1 - 4/7 Valero Texas Open TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks Course) San Antonio, Texas
4/8 - 4/14 Masters Tournament # Augusta National Golf Club Augusta, Georgia
4/15 - 4/21 RBC Heritage Harbour Town Golf Links Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
4/22 - 4/28 Zurich Classic of New Orleans TPC Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana
4/29 - 5/5 Wells Fargo Championship Quail Hollow Club Charlotte, North Carolina
5/6 - 5/12 AT&T Byron Nelson Trinity Forest Golf Club Dallas, Texas
5/13 - 5/19 PGA Championship # Bethpage State Park (Black Course) Bethpage, New York
5/20 - 5/26 Charles Schwab Challenge Colonial Country Club Fort Worth, Texas
5/27 - 6/2 the Memorial Tournament
presented by Nationwide
Muirfield Village Golf Club Dublin, Ohio
6/3 - 6/9 RBC Canadian Open Hamilton Golf & Country Club Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
6/10 - 6/16 U.S. Open # Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach, California
6/17 - 6/23 Travelers Championship TPC River Highlands Cromwell, Connecticut
6/24 - 6/30 Rocket Mortgage Classic Detroit Golf Club Detroit, Michigan
7/1 - 7/7 3M Open TPC Twin Cities Blaine, Minnesota
7/8 - 7/14 John Deere Classic TPC Deere Run Silvis, Illinois
7/15 - 7/21 The Open Championship # Royal Portrush Golf Club Portrush, Northern Ireland
7/15 - 7/21 Barbasol Championship Keene Trace Golf Club (Champions Trace) Nicholasville, Kentucky
7/22 - 7/28 World Golf Championships-
FedEx St. Jude Invitational
TPC Southwind Memphis, Tennessee
7/22 - 7/28 Reno-Tahoe Tournament Montrêux Golf and Country Club Reno, Nevada
7/29 - 8/4 Wyndham Championship Sedgefield Country Club Greensboro, North Carolina
8/5 - 8/11 THE NORTHERN TRUST Liberty National Golf Club Jersey City, New Jersey
8/12 - 8/18 BMW Championship Medinah Country Club (Course No. 3) Medinah, Illinois
8/19 - 8/25 TOUR Championship East Lake Golf Club Atlanta, Georgia

Rob started covering the Wisconsin golf scene in 1987 at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison & has been the only reporter covering all levels of state golf. He joined Killarney Golf Media in Sept. 2015 & helped launch Wisconsin.Golf in Jan. 2016.