The Players Championship has been known for its”Pink-Outs” when the final round has fallen on Mother’s Day in May.
Get ready for next year’s “Green-Out.”
The Players Championship dates 2019 are likely to be March 14-17 at the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course, with the final round falling on St. Patrick’s Day. Although the PGA Tour isn’t commenting, one tweet and two dates set on other tournament web sites have offered a clue as to the March dates for the 2019 Players Championship.
Officials of the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, which is at the Innisbrook Golf Club in Palm Harbor, posted on its Twitter feed earlier this week that its 2019 tournament week will be March 18-24.
“Now that the dust has settled from the 2018 #ValsparChampionship — a huge thank you to our fans, volunteers, sponsors, @Paul_Casey and all @PGATOUR pros and everyone else involved in making this our most successful tournament ever,” the tweet said. “Can’t wait to see you next March 18-24!”
In addition, the Honda Classic web site is listing its 2019 date as Feb. 28-March 3 and the Arnold Palmer Invitational site says its dates will be March 7-10.
That likely puts The Players at March 14-17. It’s doubtful the PGA Tour would schedule its marquee event any later because that would be too close to the Masters, which is always timed for the final round to be played on the second Sunday in April.
Although the Tour is still weeks away from officially announcing its 2019 schedule, its sanctioned events are often allowed to release future dates to it can begin long-range planning and marketing, and to sell corporate hospitality.
The 2019 schedule brings back a “Florida Swing” on the PGA Tour, with four events in a row in the Sunshine State.
The mid-March scenario also would keep The Players from conflicting with an NCAA basketball tournament regional on March 21-23 in Jacksonville.
PGA Tour spokesperson Laura Neal, in response to a text, said the Tour is not yet ready to comment on its 2019 schedule.
Players Championship executive director Jared Rice said on Players media day last month that the exact dates of the tournament for its move to March would likely be finalized by this year’s tournament the week of May 8-13. It will be the 12th and final year that event is played in May as the PGA Championship goes from August to May and the Players goes back to the month it was contested in from 1977-2006.