A short year and a long finish on the PGA Tour

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 14, 2014 at 11:42 am •  Published: January 14, 2014
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HONOLULU (AP) — Brandt Snedeker is a walking billboard for his summer plans.

Proudly displayed on the front of his golf shirt is "Wyndham," which happens to be the title sponsor for the PGA Tour event in Greensboro, N.C., not so conveniently positioned between the PGA Championship and the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

On the sleeve of his shirt is "RBC," the title sponsor of the Canadian Open, where Snedeker is the defending champion. Golf's third-oldest national championship also is in a tough spot on the schedule, held the week between the British Open and the Bridgestone Invitational. The latter is a World Golf Championship. And by the way, have you noticed the brand on Snedeker's cap and golf bag? That's right — Bridgestone.

When does he take a week off? Apparently, he doesn't.

"I'm playing the rest of the year, if that's what you mean," he said when asked about all the logos. "It will be a long stretch. It will be nine in a row at the end of the year."

With the Ryder Cup in Europe this year, the PGA Tour agreed to alter its schedule. The four FedEx Cup playoff events will be played over four straight weeks. That allows for one week off before players travel to Scotland for a week's worth of dinners and three days of golf at the end.

Snedeker has the worst of it, though Zach Johnson is not far behind.

Johnson has no corporate connections with Canada or Greensboro, but his big stretch starts a week before the British Open. The John Deere Classic is like a fifth major to the normal guy from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Johnson can't and won't miss that one. He'd love to play Greensboro, where he tied for fifth last year. But even if he doesn't play Canada or Greensboro, that's eight big events in 10 weeks.

"I hope I can get in a position where I can take one off," Johnson said. "It worked for me last year. I had no choice, but it was fine."

Johnson's brother got married the week of The Barclays, so he got a late start on the playoffs. No matter. Johnson won the BMW Championship and was among the five players who had a direct shot at the $10 million bonus.

But he made it clear that he would skip one playoff event if he could.

Some guys might not be in a position to take time off. Qualifying for the nine automatic Ryder Cup spots ends at the PGA Championship, and the three captain's picks are a few after that, which is known as "audition time." Others could find themselves in a spot of trying to get to East Lake for the FedEx Cup finale.

"I think guys will skip for sure," Snedeker said. "Everyone is going to take a hard look at the schedule. It will be interesting to see what guys do. I'm taking a little more time off in the middle of the year. We did it last year and it worked well. Just take a couple of three-week breaks."

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