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Labor Day finish for Deutsche Bank

How can the golfing fraternity not be excited over the PGA Tour's return to the TPC of Boston over Labor Day weekend next year? Not after this year's tournament caused such drama when Vijay Singh shot a 16-under-par 268 for a 3-shot victory over Tiger Woods and Adam Scott to take the World No. 1 ranking away from Woods who held it for the past five years.

The PGA Tour announced its 2005 schedule yesterday, and the Tournament Players Club of Boston in Norton will again host the Deutsche Bank Championship Sept. 2-5 culminating on Labor Day.

It will be one of two stops in New England coming the week following the Buick Championship at TPC at River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., Aug. 25-28.

The Tour will start the 48-event 2005 season along the shores of the Pacific Ocean with the first two events in Hawaii, beginning Jan. 6 with the winners-only Mercedes Championships on Maui, and the Sony Open Jan. 13-16 at Waialae CC in Honolulu, before heading for the mainland for the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines in San Diego Jan. 20-23. It will be the earliest date for Torrey Pines in 25 years, a change brought on by a later date for the Super Bowl. Otherwise, the schedule is not much different than this year. There will be five weeks where two tournaments are played -- events opposite the British Open, Presidents Cup, and the three World Golf Championships.

The Presidents Cup, which ended in a tie two years ago in South Africa between the International team and the United States, will return to Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Virginia Sept. 22-25.

All three WGC events will be held in the US -- the Accenture Match Play Championship at La Costa; the NEC Invitational at Firestone; and the American Express Championship at Harding Park in San Francisco.

The Masters will be April 7-10 at Augusta National. The other three majors will be played at Pinehurst No. 2 (US Open -- June 17-20), St. Andrews (British Open -- July 14-17), and Baltusrol (PGA Championship -- Aug. 11-14).

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