PGA Tour schedule change will have major impact on Boston event

"We’re excited to have a solution in place that brings PGA Tour golf back to Boston in 2020."

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Justin Thomas admires his trophy after winning the Dell Technologies Championship at the TPC Boston in 2017. –Nicholas Pfosi for The Boston Globe

The PGA Tour is realigning its schedule starting next season, and it means a significant change for Boston’s annual professional golf event.

The tour announced Tuesday that The Northern Trust tournament will alternate between the New York/New Jersey area and Boston beginning in 2019. It will remain as the opening leg of the FedExCup Playoffs, which will conclude in August starting next year.

The Northern Trust will be held at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, NJ, from Aug. 5 to 11 in 2019, before it shifts to TPC Boston in Norton in 2020. The Dell Technologies Championship, formerly the Deutsche Bank Championship, will end after the 2018 tournament.

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The TPC Boston first played home to the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2003. It became the second FedExCup Playoff event during the format’s inaugural season in 2007 before undergoing a shift in sponsorship last year to become the Dell Technologies Championship.

With the PGA Tour changing the 2018-19 schedule to complete the playoffs in August and avoid overlap with the NFL, the FedExCup Playoffs were reduced from four events to three and the Dell Technologies Championship was removed from the 2019 schedule to accommodate the changes. The Northern Trust will remain the first FedExCup Playoffs event.

“The Greater Boston area is an incredibly important market to the PGA Tour, and we’re excited to have a solution in place that brings PGA Tour golf back to Boston in 2020,’’ said Rich Brady, the executive director of the Dell Technologies Championship.

“We’re incredibly fortunate that our partner Northern Trust has agreed to host their event in New York in 2019 and Boston in 2020, which allows us to continue to bring playoff golf to both areas. The loyal fans of this tournament who are accustomed to seeing the biggest names on the PGA Tour at TPC Boston will continue to witness one of the best fields in professional golf compete in a FedExCup playoff event of significant importance.’’

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Last summer, news emerged that the PGA Tour wanted to move the PGA Championship to May as part of a schedule overhaul. The possibility of Boston losing its tournament entirely was raised at the time.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has many connections to the Boston area. He was born in Belmont and served as the first director of the Deutsche Bank Championship. He was an executive at Fenway Sports Group prior to joining the PGA Tour in 2010 as senior vice president for business development.

Notable professional players such as Rory McIlroy and New England native Keegan Bradley have voiced their affinity for TPC Boston in the past. Last year, McIlroy called the Dell Technologies Championship, “One of the best attended and best-supported events of the year.’’

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Bradley said the TPC Boston is a place tour members look forward to coming.

“The players love this tournament,’’ he said.

TPC Boston was originally designed by Arnold Palmer before undergoing a transformation in 2007, spearheaded by celebrated golf course architect Gil Hanse with consulting from former PGA Tour player Brad Faxon.

The par-72, 7,241 yard course will host the Dell Technologies Championship for the final time from Aug. 30 to Sept. 4.

The dates for the 2020 Northern Trust have not been set. The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, which will include golf, run from July 24 to Aug. 9.