Preview: Start of PGA Tour 2014-15 season

There won’t be much time for fans of American golf to stay down in the doldrums after the Ryder Cup, as the PGA Tour’s 2014-15 season begins Oct. 9 in Napa, Calif., with the Open. Just three weeks after Billy Horschel won the FedEx Cup title, it’s time for players to start building points again.

Two of the seven events in October and November share the same dates, as the Sanderson Farms Championship moved from opposite the Open Championship in 2013 to opposite the WGC-HSBC Champions – skipping a Tour season but not a calendar year.

Here’s a quick look of what’s to come on Tour before the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Jan. 9-12, along with a handful of players who might be glad that the time of year formerly known as the “fall series” is here.

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The fall portion of the PGA Tour’s 2014-15 schedule: Open

  • WHEN: Oct. 9-12
  • WHERE: Silverado Resort and Spa (North Course), Napa, Calif.
  • DEFENDING CHAMP: Jimmy Walker (70-69-62-66, 17 under)
  • 2013 CONTENDERS: Vijay Singh (2nd), Scott Brown, Brooks Koepka, Hideki Matsuyama, Kevin Na (T-3)

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

  • WHEN: Oct. 16-19
  • WHERE: TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • DEFENDING CHAMP: Webb Simpson (64-63-67-66, 24 under)
  • 2013 CONTENDERS: Jason Bohn, Ryo Ishikawa (T-2), Charley Hoffman (4th)

McGladrey Classic

  • WHEN: Oct. 23-26
  • WHERE: Sea Island Resort (Seaside Course), St. Simons Island, Ga.
  • DEFENDING CHAMP: Chris Kirk (66-66-68-66, 14 under)
  • 2013 CONTENDERS: Briny Baird, Tim Clark (T-2), Scott Brown, Brian Gay, John Senden (T-4)

CIMB Classic

  • WHEN: Oct. 30 – Nov. 2
  • WHERE: Kuala Lampur Golf & Country Club, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
  • DEFENDING CHAMP: Ryan Moore (63-72-69-70, 14-under; one-hole playoff)
  • 2013 CONTENDERS: Gary Woodland (2nd), Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Chris Stroud (T-3)

WGC-HSBC Champions

  • WHEN: Nov. 6-9
  • WHERE: Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China
  • DEFENDING CHAMP: Dustin Johnson (69-63-66-66, 6 under)
  • 2013 CONTENDERS: Ian Poulter (2nd), Graeme McDowell (3rd) Sergio Garcia (4th), Justin Rose (5th)

Sanderson Farms Championship

  • WHEN: Nov. 6-9
  • WHERE: Country Club of Jackson, Jackson, Miss.
  • DEFENDING CHAMP: Woody Austin (69-65-67-67, 5 under)
  • 2013 CONTENDERS: Cameron Beckman, Daniel Summerhays (T-2), Nicholas Thompson (4th)

OHL Classic at Mayakoba

  • WHEN: Nov. 13-16
  • WHERE: El Camaleon Golf Club at the Mayakoba Resort, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  • DEFENDING CHAMP: Harris English (68-62-68-65, 21 under)
  • 2013 CONTENDERS: Brian Stuard (2nd), Jason Bohn, Rory Sabbatini, Chris Stroud (T-3)

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