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PODS in 2009 moves to third on Florida Swing

While the PODS Championship is in need of a corporate sponsor after this year, it at least knows the dates of next year's PGA tournament.

The Palm Harbor event, March 6-9 at Innisbrook's Copperhead Course, will move to March 16-22, 2009, and become the third of four stops on the Florida Swing.

The Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens remains the first event, the World Golf Championships-CA Championship slips into the second spot. The Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill moves to the final week of March.

"We kind of knew the Arnold Palmer tournament wanted the last week in March once the TPC was moved to May,'' tournament director Gerald Goodman said. ''When we moved from October to March last year, the PGA told us when the date was and we didn't have a say. And we don't have a say in this date change, which is fine. I've said before, we are not afraid to compete with other cities for our spring date."

Steve Stricker (ranked No. 3 in the world) and David Duval committed. PGA members have until Friday at 5 p.m. to officially commit to the PODS field.

CUT POLICY: Starting this week, the PGA will return to a 36-hole cut for the top 70 and ties. If more than 78 players make the cut, there will be another cut to the top 70 and ties after the third round.

PRESIDENTS CUP: Fred Couples (U.S. team) and Greg Norman (international team) are the captains for the 2009 event in San Francisco. It's the first time both captains have previously competed in the matches.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

PODS in 2009 moves to third on Florida Swing 02/26/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 8:59am]

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