Feb 28, 2020 - Sports

PGA Tour's "Florida Swing" is upon us

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This weekend's Honda Classic kicks off the PGA Tour's "Florida Swing," a run of four tournaments throughout the Sunshine State that take up most of March.

Why it matters: Two years ago, the PGA Championship switched from its traditional August time slot to mid-May, meaning all four majors now take place in a 15-week span between early April (The Masters) and July (The Open Championship).

The lineup:

  • Honda Classic, started yesterday at PGA National (Palm Beach Gardens)
  • Arnold Palmer Invitational, March 5–8 at Bay Hill Club (Orlando)
  • Players Championship, March 12–15 at TPC-Sawgrass (Ponte Vedra Beach)
  • Valspar Championship, March 19–22 at Innisbrook Resort (Palm Harbor)

As a result of this scheduling change, it's crucial that guys are playing their best golf when April rolls around, so this stretch run in Florida is where they can start to build that momentum and round into form.

Look: Honda Classic leaderboard

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PGA strikes $680 million TV rights deal with NBC, CBS, ESPN

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The PGA Tour has struck a 9-year rights deal with CBS Sports, NBC Sports and ESPN for around $680 million, Variety reports.

Why it matters: The value of distributing professional golf in the U.S. is increasing as more TV networks clamor to hold live sports rights. In the streaming era, live sports are keeping traditional TV alive.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational preview

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The second stop on the PGA Tour's annual jaunt through Florida gets underway today with the 2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Betting favorites: World No. 1 Rory McIlroy is the clear favorite at +550 ($10 bet would win $55) with Tommy Fleetwood (+1400), Bryson DeChambeau (+1600) and Xander Schauffele (+1800) next in line, per the Action Network.

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Superbike World Championship gets underway in Australia

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The 2020 Superbike World Championship season gets underway this weekend on Phillip Island, Australia.

How it works: The Superbike World Championship features modified versions of motorcycles available to the public, which differentiates it from MotoGP's purpose-built machines.

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