Brendan Steele will open the newly-formatted PGA Tour season this week when he competes in the $5 million dollar Open at the CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif., Oct. 10 to 13. The winner will earn $900,000 and 500 FedExCup points.

This is the first PGA Tour season to begin before the New Year; it is officially designated the 2013-14 season.

Steele plans to get an early jump on earning FedExCup points in his fourth year on the PGA Tour by competing in four official PGA Tour events before the holidays.

Generally, a total of about 350 to 400 FedExCup points for a season will place a player within the top 125 golfers earning PGA Tour playing rights for the following season.

Later this month, Steele plans to enter the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas, and the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In November, he will tee up at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.