MONTEREY -- The weather might change several times during the tournament. The 18th hole at Pebble Beach will still provide its tournament-ending beauty. And another layer of Monterey Peninsula golf lore will unfold.

But the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am will be different this year in one respect.

In the PGA Tour's new "wraparound season," Pebble Beach will be the 12th official stop of the 2013-14 schedule. Previously, the tournament was the fifth official event of the season and the sixth overall, including the season-opening Tournament of Champions in Hawaii in early January.

The change occurred to further emphasize the importance of the FedEx Cup point system and give further balance to the full season of 45 official events.

The 2013-14 schedule began last October with the Fry's.com Open at CordeValle in San Martin and will end in September.

In the previous season format, the schedule began in January with FedEx Cup points accumulating through the Tour Championship in September.

The Fall Series followed and ended in December. With the wraparound season, events that previously comprised the Fall Series mark the beginning of the season.

"I don't really have a huge problem with it, by any means," said Johnny Miller, the 25-time PGA Tour winner and NBC analyst. He added that the new schedule puts more importance on those fall events.

"In some ways, it helps those tournaments," he said. "And the other thing it does is that it gives the young players who are playing those events a little bit of confidence and a heads up on the hotshots, you know what I mean? Maybe it will give the younger players a chance to play better golf."

But like the end of many traditions, the new PGA Tour season schedule has been lauded and lampooned.

In the old format, the early season tournaments were played in Hawaii, California and Arizona. Now, the start of the season turns competitors into globe-trotters, going from the United States (three events) to Malaysia, China and Mexico in a six-week span.

"I think it's great," said Kevin Kisner, the winner of the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational last November. "It's great for me because I'm from the East Coast (South Carolina) and I don't have to start my season on the West Coast on different types of grass."

Kisner, who took the tournament lead with a third-round 64 at Spyglass, has twice played in the AT&T, finishing 39th in 2011 and missing the cut in 2012.

"I've already got a couple of (PGA Tour) weeks under my belt, heading in the right direction," Kisner said during the Pebble Beach Invitational.

Chesson Hadley, the Pebble Beach Invitational runner-up and now a rookie on the PGA Tour, said: "It's awesome. With the season ending the way it does now, if you're playing well, you get to keep playing well and the momentum gets going.

"If you're not playing well, the new season comes along about this time, and you get a new, fresh start. I think it's phenomenal."

Hadley will be making his AT&T debut.

AT&t PEBBLE BEACH NATIONAL PRO-AM

WHEN: Through Sunday
WHERE: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Monterey Peninsula Country Club in Pebble Beach
TUESDAY'S SCHEDULE: Practice rounds at all three courses, 7 a.m.; Charity Shootout at Pebble Beach, 1:30 p.m.