The PGA Championship golf major is to be moved from August to May in 2019, the PGA of America has announced.
The new date in the calendar, a week after Mother’s Day in the US, will make the PGA Championship the second major of the season, in between the Masters and the US Open. The tournament has had a mid-summer date for about half a century.
At a joint press conference with the PGA of America, the PGA Tour has also confirmed that its flagship Players Championship will be moved from May to March, reversing a move that took place 10 years ago. The Ryder Cup could also move forward slightly from its traditional slot in early October.
According to PGA of America chief executive Pete Bevacqua, the date change for the PGA Championship has been caused by the reintroduction of golf to the Olympics. The event has taken place in August every year since 1972, apart from last year, when the tournament was held in July to make way for golf’s return at Rio 2016 in August.
“The landscape of golf is changing and it's changing because of the Olympics,” Bevacqua said. “We think that this is in the best interests of the PGA of America and the PGA Championship to make this move to position us for the next hundred years of the PGA Championship. We felt it was important as an organisation to seize this opportunity. We feel May is a far more powerful date for us to contest our major championship.”
The 2019 PGA Championship will take place at Bethpage Black on New York's Long Island, with the 2020 edition being held at Harding Park, San Francisco.
Bevacqua also dismissed the idea that the PGA Championship could be held abroad in the next decade.