When is the 2019 PGA Championship?June 1, 2018 Golf News
The PGA Championship will no longer be the final major in 2019
In 2019, the PGA Championship will no longer be Glory’s Last Shot after it was decided that the tournament needed to move dates, but when is the 2019 PGA Championship?
Here’s the lowdown on the 101st edition of the championship.
A brief history of the PGA Championship
The PGA Championship was initially a matchplay event with the first event being held in October 1916 at Siwanoy Country Club, New York.
The tournament was mainly played in either May or June after World War II and then moved to July in 1953 with the final day falling on the Tuesday of the tournament.
The strokeplay format was first used in 1958 because television broadcasters believed it would make the tournament more marketable with the majority of high profile names contending on the final day.
Did you know…
The PGA Championship trophy is called the Wanamaker Trophy and is named after Rodman Wanamaker, a store owner who called a meeting between friends, which included Walter Hagen, to discuss the formation of a new golf organisation for professional golfers in 1916.
This resulted in the formation of the PGA of America which would host a professional only golf tournament every year. Wanamaker put up $2,500 of his own money for the prize fund and ordered that a silver cup would be presented to the winner of the tournament.
The current trophy isn’t the original as it was lost by Walter Hagen.
Where is the 2019 PGA Championship?
The 101st edition of the tournament will be held on the famous Bethpage Black Golf Course, New York.
It will be the third time that the course has hosted a major championship having hosted the US Open in 2002 and 2009.
When is the 2019 PGA Championship?
The 2019 PGA Championship has been brought forward to May in 2019 to reignite interest in the championship and so the FedEx Cup play-offs aren’t overshadowed by the start of the American Football season.
The tournament will be played between Thursday 13 May and Sunday 19 May 2019 meaning the Players Championship has now been moved back to March.
Who is the defending champion?
Brooks Koepka is the defending champion heading to Bethpage after he won the 100th edition of the tournament at Bellerive in 2018.
The American won his second major of the season after defending his US Open crown at Shinnecock Hills.