PGA Championship to move to May from 2019

The final major of the year will soon become the second major of the year as the PGA Championship will be played in May for the first time in 70 years.

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The PGA Championship date change to May will be confirmed on Tuesday.

It is expected that when the tournament heads to Bethpage Black in two years’ time, it will be played between the Masters and US Open.

According to the Associated Press the PGA will not use its now accustomed August date but opt for an earlier slot in May in the hope of maintaining more interest in the tournament.

The move will involve the Players Championship moving back to March and also looks set to accommodate any future Olympic scheduling following the hectic 2016 summer golfing calendar.

It appears that the PGA of America have already informed some of the players and Rickie Fowler has welcomed the news.

“I think it doesn’t matter from the standpoint of the PGA being in August or May because it’s a major and we’ll all be ready no matter when it’s played,” Fowler told Golf Digest.

“From a scheduling standpoint, it might be a lot better for us to have an actual off-season like every other sport. The schedule will be more uniform from March to August as far as big events, which will probably be a good thing.”

Phil Mickelson, who won the event in 2005, echoed Fowler’s sentiments believing it will be a better long-term solution for the tournament.

“I think it will be a really good thing for the PGA, because it would be earlier on in the rotation when there is maybe more excitement for the majors,” Mickelson said.

“We get to August, and that excitement kind of dwindles a little. It’s at a time of year where golf seems to linger on, so maybe there will be more energy behind the PGA earlier in the year.”

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