Although the 2017 PGA Championship is going on right now, there are some concerns within the organization over how well the prominent major can compete with the National Football League. This comes as the championship is typically held during the later parts of the summer right as NFL action is starting to get underway.
This is prompting the PGA of America to move back the date of the PGA Championship for the first time in seventy years. In 2019, the Championship will be held in the month of May.
This is part of a much larger effort to adjust the overall PGA schedule. In 2019, the Players Championship will move back to March.
Additional calendar changes will also come about in the future. This is according to two anonymous officials who talked with the Associated Press at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, the site where the PGA Championship is going on at right now.
The officials, who remained anonymous on the grounds that the PGA has not made any official announcements, have stated that the plans for adjusting the schedule have been in the works for at least the last four years. The return of golf to the Olympics was a major factor in the decision to adjust the overall PGA schedule.
The tour has also expressed a strong interest in getting the FedEx Cup to end before the NFL season starts in early September. This comes as the NFL season often overshadows every other major professional sports competition as the fall season starts. Other events would more than likely have to be adjusted in terms of when they would be held as a means of making it easier for such events to be hosted.
A Significant Change
The decision to move the PGA Championship over to May is a major development. The event has been held on August of each year since 1969 with only two exceptions. One of those exceptions came in 2016 when the event was moved up on the calendar to keep it from conflicting with the Olympics.
But even with this, there are still hopes that the PGA Tour season could end before September or around Labor Day in the future. This especially comes amid the increasing power of the NFL and from how it is difficult for the PGA and other professional sports organizations to compete for fair coverage and interest.
The 2018 PGA Championship, which will be the 100th edition of the event, will be held on August 9-12 at the Bellerive Country Club in Town and Country, Missouri.
The 2019 edition will be the first to have the shift to May. It will specifically be held from May 16-19 at the Bethpage State Park Black Course in Farmingdale, New York.
The 2020 edition will be at the TPC Harding Park course in San Francisco. Regardless of the move by the PGA to shift the calendar, the major will probably be held in May or even earlier as a means of keeping it from coinciding with the Olympics in Tokyo that summer.