• Suggestion that year's final major could be played in May
• Option is "very much on the table" says PGA of America CEO
The PGA Championship has long been the fourth and final major on the calendar of men’s professional golf. For a while, it even referred to itself as ‘Glory’s Last Shot’.
However, there is now a very real possibility that it could vault right up the schedule, moving from its traditional date early in August to a new date in May.
The suggestion was made by the PGA of America’s CEO Pete Bevacqua in an interview with the Golf Channel. Addressing how the championship might need to move to accommodate the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020 – having been played two weeks earlier than normal this year on account of the Rio Games – Bevacqua said that plans are already in motion.
"We can't just bounce the PGA Championship around every four years" - Pete Bevacqua, PGA of America CEO
“We are huge proponents of the Olympics,” he said. “We are all about the Olympics, but we also have to protect the PGA Championship and we can’t just bounce the PGA Championship around every four years.
“That’s something that, with our peer organisations in the game, with the PGA Tour, the USGA, the R&A, and the European Tour, everyone has to share in the burden of what the schedule is going to look like in an Olympic year.
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“To truly make it work, to make it succeed and to make sure golf is in the Olympics for the next century, the whole schedule needs to be adjusted.”
Asked if the option of staging the 2020 championship in May was a possibility, Bevacqua, above, added that it was “very much on the table.”
The 2020 PGA Championship is scheduled to be played at Harding Park in San Francisco.
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