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Not a fan of the new, condensed men’s major schedule? 

You’re not alone. Rory McIlroy doesn’t like it either.

The world No.2, who lost out in a play-off to Sebastian Soderberg at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland at the weekend, thinks that the calendar has become too congested with the US PGA Championship moving from its traditional August slot to a new date in May.

The move, which was made in time for this year, meant that only 102 days separated the first round of the first men’s major of the year (The Masters) and the last round of the last (The Open).

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It also means a wait of almost nine months until the next time one of golf’s four marquee events takes place.

Speaking to the BBC’s ‘The Cut’ podcast, McIlroy explained why he thinks that’s a bad thing.


“If the narrative becomes that majors are the only important thing in golf, that’s a dangerous narrative to run with because are fans then not going to care the other 48 weeks of the year?” said the four-time major champ. “And if the majors are spaced so closely together, are fans only going to care from the second week in April to the third or fourth week in July and everything else doesn’t really matter”

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McIlroy believes that golf should look to another sport for a solution to the problem.

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“I’d like to see them spaced out the way tennis does it,” he added. “They have the Australian Open in January and obviously the US Open’s going on right now. They’ve got a nice nine-month window of relevancy and that’s my thing with golf.

“You want to stay relevant for as long as possible throughout the year and you want as many eyeballs as possible on it. I don’t know if, by spacing the majors so closely together, that’s the right thing to do”

You can listen to the whole podcast here.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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