Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus are among many figures in golf to have welcomed changes to the sport’s calendar, which will come into effect from 2019.
As had been rumoured for the best part of a year, it was confirmed yesterday that the US PGA Championship has moved from August to May and the Players Championship moving from May to March. Immediately following the announcement, the European Tour announced that the BMW PGA Championship would move from May to September.
Speaking ahead of the US PGA Championship, McIlroy, who is the favourite to win the year’s final major, said: “I think it's great for the golf schedule. I think a May date for the PGA of America is a really good thing.
“From a player's perspective, to now have one really big tournament every month from March, the Players, to the Masters to the US PGA Championship to the US Open to the Open, and to have the FedExCup most likely at end of August or start of September; it just has a better flow to it, I think.
“I've been a big supporter of it from the first time I heard about it, and the announcement today, I think has been very well received by a lot of the players in the locker room.”
Woods also saw fit to comment on the changes, saying he fully supported the changes.
Really like & support decision by PGA & the Tour. A big event every month and flexibility with schedule including the FedExCup.— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) August 8, 2017
Nicklaus, meanwhile, described the changes as ‘a good thing for the game of golf’ in a lengthy Instagram post, with it also offering the chance to help boost the quality of field at his Memorial Tournament, which will likely be held in one of the middle weekends between the US PGA and US Open.
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I think today’s announcement will benefit both the PGA of America and the PGA TOUR. Collectively, these moves should be a good thing for the game of golf, and I am supportive of anything that benefits our game and at any level. I think this is a good move for the PGA of America, and hosting their Championship earlier in the year should bring greater recognition to the event. It’s also a logical move for The PLAYERS. They have historically done very well when the event has been played in March, and there is no reason to believe it won’t continue to do well at that time. Kudos to both. From the Memorial Tournament’s perspective, we are very pleased with our end of May spot on the calendar. Being comfortably situated between the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open at the height of the competitive golf season can only benefit our field, which annually is among the strongest in golf. Repost @pgachampionship ・・・ It's official! The PGA Championship is moving to May in 2019. Find more info on pga.com