Golf: PGA Championships calendar set to change
Si Woo Kim plays from the fifth fairway during a practice round for the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club. Photograph: (Reuters)
The US PGA Championships calendar may be shifted from May to August, according to media reports even as earlier reports suggested the move would only take place in the Olympic year.
US media reports suggest the PGA is widely expected to shift dates of the event. The change in the PGA calendar would mean the event will come in direct conflict with a key European tour event - the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, England.
"We have no comment on that," a PGA of America spokesman told Reuters at Quail Hollow, site of the PGA Championship starting on Thursday.
Pete Bevacqua, CEO of PGA of America had earlier told Golf Channel: "We are huge proponents of the Olympics. That’s something that, with our peer organisations in the game – 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. 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."
"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,” he added.
Last month, on the eve of the British Open at Royal Birkdale, R&A CEO Martin Slumbers told reporters it made no difference to him if the British Open remained the third major of the year or became the fourth and last.
"I don't think the final decision has been taken yet on that," Slumbers said at the time. "I think from our perspective I don't really mind whether we're the third major or the fourth major. We try to do our very best with The Open Championship to make it as good as we possibly can do.
"I can absolutely understand some of the logic, and if it ends up as resulting in more people watching our game, then that's a great outcome."