The US PGA Championship will no longer be the final major of the year with the announcement it will be moving to May.
The PGA Championship has been the last major of the year since 1971 (apart from last year’s Olympic year when it was held in July) but the Golf Digest is reporting that from next year it will move to May.
Rumours of the change of date have swirled for some time with the PGA Tour suggesting earlier in the year it would move the PLAYERS Championship from May to March to accommodate, but there are some queries over which courses are able to host events that early in the American summer.
“I know why it’s happening. I get it. I certainly applaud the PGA of America in helping the PGA Tour out,” said two-time major winner Zach Johnson. “It does help us. I think it makes our schedule much more seamless. I think it will be better all around. Now, as far as where they are going to go in the future with that earlier date, that’s the part that I don’t really know how that is going to work. Oak Hill coming up [in 2023] … can you play in the northern part of the country in May? You can, but you probably shouldn’t.”
Maybe they are preparing to take this major on the road? We’ve always liked the suggestion of staging this major outside of the US every four years.