TOUR NEWS Major shake-up
US PGA moves to May as part of the PGA Tour’s biggest schedule rejig in a decade
NEW MAJOR ORDER
The PGA Championship is moving from August to May. Instead of being the season’s final major, it will now be the second of the year, sandwiched between the Masters in April and the US Open in June. The majors will now be squeezed into a 102day window, meaning that a player who hits top form at the right time has a better chance than ever to complete a Grand Slam. We can hope!
The Players Championship (pictured) has moved from May to March, meaning golf’s unofficial ‘fifth major’ now serves as an aperitif to the four real ones. The European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA at Wentworth, will move from May to September.
The PGA Tour season now finishes in August instead of September. The end-ofseason FedEx Cup play-offs have been brought forward a month and reduced from four to three events with the offweek removed. This is so the PGA Tour doesn’t have to compete for viewers and airtime with the new NFL season which starts in September.
The Rocket Mortgage Classic will be held at Detroit Golf Club on June 27-30 and the 3M Open will be played at TPC Twin Cities on July 4-7. While some venues gain, others lose their PGA Tour events. The Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac in Maryland and the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston (the second FedEx Cup play-off event this year) have been sacrificed.