TOUR NEWS Ma­jor shake-up

US PGA moves to May as part of the PGA Tour’s big­gest sched­ule rejig in a decade

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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

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.

EARLY FIN­ISH

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.

NEW EVENTS

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.

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