PGA Cham­pi­onship will move to May

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -

The PGA of Amer­ica is mov­ing the PGA Cham­pi­onship to May for the first time in 70 years when it goes to Beth­page Black on New York’s Long Is­land in 2019 as part of a long-term plan that in­volves a ma­jor shift in the golf cal­en­dar, in­clud­ing the Play­ers Cham­pi­onship go­ing back to its March date, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported.

Two of­fi­cials in­volved in the dis­cus­sions said the PGA of Amer­ica and PGA Tour will dis­cuss de­tails of the move as early as Tues­day at Quail Hol­low Club in Char­lotte, N.C., site of this year’s PGA Cham­pi­onship. The cat­a­lyst be­hind the move­ment was golf ’s re­turn to the Olympics, along with the PGA Tour’s de­sire to wrap up its FedEx Cup be­fore the NFL sea­son be­gins.

The move to May also puts the PGA Cham­pi­onship in the mid- dle of the ma­jor cham­pi­onship sea­son — af­ter the Masters, be­fore the U.S. Open — in­stead of be­ing stuck at the end in Au­gust. Still to be de­ter­mined is the how the rest of the PGA Tour sched­ule is con­stricted to fin­ish around La­bor Day.

Not only will Sid­ney Crosby, Connor McDavid, Aus­ton

Matthews and most of the best hockey play­ers in the world not be go­ing to the Olympics, nei­ther will any­one on an NHL con­tract.

The league has de­cided that play­ers with ac­tive NHL con­tracts, even those in the mi­nors, will not be al­lowed to par­tic­i­pate in the Olympics in Fe­bru­ary in South Korea. Deputy com­mis­sioner Bill Daly con­firmed the league’s stance to the AP.

The league said in April that, for the first time since 1994, it would not be stop­ping its sea­son to go to the Olympics, but ques­tions had re­mained about play­ers in the Amer­i­can Hockey League and ECHL. Play­ers signed to two-way NHL con­tracts or who are loaned to mi­nor league af­fil­i­ates by their clubs won’t be avail­able to the United States, Canada or other na­tional teams. The AHL said ear­lier this sum­mer that gen­eral man­agers could de­cide to al­low play­ers on AHL con­tracts to play in South Korea.

Daly con­firmed that play­ers signed to NHL deals but who are play­ing in Europe would not be pre­cluded from play­ing in the Olympics. Those play­ers would not be play­ing the sea­son on their NHL con­tracts.

Two-time Tour de France win­ner Al­berto Con­ta­dor will re­tire next month af­ter rid­ing in the Span­ish Vuelta.

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