PGA Championship will move to May
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.