2016 PGA Championship Could Be In July
By Torleif Sorenson on 8/7/13

The Rodman Wanamaker Trophy could make an earlier-than-usual appearance at Baltusrol.


PGA of America president Ted Bishop told Golf Channel on Tuesday that the 2016 PGA Championship, which will be held at Baltusrol's Lower Course, might have to be contested in July, rather than August. That's because the 2016 Olympic Summer Games will be held in Rio de Janiero, Brazil from August 5-21.
"We haven't set a date yet for 2016, but I doubt very seriously that it would be after Labor Day. I would think that what you're going to see in 2016 probably would be a sliding forward of the majors... the PGA Championship would probably take place sometime in late July, a couple of weeks after the Open Championship."
Certainly the PGA of America would not want their annual championship upstaged by American football, nor would they want attendance to be dented by the resumption of school in September, as well.

The PGA Tour faces an additional problem: The WGC-Bridgestone usually falls between the Open Championship and the PGA. The Golf Channel's Will Gray quoted Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem on the problem:
"On the Olympic year, we just haven't quite finished sorting out the run in mid-summer in those weeks. But it's not going to affect this week because the World Golf Championships have to have priority positioning, and the date will reflect that as it relates to the PGA Championship and for the Olympic competition as well."
At least this year, the world's best golfers have the experience of a quick turnaround, with tommorrow's first round of the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill coming just 18 days after the conclusion of the Open Championship at Muirfield.

One of the tournaments likely to suffer as a result of the Olympic golf tournament in Rio is the Canadian Open which, as we told you, some people worry is becoming just another tournament.

This is not the first time the Olympic Games have tossed a professional sports schedule into a tizzy; the National Hockey League lost their 2006 and 2010 All-Star Games due to the Olympic Winter Games — although the loss of the 2010 ASG was not a problem since those Games were held in Vancouver, highlighted by an extremely dramatic men's hockey gold medal game won in overtime by Team Canada's Sidney Crosby.


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[ comments ]
mjaber says:
Why would a WGC event take priority over a major?
8/7/13
 
jasonfish11 says:
I read it that the WGC took priority over other non-majors. As in "well at least we know the WGC will be the week before the PGA (when ever it gets scheduled)" then the other tounaments will fall in after that.
8/7/13
 
jasonfish11 says:
but I've been wrong before
8/7/13
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
Mike, I think Commissioner Finchem probably should have phrased his comment more clearly. JasonFish11 is spot-on.
8/7/13
 
mjaber says:
@jasonfish... could be. I guess it's open to interpretation. Sounds to me like "Birdgestone pays us a ton of cash, so we're not going to move their tournament, and the PGA or America will just have to deal with it."
8/7/13
 
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