2016 Olympics Pushes Major Schedules Forward
By Torleif Sorenson on 9/9/13
New Jersey In JulyThe year 2016 will be awfully busy and jam-packed for major golf championships and important events. As we hinted last month, the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club's Lower Course in New Jersey will be scheduled during the last week of July, in order to accommodate the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio. The Olympic Games are scheduled for August 5-21, which would have otherwise created a "major conflict" (pun intended) with the PGA Championship. Bloomberg News quoted PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua thusly:
"I'm 99 percent certain that's when it will be. It's a better time to host a major championship. More people are around and in the swing of things. Less people are on their summer vacations. We think it's actually going to work out to our advantage."
Et tu, Troon?This change is also very likely to force the R&A to have their 2016 Open Championship, scheduled for Royal Troon, some time in early July. Then roughly one month after the Olympics conclude, the 2016 Ryder Cup Matches are scheduled for Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minnesota.
Come See Me, Says KasumigasekiIn other Olympic golf news, on Saturday, September 7, the IOC awarded the 2020 Olympic Summer Games to Tokyo. Originally, speculation was that Wakasu Golf Links would host the Olympic golf competition, but the official Tokyo 2020 venue map now lists Kasumigaseki Country Club as the site, instead. Kasumigaseki's East Course is a C.H. Alison design that opened in 1929, hosted the 1957 Canada Cup, and still has 129 bunkers in play, some of them with fiendishly steep faces.
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