Confirmed: 2016 PGA in July
By Torleif Sorenson on 8/8/14
The 2016 Summer Olympics will be held in Rio de Janiero, Brazil from August 5 to August 21. And ever since the International Olympic Committee approved golf as an Olympic sport in Rio, we have been expecting the 2016 PGA Championship to have to be played early, to avoid a scheduling conflict.

This week, the PGA of America confirmed that the 98th PGA Championship will be played the week of July 25-31, 2016 at Baltusrol Golf Club's Lower Course. This famous club is located in Springfield Township, in New Jersey's Union County, part of the New York City metropolitan area.

The last time the PGA Championship was not played in August was in 1971, when it was played February 25–28 at what is now BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Jack Nicklaus triumphed by two shots over the reigning Masters champion, Billy Casper.)

The schedule change is a little interesting, since the PGA of America will be celebrating 100 years of existence — so, a number of PGA tournaments and events, including the regional and national Club Professional championships will also need to be bumped ahead on the calendar.

The last time the PGA was played at Baltusrol was in 2005, when Phil Mickelson won his second major with one of his famous "flop" shots, which earned him a birdie on the 72nd hole and a one-stroke victory over Steve Elkington and Thomas Bjørn.

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falcon50driver says:
Did I mention that the grass for the Olympic golf course in Rio is coming from a farm down the road from me in Beaumont Texas? I'd like to know how that's going to happen, surely they're not going to cut sod strips like they sell locally. Probably sending the grass seed for the hybrid they developed here.
Torleif Sorenson says:
Falcon, is that some strain of Bermuda, or is it a salt-resistant strain like Paspalum?
falcon50driver says:
Mr Douget developed Zeon Zoysia,
He said Zeon Zoysia uses 30 percent less water and 40 percent less fertilizer than Bermuda, the grass traditionally used for golf courses.

“Golfers like it, too, because it has a stiffer leaf blade and the ball sits up in the fairway,” Doguet said.
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