So the PGA announced that their Championship will move from August to May, beginning in 2019. From May 16-19, 2019, Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York, will host the 101st PGA Championship, which will be the first conducted in May since Sam Snead’s triumph in 1949.
Since its inception in 1916, the PGA Championship has been played in 9 different months. As the final major of the year from 1959-1970, and then again from 1972-2017.
Personally, I applaud the move as better conditions "May" result, as opposed to hot/humid sometimes rainy mid-August weather. As well in an effort to grow the game, I believe following the Masters in April is a smart move! Great way to start the PGA tour season, as two majors back to back might just bring some fans and ratings to the top of the stack.
Hopefully the coverage will improve when the tournament moves to May, as today I'm struggling to catch the telecast with Summer fading fast here in Upstate NY! I certainly love the game, but would rather be at my favorite course (Sagamore Golf Club), as the warm weekends on my calendar dwindle to single digits.
Finally, my least favorite major would be of much more interest in May then when the boys are getting ready to play! Football that is, college and the NFL, and my new found obsession for CBS "Fantasy Football"...
From a marketing perspective I have to admit, at this time of the year I'm more concerned about the status of Ezekiel Elliot than Jordan Spieth! I'm the target audience for both sports, even though my avocation has evolved into a vocation. The three letter acronym that has my attention has nothing to do with the PGA or FedEx playoffs, sorry to say. It's all about the NFL (and the SEC) for me and I'm ready for some football!