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The Golfing Calendar Is Set For A Major Change In 2019

The Golfing Calendar Is Set For A Major Change In 2019

The order of golf's four majors as we know it is about to come to an end.

Since the 1950's, the PGA Championship has been the final major of the year, but from 2019 that's about to change. The PGA have revealed that the tournament will now be played in May, in between the Masters and the US Open.

It means The Open will become the final major of the year, taking the place of where the PGA Championship traditionally was.

From April to July, there will now be a major every month, which can only please golfing fans.

PGA of America Chief Executive Officer Pete Bevacqua explained the reason for the move in a statement on Monday evening.

In weighing the complex evolution of the golf calendar, the PGA of America's key objectives were to promote the best interests of our signature spectator Championship, do what is best for the game and its great players...

Our analysis began in 2013 and included an extensive list of factors, including having to shift the date every four years to accommodate the Olympic Games. In the end, we determined that playing the PGA Championship the week prior to Memorial Day in May, making it the second major championship of the golf calendar, will achieve those objectives.

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Another consequence of the move means The Players' Championship will now revert its traditional March date. Up until 2007, the unofficial "fifth major" was played in the weeks before The Masters.

In Europe, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth will also move in the calendar. Traditionally in May, the European Tour will now play the event in September.

Four majors in four months will sound like heaven to golf fans. The first USPGA Championship in its new date will take place at Bethpage Black in New York.

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Daniel Kelly

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