The PGA Championship is upon us with what is widely regarded as the strongest field of any major golf tournament each year. And don’t worry, you didn’t miss summer – this year’s tournament is taking place in May for the first time since 1949.
As part of a restructuring of the golf schedule, the PGA Championship is now the second major of the season instead of the fourth. Rather than the last three majors taking place over a seven-week span, there will be one major tournament per month beginning with the Masters in April and ending with The Open Championship in July.
This change also gives players an opportunity to space out their schedule better leading up to the FedEx Cup Playoffs, a highly competitive series of tournaments at the end of the golf season. Looking ahead, the schedule change will also benefit any golfer looking to compete in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo that runs from late July to early August. With golf back in the Olympics, golfers now have a chance to compete for all four majors, as well as a gold medal for their country.
This year’s PGA Championship will test the best golfers in the world at the daunting Bethpage Black Course in Long Island, New York. Think that’s hyperbole? Behind the first tee is a warning sign that states, “The Black Course Is An Extremely Difficult Course Which We Recommend Only For Highly Skilled Golfers.” 156 competitors will tee off on Thursday morning with the goal of taking home the massive Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday. On top of playing a difficult course, every stroke matters in stroke play, the format of the tournament, which adds to the pressure these golfers face.
The tournament kicks off on Thursday, May 16 and will be broadcast live on TNT and CBS. Brooks Koepka will try to defend his title, while Tiger Woods, fresh off a Masters victory, will look to avenge his runner-up finish from a year ago.
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