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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (August 8, 2017) – In a joint announcement, the PGA of America and the PGA TOUR today announced that beginning in 2019, the PGA Championship will be played in the month of May -- while THE PLAYERS Championship will be contested in March at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
"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, and find the most advantageous platform to fulfill our mission of serving our nearly 29,000 PGA Professionals and growing the game," said PGA of America Chief Executive Officer Pete Bevacqua. "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 three objectives."
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.
A total of four PGA Championships have been held in May. Ben Hogan claimed the second of his two PGA Championship victories in May of ‘48. Denny Shute also hoisted the Wanamaker Trophy in May 1937, as did Snead for the first time in May ’42.
Since its inception in 1916, the PGA Championship has been played in nine different months. It has been the final major championship of the year from 1959-70, and from 1972 through 2017.
FUTURE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP SITES
(as of August 2017)
2017 Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina
2018 Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis, Missouri
2019 Bethpage Black, Farmingdale, New York
2020 TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, California
2021 The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island (South Carolina) Golf Resort
2022 Trump International Golf Club, Bedminster, New Jersey
2023 Oak Hill Country Club, Pittsford, New York
Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Year to be announced
Beginning in 2019, the PGA Professional Championship, the largest all-professional national golf event, will be held earlier in the year as well. The event will be conducted in late April as a result of new competition dates for the PGA Championship, which will move to May 16-19, 2019.
The 2019 PGA Professional Championship will be played April 28-May 1, at a site to be determined. The Championship has been played in June since 1997.
The 2018 Championship will be conducted June 17-20, at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, California.
PGA Club Professionals in the 312-member PGA Professional Championship presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA, will continue to compete for 20 berths in the PGA Championship.
Begun in 1968 to provide additional playing opportunities for PGA Professionals, the PGA Professional Championship features the finest playing PGA Members in the Association. The Championship has been played in 16 states in the previous 50 years: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin.
PGA Professional Championship
presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA
2018 June 17-20 Bayonet Black Horse, Seaside, California
2019 April 28-May 1 Site TBD
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Jamie Carbone, PGA of America, email@example.com