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Changes to the golfing calendar sees US PGA Championship set to move to May

The changes will be implemented in 2019.

The PGA Championship trophy (file pic).
The PGA Championship trophy (file pic).
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THE US PGA Championship is set to move to May from 2019, as one of several significant changes to the golfing calendar.

It has always been the final major of the year — played in August — but it will now be take place between the Masters and the US Open.

PGA Tour officials confirmed the switch today, one which will see a major run off each month from April to July.

The changes will be welcomed in 2019, with Bethpage Black hosting the PGA Championship from 16-19 May, while the Open will take its place as the final major of the season.

Meanwhile, The Players Championship will be played in March.

And subsequently, the European Tour have confirmed that the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth will switch from its May slot to early September.

“We are thrilled to announce these two significant changes, which will greatly enhance the professional golf calendar starting in 2019,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said of the changes.

“The calendar for the PGA Tour season is among the most important and challenging aspects of our business, and the changes we’re unveiling give significant flexibility to create a schedule including the FedExCup Playoffs that is in the best interests of players, fans, tournaments, communities and our partners, from start to finish.”

Rory McIlroy has shown his support for the changes.

“I’m a big supporter of it,” he said. “[It will] make the schedule a little more condensed and the summer a little busier for us, but it means that the guys have a little bit of an off-season after that — I’m all for that.”

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