In nod to Olympics, 2016 PGA will move to July
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Golf's shuffle to accommodate the 2016 Olympics will start with the PGA Championship being moved from its traditional August slot to the last week of July.
Opening ceremonies for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games will be held Aug. 5, five days after the last putt is scheduled to drop July 31 at Baltusrol Golf Club's Lower Course in Springfield, N.J.
“I would tell you that we view it as a positive,” Pete Bevacqua, the PGA of America's chief executive officer, said in making the announcement here Wednesday at Valhalla Golf Club, site of the 96th PGA Championship. “We think that the end of July at Baltusrol just outside of New York City is actually a better time of year than August. We think the temperatures will be better, also, in terms of really the activities of the residents of that area. Quite honestly, less people are on vacation, more people are in town and we think it will work out as a real benefit to the 2016 PGA Championship."
The change would be the first time the PGA Championship hasn’t been played in August since 1971, when Jack Nicklaus won in late February at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.