WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2017
by Mike Purkey

As the result of the worst-kept secret in golf, the PGA Championship just received a huge burst of energy. The PGA of America and the PGA Tour jointly announced Tuesday that the PGA Championship will move from its traditional August date to an undisclosed date in May, starting in 2019.

The Players Championship will return to an equally undisclosed March date from its May date, which it had held for the past 10 years.

 


Ernie Els Brands

by Alex Miceli

With the flurry of activity Tuesday around the announced moves of the PGA Championship, Players Championship and BMW PGA, I thought it might be worthwhile to look back and see just exactly what prompted the Players to move to May initially.

In a teleconference on Jan. 11, 2006, then-Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, speaking with the heads of the NBC, CBS and Golf Channel networks, talked about the new TV deal that they had signed. As part of the discussion, Finchem announced the move of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass near the Tour’s headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., from March to May, starting in 2007.

 


by Adam Schupak

They rolled in a cake for a celebration, and Ernie Els did the honors of cutting the first slices. On Thursday, Els and Phil Mickelson will make their 100th major championship starts at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club.

These two World Golf Hall of Famers met long ago in San Diego when Els, 14, a South African on his first trip to the United States, had the audacity to beat the hometown favorite in the boys 13-14 age division of the 1984 Junior World Golf Championships. When they flashed a photo of the pair from the awards ceremony, Els wore a grin from ear-to-ear and held a trophy almost as tall as he was. “Do you see how grumpy Phil looks there?” Els said Tuesday during a joint news conference.

 


by Ted Bishop

As a Morning Read subscriber, you might hold a perception of a PGA of America professional that varies from other golfers’ views, depending on how you participate in the game. Many of you are members at private clubs or frequently play public-access golf courses. You identify a PGA professional as the man or woman who is promoting and teaching golf where you play. You also know that many golf courses could not function without the help of the assistant golf professionals who spend countless hours behind the scenes doing all sorts of important jobs.

 


The PGA’s quest for a new identity

How is moving the PGA Championship to May going to "give it an identity"? Though most consider it the least in prestige, it is still a major championship (“Earlier date for PGA ripples worldwide,” Aug. 8, http://bit.ly/2vfo4Wx). Think of how much Arnold Palmer would have liked to have won it. The weather at Bethpage State Park on Long Island, the site of the 2019 PGA, might be interesting. I guess they didn't think that one out. The PGA should have stayed in August as "glory’s last shot."

 


Selected: Paula Creamer, to replace the injured Jessica Korda on the U.S. team for the Solheim Cup, captain Juli Inkster announced. Creamer had been selected by Inkster as the alternate but not publicly disclosed when the team was finalized Sunday night (“Inkster plays a hunch with Solheim rookies,” Aug. 7, http://bit.ly/2vGZQFd). Korda withdrew on Monday because of an injured left forearm. In six previous Solheim Cup appearances, Creamer has compiled a 14-8-5 record. The matches will be held Aug. 18-20 at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa.

 



Keeping score

4

Number of PGA Championships that have been held in May: 1937 at Pittsburgh Field Club in Fox Chapel, Pa. (won by Denny Shute); 1942 at Seaview Country Club in Galloway Township, N.J. (Sam Snead); 1948 at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis (Ben Hogan); and 1949 at Hermitage Country Club in Richmond, Va. (Snead).



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Mission Inn Resort and Club is undergoing a $3.5 million renovation at the resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., with completion expected by the end of the year. The makeover will include the 170 guest accommodations, golf clubhouse, restaurant and other structures at the resort, which is 35 minutes northwest of Orlando.

 

CALENDAR
August 7-13
Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s Amateur
San Diego CC, Chula Vista, Calif.
August 10-13
Web.com Tour: Price Cutter Charity Championship
Highland Springs CC, Springfield, Mo.
PGA Tour: PGA Championship
Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C.
August 14-20
Men’s amateur: U.S. Amateur
Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Calif.
August 17-20
European Tour: Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play
Golf Resort Bad Griesbach (Germany)
Web.com Tour: News Sentinel Open
Fox Den CC, Knoxville, Tenn.
PGA Tour: Wyndham Championship
Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, N.C.
European Tour: Fiji International
Natadola (Fiji) Bay GC
August 18-20
Champions Tour: Dick’s Sporting Goods Open
En-Joie GC, Endicott, N.Y.
LPGA: Solheim Cup
Des Moines CC, West Des Moines, Iowa

      
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