A player will win golf’s final major championship of the 2018 season this weekend – and then have to defend it just nine months later when the tournament changes places on the 2019 PGA Tour schedule.
When players walk off the course at the PGA Championship Sunday evening, it will have a different feel.
"This is the last major championship of the year."
It’s also the last time we will be able to say that, with the PGA moving to May in 2019 and the whole PGA Tour schedule getting a significant makeover. The Players goes back to March, the Majors will be more naturally spaced with one every month for four straight months, and the playoffs will end before Labor Day. These are all positive changes.
This all comes about because of the wraparound schedule the Tour went to a few years back, with a new season starting in October and ending in the next calendar year. While the split season still feels odd, the Tour finally has come close to making it right.
The change might even benefit the PGA which loses it’s "Glory’s Last Shot" identity but could gain a new one in the spring.
"I’m pretty excited to see it move to May. I think, as a PGA golf professional, I like seeing it early on the schedule rather than as the last major."
It’s possible more people will see it then, too.
On the heels of The Masters, the PGA will now be played when interest in golf is still building, and not when it has started to cede attention to baseball pennant races and preseason football.
In fact, moving meaningful tournaments out of football’s dominating shadow will be good for the whole game, except, of course, the fall events, which will still find themselves struggling for light.
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