2016 PGA Championship moving to July to accommodate Olympics
In order to accommodate the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the PGA Championship will be not be held in August for the first time in more than four decades.
The PGA of America announced that the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club's Lower Course in Springfield, New Jersey is scheduled to end July 31 so golfers have time to prepare for the 2016 Olympics. The Opening Ceremonies of the games take place Aug. 5, 2016.
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The International Golf Federation announced the rules for qualifying for the Olympics last month. Qualifying for the Olympic Games ends July 11, 2016 and 60 golfers will make the field for the 72-hole stroke play event.
"I would tell you that we view it as a positive,” Pete Bevacqua, the PGA of America's chief executive officer, said via Golfweek.com. “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."
The last non-August PGA Championship was in 1971. Jack Nicklaus won by two strokes over Billy Casper when the tournament was played in February.