While the new schedule has increased the tension of trying to claim a career-defining major championship, most players believe it’s worth it for two main reasons: Golf is no longer going to fall with the NFL, and players can take a breather and put their clubs away earlier.
The move of the PGA Championship from August to May does both, as it leaves the PGA Tour finals of the FedEx Cup starting and ending earlier.
“If you polled all the players, I would think they would be happy as it is now,” Jordan Spieth, a three-time big winner, said this week. “We can finish our season in August and not compete with football. And then create a little out of season for ourselves. ‘
By playing the PGA Championship in the spring rather than in the summer, the event can also be played in more parts of the United States. The planning of the tournament in August meant that areas in the country experiencing particularly hot summer conditions, which are bad for greens, could not host a PGA Championship. This eliminated large parts of the country.
“We think the cadence of the schedule is just better for fans – better for players,” said Seth Waugh, CEO of the PGA of America, which hosts the PGA Championship. ‘Obviously, it’s exhausting for them to go April, May, June, July, and then if you’re having an Olympics this year. It’s a long time. ‘
The PGA of America represents more than 28,000 professional teachers and club golfers nationwide who serve the recreational golf audience. More golf courses early in the year increase overall interest in the sport. Waugh said: “Our chance of lighting the fire in May is pretty important.”
Finally, Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters winner, thinks that tour players will be better adapted to the new schedule after doing so for the second time in 2021. He pointed to Brooks Koepka, who has won two U.S. Open and two PGA Championships in a 26-month period starting in 2017, as inspiration for his colleagues.