USPGA Championship Moves To May

From 2019, the USPGA Championship will move from August to May, with the Players Championship moving back to March

USPGA Championship playoff format Moves To May

From 2019, the USPGA Championship will move from August to May, with the Players Championship moving back to March

USPGA Championship Moves To May

From next year, the USPGA Championship will move from its usual August spot and take place in May.

Currently held in August, the season's final major championship will become the second major in the calendar.

It has been known as 'Glory's Last Shot' but from 2019 the Open Championship will be the year's final major, which may even increase the appeal and anticipation of the world's oldest golf tournament.

The USPGA's move means that The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass will move back to its old date of March.

This will be the PGA Tour's headline tournament schedule:

March - The Players Championship

April - The Masters

May - USPGA Championship

June - US Open

July - The Open Championship

August - FedEx Cup Playoffs

The USPGA Championship has taken place in August every year since 1969, barring 1971 when it was held in February and in 2016 when it was in July to make way for the Olympics.

The move ensures that the PGA Tour Playoffs will be done and dusted by the time the NFL, so US TV audiences should be up.

As Charley Hoffman told Golf Digest, "Football runs TV in that time of year."

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It will allow other courses in the US to host the USPGA, because Texas and the South East are usually too hot in August.

That means that Southern Hills will be back, and is pencilled in for a pre-2030 date.

Last time Southern Hills hosted in 2007, play was halted after temperatures reached 40° C.

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Whilst speaking to Golf Digest, Rickie Fowler has welcomed the news.

“I think it doesn’t matter from the standpoint of the PGA being in August or May because it’s a major and we’ll all be ready no matter when it’s played,” said the four-time PGA Tour winner.

“From a scheduling standpoint, it might be a lot better for us to have an actual off-season like every other sport. The schedule will be more uniform from March to August as far as big events, which will probably be a good thing.”

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Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered three Open Championships on-site including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


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