US PGA Championship to move from August to May in tour revamp

Canadian Pacific is back on board for annual LPGA Tour tournamentMore

Canadian Pacific is back on board for annual LPGA Tour tournamentMore

The two tours announced a season-long competition with Aon on Monday.

The season features 46 events, starting with the Safeway Open in October and concluding with the Tour Championship, which will end August 25, 2019, allowing the golf season to end before the start of football.

So basically, there will be a designated hole at 30 PGA Tour events and 28 LPGA tournaments that count toward the challenge, a similar setup to the Kodak Challenge, which existed on the PGA Tour from 2009 to 2011.

It outlined that the player from each tour that places top of the Aon leaderboard at the end of the regular season will each receive US$1 million. "This will enhance the visibility of the FedEx Cup play-offs and overall fan engagement with the PGA Tour and the game as a whole". Puerto Rico is slotted for February 18-24, the same week as the WGC-Mexico Championship.

The World Golf Championships consistently attract the most elite and global fields of the year, with 40-50 of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking teeing it up in the series of four annual events.

It means the Open Championship - which will continue to be held in July - will become the last major in the calendar.

"It's a market we always wanted to go back to, and we're thrilled that we will now have that chance", PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said.

The PGA Championship will be May 16-19 at Bethpage Black on Long Island, splitting part of the Texas swing - the AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas will be the week before the PGA, and the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial will be the week after the PGA. The Detroit stop is wedged near the midway point between the U.S. Open and the British Open.

All three tournaments will be played over consecutive weeks, starting with the Northern Trust from Aug 8-11 and finishing with the Tour Championship from Aug 22-25. If they play the following week's WGC event in Memphis, golfers are looking at five tournaments in six weeks to end the season.

Houston and Greenbrier are to return to the fall portion of the schedule in 2019.

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