The PGA of America has announced the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club will be played July 28-31 to avoid a conflict with the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Bringing golf back to the Olympics is a huge undertaking, and it will be interesting to see how the players react to the packed schedule in 2016. The Open, PGA, Olympic Games, FedEx Cup Playoffs, and Ryder Cup will all be played from July through September. I would expect players to skip some regular TOUR stops earlier in the season because of the added intensity of the Olympics.
However, PGA of America President Ted Bishop is pleased with the changes.
“The PGA of America is excited for what the year 2016 means for our Association and the game of golf. It promises to be a historic season on many levels,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “We celebrate our centennial; our PGA Championship is being hosted on one of the greatest courses in America and the Olympic Games cap the summer by welcoming back golf as an official sport. We believe that moving up the PGA Championship date that year is a win-win for our viewing audience, our spectators as well as for what is likely to be once again the strongest field in golf.”
Only time will tell how the Olympics will affect the game of golf.
Future PGA Championship sites, courtesy of the PGA of America:
2014 Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Ky.
2015 Whistling Straits, Kohler, Wis.
2016 Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, N.J.
2017 Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C.
2018 Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis, Mo.
2019 Bethpage Black, Farmingdale, N.Y.
2020 TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, Calif.
2022 Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster, N.J.
–Bernie D’Amato (@bdamato711)