Here we are in the second week of May and the PGA Championship is staring us in the face.
Welcome to the new age, indeed.
It feels strange, having the season’s second major championship approaching while the echoes of Tiger Woods’ spectacular Masters victory haven’t fully faded. There’s still the AT&T Byron Nelson to be played this week but it’s the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, where the fans are so nurturing, that owns the moment.
Moving the Players Championship from May to March was the right move in the PGA Tour’s reshuffled schedule and putting the PGA Championship next week is perhaps the best of the many changes that came with the restructuring.
There’s an urgency to the PGA Championship that could sometimes be lacking in the draining heat of August. Tiger’s Masters win added to the anticipation but putting the PGA second in line works on multiple levels.
The PGA Championship has been the subject of more conversation, planning and preparation than ever before.
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