Four years and hundreds of conversations later, the PGA Tour and PGA of America made the decision in August of 2017 to switch up the golf calendar. This involved moving the PGA Championship back to May for the first time in 70 years and THE PLAYERS back to March for the first time since 2007. The topic that sparked the conversation of re-arranging the calendar was golf’s return to the Olympics and the PGA Tour’s want to wrap up their FedEx Cup season before the NFL season started.
This decision would put golf’s biggest events within a six-month window and allow for the players to take the time off they needed to recover from the game. Many players are fully on board with the change. Rickie Fowler says, “From a scheduling stand-point, it might be a lot better for us to have an actual off-season like every other sport.” Adam Scott said that it would be great to have a few months off and “starve the world of PGA Tour golf.”
What Does This Mean for THE PLAYERS Championship?
Originally, THE PLAYERS Championship was moved in 2007 with the idea that “the grass would be greener in May” however, now, some people on the PGA Tour are saying that it suffered in this new time slot.
Luke Donald claims that the move back to March would make THE PLAYERS significantly harder in many ways. Tee to green, the course is much harder this time of year and forces players to work on their short game, the bent greens were faster and it’s much windier in March, so players would need to control their ball flight.
It seems as though golfers are looking for something more challenging and the move from May to March would be just that. TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course is initially difficult and moving it to harder weather conditions would make it just that much tougher.
“The best player is still going to win, but it’s a more challenging test in March than it is in May, because of the weather,” Bill Horschel explains.
Since May of 2007, THE PLAYERS Championship has grown in stature and regardless of the date, it is and will remain one of the most premier events in golf. The best players in the world come together at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, one of the most impressive courses in the world for an unmatched spectator experience. Moving the event to March in 2019 will only enhance an already strong Florida portion of the golf calendar.
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