The PGA’s CEO wants to ensure golf remains in the Olympics after 2020. To boost that bid, the 2020 PGA Championship could be moved from its usual spot in August to May, according to Golf Channel.
“We are all about the Olympics, but we also have to protect the PGA Championship, and we can’t just bounce the PGA Championship around every four years,” PGA CEO Pete Bevacqua said Thursday, according to the report. “That’s something that, with our peer organizations in the game, with the PGA Tour, the USGA, the R&A, and the European Tour, everyone has to share in the burden of what the schedule is going to look like in an Olympic year.”
Golf returned to the Olympics this year for the first time since 1904. It’s only guaranteed a place on the Olympic program in 2020 and not yet beyond.
This year, the PGA Championship was held July 28-31, two weeks earlier than usual. The Rio Olympic men’s golf tournament was Aug. 11-14, which is normally the PGA Championship weekend. The Tokyo Olympics run from July 24-Aug. 9.
Though several top men’s golfers skipped the Rio Olympics, there was little talk that it was due to a pair of majors being played in July (the British Open and PGA Championship).
Still, the PGA seems to be making the Olympic movement a priority.
“To truly make it work, to make it succeed and to make sure golf is in the Olympics for the next century, the whole schedule needs to be adjusted,” Bevacqua said, according to the report.Follow @nzaccardi