The move is part of a long-term plan that involves a major shift in the golf calendar, including The Players Championship going back to its March date.
The catalyst behind the movement was golf’s return to the Olympics, along with the PGA Tour’s desire to wrap up its FedEx Cup before football season begins.
One official said two traditional sites — Whistling Straits in Wisconsin and Hazeltine in Minnesota — would not be able to host a Pga Championship in May.
The Players Championship, traditionally held in March two weeks before the Masters, moved to May in 2007 to get away from the biggest major of the year and create a sequence of big events through the summer.
By going back to March, and creating space for the PGA Championship in May, it allows the tour to end its season around Labor Day instead of late September when the NFL is in full swing.
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