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PGA moves championship to May starting in 2019; Kiawah 2021 tourney affected

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The 2021 PGA Championship scheduled to take place at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort has been moved from August to May as a result of a schedule change by the PGA of America and the PGA Tour.

The PGA Championship, which had been the last golf major of the season since 1972, will be played the week before Memorial Day starting in 2019, making it the second golf major of the season.

The 2012 PGA Championship, held at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, was in August. PGA of America and the PGA Tour are moving the tournament to May as of 2019, which will affect the 2021 tournament, also to be held at Kiawah. (Photo/Beverly Barfield)Pete Bevacqua, CEO of the PGA of America, said the scheduling decision was the result of an analysis beginning in 2013 that included “an extensive list of factors,” including the fact that the PGA Championship has had to move every four years for the Olympic Games.

“In weighing the complex evolution of the golf calendar, the PGA of America’s key objectives were to promote the best interests of our signature spectator championship; do what is best for the game and its great players; and find the most advantageous platform to fulfill our mission of serving our nearly 29,000 PGA professionals and growing the game,” Bevacqua said in a statement.

The schedule change also moves The Players Championship, which had been played in May since 2007, to March beginning in 2019. The Players Championship is played at The Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort last hosted the PGA Championship in 2012, when it was won by Rory McIlroy. The course has also hosted the Ryder Cup in 1991 and the Senior PGA Championship in 2007.

Reach Patrick Hoff at 843-849-3144.

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