PGA, Players to alter dates; 'dominoes' to fall

PGA, Players to alter dates; 'dominoes' to fall

3 - years since McIlroy won his second US PGA Championship - his most recent major win.

"The Associated Press has learned the PGA Championship is moving to May for the first time in 70 years when it goes to Bethpage Black in NY in 2019", the report said. Rounds of 67, 69 left him tied for third on four under at halfway with world No 2 Hideki Matsuyama and Zach Johnson, who won the Open Rory sat out in 2015. Jordan Spieth won the Open and PGA in the same year, but it's not as rare as it might seem.

Since the 1950's, the PGA Championship has been the final major of the year, but from 2019 that's about to change.

Kiwi Danny Lee tees off with Marc Leishman (Australia) and Indian star Anirban Lahiri.

The switch to May will ripple through the global golf calendar, not least reshuffling the order in which the four men's majors are held.

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" It used to be you got through the first five holes here at one or two under par and that was a decent start", McIlroy added.

Defending PGA Champion Jimmy Walker didn't see the move as a huge deal, but - like the others before him - was certainly appreciative of the spacing out of big events. I played it a long time ago before they lengthened it and changed it. The 28-year-old native of Northern Ireland previously won it in 2012 and 2014, and he is coming off a fifth-place finish at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational after finishing fourth at the British Open. Don't expect a win (or even a top 10), but he's 13-for-14 in made cuts in 2017.

"I think for Jordan this week he's going to have to put that [winning the grand slam] in the back of his mind and concentrate on the golf course, and if anybody can do it in the game it's Jordan".

BROOKS KOEPKA: He's at home on big, muscular golf courses, and he loves playing major championships, as his record shows. "I think from our perspective I don't really mind whether we're the third major or the fourth major". Fitzgerald may not have been the problem, and the timing is a bit curious, but sometimes a change of any sort can get a player thinking about each shot again, and get them back on the right track. I think it would be pretty great if he could grab two majors in the same year after going so long without.

The major, which began as a match-play event in 1916 and became a stroke-play tournament in 1958, has been contested in July or August every year except from 1971, when it was staged in February.