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Date Changer

Whether you are for or against golf returning to the Olympics in two years, it’s already having an impact on tournament schedules. The PGA of America has confirmed that the 2016 PGA Championship, to be held at Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey (above), will be moved up a week to July 28–31. “We think an end of July date in that part of the country and the major metropolitan area just outside of New York makes a lot of sense,” said Pete Bevacqua, PGA of America CEO. “Less people are on vacation, more people are in town, and we think it will work out as a real benefit to the 2016 PGA Championship.” Sounds good, but it wouldn’t have happened without the Olympics, which take place August 5–21 in Brazil. The change also means there is just one week, rather than two, between that season’s last two majors. While players will likely moan about the condensed 2016 schedule—only 47 days separate the beginning of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club and the end of the PGA Championship, not to mention a Ryder Cup the following month at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota—diehard golf fans should be rejoicing.

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