Like: The news that the PGA Championship is going to Harding Park, San Francisco’s top public course, in 2020. After avoiding daily fee tracks for 40 years, the PGA will now be played at two in a row—Bethpage Black in 2019 and then Harding. More important—for TV viewers on the East Coast who like to watch their majors in prime time—this will mean three straight years of California venues, with US Opens (at Pebble Beach in ’19 and Torrey Pines in ’21) sandwiching the PGA at Harding.
Don’t Like: The continuing talk about moving the PGA overseas. Those in favor apparently seek two things 1) a more distinct character and thus more recognition for the fourth major and 2) increased income from an Olympics-style bidding process among nations. I can’t fault them for wanting either of those things, just think the PGA of America should hold its championship in America. And as for the potential TV viewing times of an overseas telecast—don’t get me started.
By: George Peper