PGA Championship set to move to May in 2019

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The world’s top golfers are busy preparing for the final major of the season this week as the US PGA Championship begins at Quail Hollow in North Carolina.

But that won’t be the case for much longer as the tournament is set to switch to May in two years' time.

The 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black on New York's Long Island will be held in May for the first time in 70 years after the PGA of America decided to move it.

The move is just one part of a new long-term plan that will also see The Players Championship going back to March, according to several press reports.

The details of the plan, which has apparently been in the works for several years, will be discussed further this week at Quail Hollow, according to sources quoted in the stories.

Changes were needed because of golf’s return to the Olympics and the desire to finish the golf calendar before the NFL season gets underway.

The move will mean the PGA Championship will be the second major after the Masters and before the US Open.

Only two PGA Championships have been held outside August since 1969.

In 1971 it was held in February at PGA National in South Florida, while last year at Baltusrol it was moved to July to avoid clashing with the Rio Olympics.