Those who aren’t devout golf fans or bettors might be a tad confused that the PGA Championship is this week. The PGA Tour made major changes to its schedule starting for this year, and one of those moves was shifting the PGA Championship from the last major of the year in August to the second in May. It’s the first time the tournament will be held in May since 1949 back when it was a match-play format.
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In addition, it’s the first time that Bethpage State Park’s Black Course on Long Island in New York, considered one of the premier and toughest public courses in America, hosts this tournament. The Black did host the U.S. Open in both 2002 and 2009. The winning scores then were 3-under (Tiger Woods) and 4-under (Lucas Glover), respectively. Probably won’t play quite as tough this week.
The last time Bethpage Black hosted a Tour event was the Barclays in the 2016 FedEx Cup playoffs won by Patrick Reed at 9-under. Like the U.S. Open and British Open, the PGA Championship is played at different venues each year.