Major at Muirfield? Jack Says Maybe

There have been recent talks by the PGA Tour of moving the PGA Championship from August to May, and the PLAYERS from May to March, to accommodate an end to the season of around Labor Day.

 
The new Tour commissioner, Jay Monahan, has said he “would like to see it happen,” and if it does, it opens up the possibility of some major venues we’ve not seen before.

One of those venues could be Muirfield Village, according to Memorial Tournament founder and host Jack Nicklaus.

Bullets

  • The PGA Championship is currently the fourth and final major of the year.
  • The Memorial Tournament Presented by Nationwide has been held in May every year since 1976.
  • The PGA Championship was played in late July last year, to accommodate golf’s return to the Olympic Games.
  • Nicklaus has previously spoken positively about the potential PGA Championship move to May.
  • If Muirfield Village does end up hosting the PGA, The Memorial would either get moved to a different course or just get skipped that year.
  • Muirfield Village has hosted both the Ryder Cup (1987) and the Presidents Cup (2013).

Quotable

“If we took a year off The Memorial Tournament. I’m not sure I’d want to do that or not. I’m not sure that’s what we want for our brand, our tournament. But whatever is best for the game of golf and however it works, I’m more than happy to about it and try to do it.”
Jack Nicklaus

Joel Cook

Joel Cook is Pro Golf Weekly's Lead Writer. He is a member of the Golf Writer's Association of America.



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