It may be a few months late, and in an order we’re not used to, but golf is finally ready to experience its first major championship event of the season.
The 2020 PGA Championship takes place Thursday through Sunday, almost three months after its original mid-May date. The move was necessary, of course, as the sports world struggled to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. That said, the change in date is likely to confuse casual golf fans, especially given that it was traditionally played in August as the fourth and last major of the season before moving to May in May.
The same can probably be said for the rest of the four major events of golf, all of which have postponed their events – one much, much longer than the other.
With that, here is a reminder of when each of the major events of golf will take place this year, as well as their original date before the start of COVID-19:
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When are the Masters in 2020?
- Date: November 12-15
- Place: Augusta National Golf Club
- TV channel: ESPN, CBS
What should be “a tradition like no other” was instead the first major golf championship to postpone its event. The Masters, originally scheduled for April 9-12 as the first major of the season, will now play on November 12 as the third and final golf major of the season. The Augusta National Golf Club will serve as the usual stunning backdrop for The Masters, although it will be interesting to see the event take place in the fall foliage as opposed to the oppressive spring heat in Georgia.
When is the US Open in 2020?
- Date: September 17-20
- Place: Winged Foot golf course
- TV channel: NBC
The US Open, originally scheduled for June 18-21 as the third major of the season, will now serve second after the PGA Championship. The US Open was the last golf major to postpone the event, which will still take place at the Winged Foot Golf Course in Westchester County, NY
When is the PGA Championship in 2020?
- Date: August 6-9
- Place: TPC Harding Park
- TV channels: ESPN, CBS
The PGA Championship will take place Thursday through Sunday as the first of the major golf championships postponed by pandemic. Originally scheduled for May 14-17 as the second major tournament of the year, the PGA Championship instead became the second of the four majors of golf to postpone its event – after the Masters – on March 18. Now nearly three months from the original date, golfers take part in the TPC Harding Course in San Francisco for the venue’s first major championship.
When is the British Open in 2020?
Referring to UK health recommendations, the British Open is the only golf major to cancel its event in 2020 rather than simply postpone it. The weighty decision marks the first time since World War II that The Open – first played in 1860 – has not been played.
“I can assure everyone that we have explored all the options for playing The Open this year, but it will not be possible,” said Martin Slumbers, CEO of R&A, in a statement.
The Open, first scheduled for July 16-19 at the Royal St. George’s Golf Club, will return to that venue in July 2021. It will move to Royal St. Andrew’s in 2022.