2016 PGA Championship may alter date due to Olympic Games


SANDWICH, England – Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews chief executive Peter Dawson, instrumental in the push to have golf included in the 2016 Olympic Games, confirmed on Wednesday that the dates of the ’16 Games will require modifications to the current competitive calendar.

The Rio de Janeiro Games will be played Aug. 5-21, which would normally be in direct conflict with the PGA Championship, which is traditionally held the second week of August.

“There will be some modifications in dates to both major championships and tour events that year,” Dawson said at Royal St. George’s.

The 2016 PGA is scheduled to be played at Baltusrol in New Jersey, but Kerry Haigh, the association’s managing director of championships, confirmed via email that they are “still working on dates.”

Ty Votaw, the PGA Tour’s executive vice president for communications and international affairs, also confirmed via email, “The dates for the Olympics have been set. Where the men's and women's golf competitions will be within those dates haven't been set.”

Dawson said all of the game’s ruling bodies “have a plan” to deal with whatever scheduling issues arise because of the Games, but declined to give specific details.

“It’s not for me to announce that plan here,” he said.