PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Glory’s Last Shot?
The tag line for the PGA Championship is now much simpler: The Season’s Final Major.
PGA of America president Ted Bishop explained the change Wednesday at Oak Hill, saying it was a request from the PGA Tour.
The PGA first asked the Tour to consider a schedule change in 2014 – the FedEx Cup playoffs to be played in four consecutive weeks, allowing a week off before the Ryder Cup in Scotland.
In exchange, however, the Tour asked the PGA to consider dropping the tag line Glory’s Last Shot.
“(Commissioner Tim Finchem) was very provocative and emphasized the fact that the PGA Championship is the strongest field in major golf, that it stands on its own merits, and that there was golf that was played after the PGA Championship,most notably the FedEx Cup,” Bishop said. “I think that we feel that our championship does stand on its own merits and there is other golf that’s played after this championship, albeit not major golf.”
PGA CEO Pete Bevacqua said his organization had previously had “internal conversations” about changing the tag line, then reached out to its broadcast partner, CBS. “It was three entities that all quickly came to the same conclusion that, you know what, there’s just not much in that tag line and we don’t feel it’s doing much for the PGA Championship, so let’s not stick with it. Let’s think what else is out there.”
The Season’s Final Major it is, then.