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September 06, 2013

PGA to move 2016 Championship due to Olympics

Posted at 11:18 AM by Coleman McDowell | Categories: Olympics, PGA Championship

53389131(Phil Mickelson won the 2005 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club, site of the 2016 PGA. Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

If it wasn't already close enough to the British Open, the PGA Championship is moving back into July in 2016. 

Due to golf's return to the 2016 Olympics, the PGA of America will have to vacate its traditional spot in mid-August and move its championship to the final week of July, according to Bloomberg.com.

“I’m 99 percent certain that’s when it will be,” said chief executive officer of the PGA of America Pete Bevacqua.

The 2016 PGA Championship will be hosted at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J, No. 51 on Golf Magazine's Top 100 World Rankings.

“It’s a better time to host a major championship,” he said of the late July date. “More people are around and in the swing of things. Less people are on their summer vacations. We think it’s actually going to work out to our advantage.”

The 2016 Olympics will be held August 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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