Why attend the 2019 PGA Championship?
The 101st PGA Championship will be hosted in 2019 by Bethpage Black Course on Long Island, New York. Contrary to its history as the third major of the PGA calendar, the 2019 tournament marks the first year that the championship will be hosted May 13-19, making it the second major of the year. This places the tournament five weeks after the Masters Tournament and five weeks before the U.S. Open.
Golf fans attending the 2019 PGA Championship will not only get four great days of competitive play, but they will get to experience Farmingdale, New York and the town of Oyster Bay in Nassau County. The town is rich with history, including the former residence of Theodore Roosevelt that is now a museum known as Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park.
Visitors can see the PGA Championship practice rounds on May 13th through 15th. While many fans love to watch the four match days, the three practice rounds offer golf lovers the chance to get up close to PGA pros. Fewer people means fans won't have to fight with the crowds to see the best tee off. Practice rounds are also great for getting autographs or selfies with the players.
BETHPAGE BLACK COURSE
Though this is the first year the Bethpage Black Course will host the PGA Championship, it is no stranger to golf majors. The Black Course became the first publicly owned and operated course to host the U.S. Open in 2002 and has also hosted the Northern Trust, which it is scheduled to host again in the future. Opened in 1936, the course is the most difficult of the five courses at Bethpage State Park and is currently ranked #5 on Golf Digest’s America’s 20 Toughest Golf Courses. The esteemed course is also one of the featured courses in the EA Sports video games Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12. The golfer who can best navigate the Black Course at the 2019 championship and outlast 155 other players will win a piece of $10 million purse and of course, the Wanamaker Trophy.
PGA CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
Golfers at the PGA Championship in 2019 will compete for the Wanamaker Trophy. The idea for the tournament was created by department store owner Rodman Wanamaker. The idea behind the tournament was to see which professional player was the best of the best. While the Masters has the smallest field and the US Open is a combined amateur-professional golf tournament, the PGA Championship is solely for PGA pros. The original tournament format saw golfers participate in match play. However, in 1958 the tournament became stroke play, which continues to this day.
The PGA Championship has regularly thrown up surprises at the end of the golf season. The 2017 edition saw Justin Thomas walk away with the Wanamaker Trophy. It was Thomas' first ever major title victory. Thomas went on to win the PGA's FedEx Championship and the PGA Player of the Year award. Without his success at the PGA Championship, Thomas may not have claimed the other two trophies. This season could once again inspire a player to even more success.
Visitors to the 2019 PGA Championship will see the start of a new era, as the tournament is played in May for the first time. It will be a great week of PGA play, and fans can experience one of the world's top golf events and the great Long Island all at the same time.