The PGA championship, golf's most under-appreciated major, is under way again.
The 100th PGA is being held at St. Louis' Bellerive, an obscure course where a couple of majors have taken place.As usual, stories about Tiger Woods and his chances to win another major dominate the golf media.
While golf writers disparage the PGA, I've always had a fondness for it. Begun in 1916, the PGA in its early years was dominated by Walter Hagen, golf's first great professional, little remembered today. While Hagen's not given credit for a career grand slam, he should be: He played in just one Masters, and won tournaments considered major in his day.
The is the last year the tournament will be held in August, ending a long tradition. For golf fans like me, the PGA's August date marked the end of summer, and the arrival soon of fall.
Beginning next year, the PGA will be played in May, immediately after the Masters and before the U.S. Open. The British Open in July will mark the end of the golf majors, giving the statement "the champion golfer of the year" a new relevance.
The golf powers want to give more recognition to the contrived Fed Ex championship, which has gained little popular appeal despite the golf establishment's efforts to pump it up.
This PGA marks another tradition from my childhood changed because of corporate greed.
I won't be following the PGA, or golf too much longer. Trump's involvement with golf has ruined my love for the game going back to childhood. I hate that golf professionals suck up to Trump.
The PGA will be played in 2022 at Trump's Bedminster course in New Jersey. I'll probably be drawn to watch this last August outing, but then I'll say farewell forever.