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2020 PGA Championship Postponed

Event to be rescheduled for later this summer at TPC Harding Park

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA (March 17, 2020) – The PGA of America today announced that the 2020 PGA Championship, scheduled for TPC Harding Park in San Francisco from May 11-17, has been postponed.

“Throughout our evaluation process, we have been committed to following the guidance of public health authorities and given the coronavirus shelter-in-place order in effect in San Francisco, postponement is the best decision for all involved,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh.

“This is a reflection of a thoughtful process,” Waugh added. “We are and have been working in concert with Commissioner Jay Monahan and our partners and friends at the PGA TOUR to find an alternative date that works for all. We are all very hopeful for a great outcome.

“We are also in dialogue with Mayor Breed and her team at the City of San Francisco and look forward to hopefully bringing the 2020 PGA Championship to TPC Harding Park at a date this summer when it is once again safe and responsible to do so.”

Media Contact:
John Dever, PGA of America, jdever@pgahq.com, 561-360-9138

PGA of America Postpones 2020 PGA Professional Championship

If the PGA Championship is played as currently scheduled (May 11-17), the 20 PGA Club Professionals in the field would be based on the Top 20 eligible players listed in the final 2019 PGA Professional Player of the Year standings. Click here to view the list.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA (March 16, 2020) – The PGA of America today announced the postponement of the 2020 PGA Professional Championship, which was to have been played April 26-29 at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas.

The decision to postpone was made following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) March 15 recommendation not to hold gatherings of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks.

The PGA is unable to reschedule the PPC at this time due to the rapidly-evolving COVID-19 public health threat. Further information on a new date will be shared as it becomes available.

While no decision has been made concerning the upcoming 2020 PGA Championship (May 11-17 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco), PGA of America leadership remains in close coordination and communication with representatives from San Francisco and the state of California, evaluating plans on an ongoing basis with the health and well-being of all involved as the highest priority.

If the PGA Championship is played as currently scheduled, the 20 PGA Club Professionals in the field would be based on the Top 20 eligible players listed in the final 2019 PGA Professional Player of the Year standings.

Media Contact:

John Dever, PGA of America, jdever@pgahq.com, 561-360-9138

PGA of America Debuts New PGA.com to Enhance Connection Between PGA Professionals and Consumers

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. –  The PGA of America has launched a newly reimagined PGA.com to connect consumers with PGA Professionals. The redesigned site, which is now managed in-house by the PGA, focuses on the journey a golfer takes to begin or improve his or her game, no matter their skill level.

PGA.com and its affiliated championship sites will also continue to provide coverage of prominent events, such as the PGA Championship, Ryder Cup, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. However, an important emphasis of PGA.com will be on the opportunities enabled by enhancing the coach-consumer relationship.

“PGA.com is designed to bring to life the special relationship between PGA Professionals and consumers through coaching and other consumer-focused services, with a vision that ‘your best golf is ahead of you,’” said PGA Interactive General Manager Rob Smith. “There are so many ways in which a journey in golf can positively impact your life. Our job is to identify the best ways to connect with PGA Professionals across all aspects of the game, beginning with coaching.”

An important shift in the new PGA.com site will be speaking through the voice of the PGA Professional. On the site, PGA Professionals will be featured prominently and given the opportunity to provide exclusive content to engage consumers, including first-person feature articles, videos and advice to help golfers with various aspects of the game and the golf lifestyle.

In the second phase of the launch, scheduled for later this year, consumers will be able to easily search for PGA Professionals who have completed both their American Development Model for Golf (ADM) training available on PGA.Coach and a detailed PGA.com coach profile. ADM utilizes long-term athlete development and quality coaching concepts to promote sustained physical activity, athlete safety and age-appropriate growth. PGA.com is designed to help these coaches establish a relationship with new golfers and then build upon that connection, to give consumers the resources they need to achieve their goals.

“The PGA of America is committed to the future of coaching through the American Development Model for Golf,” said PGA President Suzy Whaley. “As we look to transition the industry from a transaction against a lesson to the lifetime value in a coaching relationship, PGA.com is being architected to facilitate the digital evolution of coaching.”

“The connection that consumers and coaches will be able to make through PGA.com is invaluable, as golf brings people together,” explains Trillium Rose, Chair of the PGA of America’s Coaching and Player Development Committee. “Our mission is to help golfers navigate their golf journey, so they can take it as far as they want to go. I strongly encourage PGA Members to complete their ADM training and their coach profiles, in order to create an affinity with golfers of all skill levels who wish to improve their game.”

In the Fall, the PGA is also scheduled to launch the first version of its B2B marketplace for PGA and LPGA Teaching Professionals. This marketplace will be the official platform to connect coaches with the best products, services and technology in the business.

“Every year, for a week in January, the golf industry gathers under the PGA brand in Orlando,” noted Jeff Price, Chief Commercial Officer for the PGA of America. “Going forward, our vision is to enhance connectivity between PGA Professionals and industry partners through a dynamic digital marketplace 365 days a year.”

PGA.com is currently vetting potential platform partners for activation within the PGA’s coach-consumer roadmap. This will include solutions that support coaches directly; solutions targeted primarily for consumers to help them start and engage more fully with the game; and other solutions designed to positively support coach-consumer engagement.

The PGA of America partnered with global experience agency Huge on the strategy, creative, and technical execution of the new PGA.com.

For platform inquiries, please contact Jon Colclasure, PGA of America Director of Platform Engagement, at jcolclasure@pgahq.com.

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Michael Abramowitz   PGA of America   561/624-8458 mabramowitz@pgahq.com