It might take a little getting used to, but this is the year that golf’s Major-championship schedule undergoes a significant change. As part of numerous modifications to the tour schedule, the US PGA Championship moves from its traditional August dates with a visit to Bethpage State Park’s Black course in New York from May 16-19, followed by conventional timing for the US Open in June and the Open Championship in July. It’s not like the PGA isn’t used to change: over the years, the championship has been played in every month except January, March and April.

US PGA Championship Bethpage Black Course

Lush and luscious: Bethpage Black’s par-4 18th is 376 metres (411 yards), the same length it was for the 2009 US Open.

Brooks Koepka, who held off Tiger Woods last year at Bellerive, is the defending champion, and Woods will be attempting to match Walter Hagen and Jack Nicklaus by taking the Wanamaker Trophy for the fifth time. Woods hasn’t won the PGA since  going back-to-back at Medinah and Southern Hills in 2006 and 2007, but he did win the 2002 US Open at Bethpage Black.

There’s more to come at Bethpage: the Ryder Cup comes to the Black in 2024.