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How 2016 Olympics will affect golf’s majors (video)

Ted Bishop

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 10: John Hopkins of Wales receives the PGA of America Lifetime Achievement Award from Ted Bishop the President of the PGA of America during the 41st Annual Awards Dinner of the Golf Writers Association of America at The Savannah Rapids Pavillion during the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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It’s early August, which in golf means it’s PGA Championship week. That will change in 2016.

Golf returns to the Olympics in Rio in 2016, when the Games run from Aug. 5-21. The PGA Championship will be held at Baltustrol in New Jersey in three years, but it likely won’t be in August, PGA of America president Ted Bishop told Golf Channel.

“We haven’t set a date yet for 2016, but I doubt very seriously if it would be after Labor Day,” he said. “I would think that what you’re going to see in 2016 probably would be a sliding forward of the majors. I think the discussions we’ve had would be if the PGA Championship would probably take place some time in late July, a couple of weeks after the Open Championship.”

The Olympic golf tournaments will include 60 men and 60 women in an individual 72-hole stroke-play format. For the men, the top 15 players in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) will earn automatic spots up to four players for one nation. The remaining spots are filled by the remaining nations receiving two spots per gender, again using the OWGR.

Ty Votaw, vice president of the International Golf Federation, also provided an update on the Rio golf course, the specifics of the tournament and more.

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