Why The PGA Championship Should Go Back to Match Play

Every year one of my favorite tournaments to tune into is the World Match Play and I bet I'm not one of the only ones who loves it. I even put it ahead of the PGA Championship in tournaments that I just can't wait to tune in for. Many years ago during the Hogan, Snead, and Nelson era the PGA Championship was a match play event. I bet that was amazing having one of our 4 majors a match play event. The PGA needs to look into going back to this format to build some hype for the last major of the season. Let's face it, everyone loves the Masters, there is just something so exclusive about it and the history of the green jacket, champions dinner, and champions locker room. It is like our private club championship of the world. Then we have the US Open which is always a gritty tournament where the USGA sets up the course unbelievably hard and we get to watch the best players in the world shoot scores that we are accustom to shooting ourselves. The Open Championship is the tournament that just flat out represents golf and it's history. The oldest championship in the world played on some of the oldest and most historical tracks. The PGA Championship, well you get what I am getting at. It's good, but is it really that much different than the Players Championship? Tour players have become so good that the added element of club pros qualifying to play really doesn't bring anything to the table. When is the last time a club pro actually contended? Not in my lifetime that I can remember. The PGA Championship needs desperately to go back to match play. It would help separate it from the first 3 majors. Something to look forward to in the late summer for the viewer because right now it just feels like another tournament. It probably won't happen but a golf enthusiast can dream. What do you guys think?


Maxton Reinland
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Max Levitch
Max Levitch

July 01, 2015

I love the idea and have felt the same thing for a while. How great would it be to have a field of 224 – 256 PGA Tour Pros and Club Pros compete in the biggest bracket challenge ever assembled? The purest form of the game is match play, it’s what the game was founded on and it would be great to see one of the Majors competed in that fasion

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