Nicklaus raises concerns about shorter major season

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? The next major golf championship is an awfully long way away at the moment.

With the Open Championship finishing at Royal Portrush a couple of weeks back, we now have to wait an incredible nine months before we get to see major championship golf again.

Brooks Kopeka Brooks Koepka with the PGA trophy he won earlier this season when the tournament was moved from August to May (Credit: PGA Tour)

That will be the US Masters, the second week in April.

And if you think that is a Sunday Too Far Away, then it’s hardly surprising that the great Jack Nicklaus agrees with us.

The biggest change this year was moving the US PGA, which is normally the final major of the year, from August to May so that the Masters, the PGA, the US Open and the British Open all took place within a three-and-a-half month stretch.

Sadly, part of the reason for the switch was so that the PGA Tour season could be done and dusted by the time the NFL (American football) season kicked off.

Sure, it meant the majors came and went in a heartbeat and Nicklaus is one who has criticised the change to the schedule.

“I don’t like the new Major schedule, from the stand point that if you have an injury, or if you’re struggling with one tournament, all of a sudden the other one follows too closely, to get it back,” said The Golden Bear.

“I’m not sure that’s really a good thing for the game of golf, to have all your tournaments in about three and a half months.”

“And I don’t think it’s good for the other tournaments on the Tour.”

“The guys have got to skip a lot of tournaments – you saw that this year – guys weren’t playing in between Majors.”

“And I think that’s a shame for the Tour.”

“I know that the almighty dollar is important. But I don’t think it’s so important that you really lose out on the tradition of the great tournaments that have been played for years and years and years.”

Nicklaus was joined by former world No 1 Justin Rose in slamming the new schedule.

“It’s too condensed,” said Rose.

“As a professional, in terms of trying to peak for something, the process that’s involved in trying to do that can be detailed and it can be longer than a month.”

“I think it’s pretty much driven by FedExCup, wanting to finish on a certain date, everything else having to fit in where it can.”

“For me, a Major championship should be the things that are protected the most.”

“That’s how all of our careers ultimately are going to be measured.”