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The PGA Championship was a match play event prior to 1958. It is now the only major without a gimmick beyond the fact that club professionals qualify to play in the event and shoot 83. This year’s story was equal parts Rory McIlroy trouncing the field and bad weather trouncing everyone. Had the rains not come and the winds not blown after the first day, McIlroy could have finished at -26 rather than -13 (remember, McIlroy was -5 after the opening round). That’s not a major championship setup.
Over the last 10 years, the winning score has been, on average, nearly -10. Again, not appropriate for a major.
The Masters is, well, the Masters, and the Open Championship is a links style challenge rich in tradition. And if the U.S. Open is the ultimate test of a golfer’s ability to manage a course and execute shots, then the PGA Championship is like the scrawny younger brother of the that tournament. To distinguish itself, the PGA Championship should revert to a match play format.