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A new date for PGA on a big Bethpage Black golf course

2 years 1 month 4 days ago Thursday, May 16 2019 May 16, 2019 May 16, 2019 5:21 AM May 16, 2019 in Sports - AP - National

By DOUG FERGUSON
AP Golf Writer

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Tiger Woods goes after his next major on a familiar golf course for a PGA Championship held on an unfamiliar spot on the calendar.

The 101st PGA Championship began Thursday morning on Bethpage Black, the first time it has been held in May since 1949. The public course known as the "people's country club" previously hosted two U.S. Opens.

Rob Labritz, one of 20 club professionals in the 156-man field, hit the opening tee shot under a clearing sky on a course still damp from rain. He sent it well to the right in the rough among the trees.

Woods plays later in the morning with defending champion Brooks Koepka and British Open champion Francesco Molinari. Woods has not played a practice round since nine holes Monday morning.

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