Olympics throw wrench into golf schedule

August, 7, 2014

On Wednesday, the PGA of America announced the dates for the 2016 PGA Championship, moving the tournament into late July in order to accommodate golf's inclusion in the Olympic Games in Rio.

The PGA will take place July 28-31, with the Olympic opening ceremonies scheduled for Aug. 5. The men's Olympic 72-hole golf tournament is expected to be played the following week, perhaps starting Wednesday, Aug. 10.

Golf's return to the Olympics after 100 years has presented some logistical issues for the majors and the PGA Tour. The Open Championship at Royal Troon will take place just two weeks prior to the PGA, meaning either the Canadian Open or WGC-Bridgestone will have to move.

It is unclear if any PGA Tour golf can take place in the week prior to or after the Olympics, but the FedEx Cup playoffs must be squeezed in following and then the Ryder Cup. The PGA on Thursday announced the dates for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in Minnesota as Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

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ESPN Senior Writer