NFPGA MEMBER, ROD PERRY, EARNS HIS WAY INTO THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE REMARKABLE SEVENTH TIME
[KISSIMMEE, FL (AUGUST 3, 2020)] — The PGA of America consists of nearly 29,000 Members and each year, only 20 get the chance to participate in the PGA Championship. North Florida’s very own Rod Perry earned his spot in the field being considered as one of the game’s best professionals. Perry, the Head Golf Professional at Crane Lakes Golf and Country Club in Port Orange, Florida, will be competing in the PGA Championship on August 6th-9th for a remarkable seventh time in his career. The North Florida PGA is honored to call Rod Perry one of its Members and congratulates him on this prestigious accomplishment.
When asked about the truth behind the statement that “The PGA Championship is a big deal to PGA Professionals,” Perry explains the meaning of the statement from his point of view:
“Yeah, it really is. It’s the biggest tournament that our association runs,” states Perry during his interview with Lying Four in 2019. “Of the four majors, we’ve got the PGA Championship being run by the PGA of America, which is our association — it’s the association of working-class golf pros that are in the trenches, serving members, selling tee times, merchandising, teaching, running junior golf programs, doing so many things that golf pros do. And to have the opportunity to step out of that daily routine and get a chance to play in one of the four biggest tournaments in the world in any given year is really important. To have a chance to play against the biggest names in golf — sure, this is my sixth opportunity, but we don’t get that opportunity very often.”
Since its inception in 1916, the PGA Championship has evolved into one of the world’s premier sporting events. Each summer, one of the nation’s leading golf facilities hosts the game’s best professionals as they compete for the Rodman Wanamaker Trophy and a major championship title. The PGA Championship has featured the most players in the Top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings, and has perennially boasted the strongest field in golf. This Championship is one of four majors in men’s professional golf joining The Masters, U.S. Open, and The Open.
"Sports, and particularly the game of golf, are important vehicles for healing and hope,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. “With the help of the City and County of San Francisco, our friends at the PGA TOUR, and our partners CBS Sports and ESPN, we are holding August 3-9 as dates for a rescheduled 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park. "We will continue to follow the guidance of public health officials, but are hopeful that it will be safe and responsible to conduct the PGA Championship in August. With our country going through extremely difficult times, it will be an honor for all of us at the PGA of America to hopefully help turn a page in August with the PGA Championship."
CBS Sports is set to broadcast the PGA Championship and will showcase the Championship in primetime on Saturday, Aug. 8 (4 p.m.-10 p.m. ET) and Sunday, Aug. 9 (3 p.m.-9 p.m. ET). ESPN and ESPN+ will have a combined 12 hours of live coverage each day of the first and second rounds of the Championship on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 6-7, beginning with the first tee shot each day at 10 a.m. ET. ESPN+ will stream live play from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET each day, while live broadcast coverage will continue on ESPN from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. ET. The PGAChampionship.com website and apps will present comprehensive live coverage, with engaging content for all golf and sports fans including: LIVE scoring and leaderboard updates, PGA Championship LIVE on the Range, a LIVE Minute-by-Minute blog that recaps and highlights breaking news and player updates from the course, more than 1,000 automated video shot-by-shot recaps of play from throughout the field, wall-to-wall social media highlights and coverage, and a new virtual Media Hub for credentialed media.