PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla., March 23 (UPI) -- The Players Championship in Florida is posturing for inclusion among golf's four major tournaments by nestling among them with a $25 million makeover.
This week's tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., is the event's 33rd annual, but next year it will be played with a new name, a new date, a new clubhouse and a refurbished course, USA Today reports.
The name will be "The Players" and the date will be in May, positioned between The Masters and the U.S. Open.
Phil Mickelson, the No. 4 player in the world, said he thinks it's a great idea to add a fifth major.
"We'll have the Masters in April, this tournament in May, U.S. Open in June, British in July and PGA in August.
Tom Kite, who has won a U.S. Open and a Players Championship, also welcomed another tournament gaining "major" status.
"I don't know why the number of majors has to be four," Kite said. "There's no reason it can't be five."