PGA Merchandise Show will return to being an in-person event in 2022

"The 2022 PGA Show will play an especially important role in helping the industry and PGA Professionals move forward from the pandemic."

PGA Merchandise Show will return to being an in-person event in 2022

Like many things in early 2021, the annual PGA Merchandise Show was forced to go virtual because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In late January, the idea of encouraging 20,000-30,000 from all over the United States to travel and descend on Orlando to attend an indoor trade show wasn’t safe or feasible.

However, the PGA of America and Reed Exhibitions, the organizations that host the show, announced on Monday morning that the 2022 show will be an in-person gathering. It will take place January 25-28 at the Orange County Convention Center and Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge.

Jim Richerson, the president of the PGA of America, said, “The 2022 PGA Show will play an especially important role in helping the industry and PGA Professionals move forward from the pandemic, capitalizing on the growing interest in the sport and uncovering new tools to improve the grassroots golf experience.”

Richerson added that decreased attendance at the show is expected, with some PGA of America members, industry insiders and media members still electing not to travel. However, a recent survey of potential attendees found that 70 percent of PGA professionals and top buyers currently plan to attend the 2022 PGA Show, with another 19 percent planning to decide as the show’s date gets closer.

“The 2022 PGA Show will continue to be the largest annual gathering of our membership with thousands of PGA Professionals and top buyers experiencing first-hand the innovative offerings from more than 650 golf brands,” Richerson said.

Coming on the heels of a historically good 2020 golf season, 2021 has been another fantastic year for the golf industry, which oddly is a double-edge sword of the PGA Show.

On the positive side, golf’s popularity is booming. People are taking lessons, tee time sheets are filled across the county and manufacturers are seeing record sales too.

However, several categories are struggling with supply chain issues, especially grips and some popular shafts. Orders that used to be fulfilled in a week or two now take months. For those reasons, as well the continued concern for the safety of their employees and the cost of traveling with scores of people, several major manufacturers have not yet committed to attending the 2022 PGA Merchandise Show. Final decisions from some of the largest brands are expected to be announced in the next week or two.

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Shanks and quads: Collin Morikawa, Phil Mickelson provide relatable moments this weekend

Major champions aren’t immune to the rare bad shot. Just ask Phil Mickelson and Collin Morikawa.

Shanks and quads: Collin Morikawa, Phil Mickelson provide relatable moments this weekend

Collin Morikawa lacked his A-game at the Zozo Championship last week, but his T-7 finish was good enough to boost him one spot in the Official World Golf Ranking to a career-best No. 2, vaulting over Dustin Johnson and now is only looking up at Jon Rahm.

The two-time major champion and reigning “Champion Golfer of the Year” as the British Open winner seems destined to get to the top of the mountain before too long. But major champions aren’t immune to the rare bad shot. They can look like you and me from time to time – and even laugh about it. On Saturday, in Japan, Morikawa had a relatable moment.

“I did something in my career that I haven’t done yet,” he said after his third round. “I don’t think many people know this. I was in the middle of the fairway on 6, the par 5, and shanked a pitching wedge straight in the trees.”

Oh, no, he didn’t! The sweetest swinger of the irons in the game hit a hosel rocket? We need video proof.

“Really good way to start the day after being 1 under through five,” he said facetiously. “I really had no clue where the ball was going to go, I was kind of just trying to make contact.”

No clue where the ball is going? Just trying to make contact? So relatable, Collin, I feel you. Here’s the difference between Morikawa’s muffed shot and the one’s by Joe Hacker at the local muni: Morikawa still managed to shoot 67.

Morikawa wasn’t the only major winner from this year to experience a brain fart last weekend. At the PGA Tour Champions’ Dominion Energy Charity Classic, Phil Mickelson, the reigning PGA Championship winner, had a case of the quads. His quadriceps were activating and surely he didn’t miss “leg day,” but the 547-yard par-5 ninth hole kept kicking his butt. Mickelson did birdie the hole in his opening round Friday, but on Saturday he pumped not one, but two drives out of bounds and made a quadruple-bogey 9. As Yogi Berra would say, it was déjà vu all over on Sunday – another nine on nine. Mickelson, who has been cleaning up on the senior circuit with three wins in his first four starts, got whipped by ageless wonder Bernhard Langer and finished T-47.

It created a moment of schadenfreude that some social media critics couldn’t help but ignore.

Nine on nine is also very relatable. Good to see Mickelson able to poke some fun at himself. Imagine that’s a lot easier to do when the Wanamaker Trophy is resting on your mantel.

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