USPGA Championship could be staged overseas
PGA of America looking at moving event outside US once or twice a decade
The Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, New York will host the 2019 USPGA Championships. Photograph: John Sommers II/Reuters
The PGA of America is considering staging the USPGA Championship, one of golf’s four Majors, outside the United States.
A report in Golf Digest magazine states that a committee is studying the impact of holding the event around the world, with the earliest possible date in 2020. The 2019 championship was awarded to Bethpage Black last month.
“This is an exercise we are going through, an analysis,” PGA of America chief executive officer Pete Bevacqua told Golf Digest.
“It is far from a fait accompli that we are going to take the PGA Championship international.
“When we sat down to map our strategic plan to service our members and grow the game the question arose as to what impact it would have to take the PGA Championship to an international location once or twice a decade.
“It would be something we would only do if we had the co-operation of quite a few groups. It would need to work for the PGA Tour and it would need to work for the PGA Tour players.
“Another would be the PGA in the particular area we would consider. We would want the international PGAs to be a part of this and share in this. Many pieces would have to fall in place.
“We need to push ourselves to think outside the box. What I have said internally is, ‘Shame on us if we don’t consider it and go through the exercise’.”