PGA Championship exploring holding tournament outside US
Japan? Australia? Canada? Will any of these countries host a PGA Championship in the next 20 years? According to the PGA of America, they might.
The Masters has, well, everything. The US Open has its reputation as "golf's toughest test," the British Open is the oldest major, and what does the PGA Championship lean on as its hook, it's "thing"?
Until now it always sold itself as "the deepest field in golf" but according to this report in Golf Digest, PGA of America leadership is looking into the idea of pushing the PGA Championship outside the US "once or twice a decade."
It would be a bold considering how many partners are involved with a tournament such as this and PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua said its far from a done deal.
"This is an exercise we are going through, an analysis. It is far from a fait accompli that we are going to take the PGA Championship international."
The PGA Championship is latched on to American soil through 2019 at least as it was announced in September that Bethpage Black would host that year's tournament.
I think this would be a pretty great thing for the PGA Championship -- can you imagine a major in Mexico, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, or Canada? All of those countries have courses inside the top 50 of any list of "best courses outside the US" and would be, I'm sure, thrilled to take on the PGA.
I'm with Bevacqua though, you have to do it the right way and think things through before you start setting sail for wherever and pitching a major.
He noted that it's important to consider every option.
"We need to push ourselves to think outside the box," Bevacqua said. "What I have said internally is, 'Shame on us if we don't consider it and go through the exercise.' "
I think what they find will be a great new branding idea for this tournament and a golf community excited about the prospect.
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