US PGA Championship: American Major Possibly Heading Overseas In 2020
The PGA of America is considering staging the US PGA Championship outside of the United States shortly after 2019.
A report published in Golf Digest reveals that a committee is currently studying the impact of holding the major championship around the world, with the earliest possible date set in 2020.
Last month the 2019 US PGA Championship was awarded to Bethpage Black.
PGA of America chief executive officer Pete Bevacqua told the magazine: "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.
"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.’ ”