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Bethpage Black To Host 2019 PGA Championship & 2024 Ryder Cup?
A Golfweek report this week has hinted strongly that Bethpage Black, one of America’s most revered public courses, will host the 2019 PGA Championship, and the 2024 Ryder Cup.
The Long Island, New York, based course has twice hosted the U.S Open, once in 2002 when Tiger Woods prospered, and then again in 2009 where Lucas Glover took the spoils winning his first major title.
The deal to bring both events to Bethpage is not yet agreed or confirmed, though an announcement is expected imminently, and it’s clear that the powers that be in American golf are excited about bringing two of the biggest events to the Big Apple.
Another sweetener in the deal would be the opportunity for American golfing legend Phil Mickelson to captain the side in front of an adoring New York crowd in 2024, adding to the atmosphere and hopefully, from an American perspective, inspiring their troops to victory.
Who’s to say though that Mickelson won’t still be good enough playing in the U.S Ryder Cup team come 2024, and would this perhaps present the opportunity for Phil to see in a return to the days of player-captains in world golf’s biggest team event?
With this sort of intrigue already in the offing 11 years ahead of the tournament you can see then why Bethpage would make a great Ryder Cup venue, and knowing how good a course it is there is no reason why it wouldn’t do a top-notch job of hosting the PGA too.
All that is left is to wait for an announcement in the very near future to confirm the news.