New York: The Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, New York, will host the 2019 US PGA Championship and the 2024 Ryder Cup, organisers said yesterday.
PGA of America president Ted Bishop made the announcement during a news conference at Bethpage State Park which New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also attended.
“It is exciting that both the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup will come to New York, which is home to some of the most passionate and knowledgeable sports fans in the world,” Bishop said.
The PGA of America president added: “How fitting it is that we will be taking two of golf’s premier events to a state that was the site of our first PGA Championship and to a spectacular course whose design was influenced by one of golf’s most accomplished architects and a friend of the PGA of America.”
Bethpage Black, which staged the US Open in 2002 and 2009, opened for play in 1936 and was designed by renowned architect Albert Warren Tillinghast, who has also created Baltusrol, Winged Foot and the San Francisco Golf Club.
Tillinghast was a guest at an exploratory meeting of the PGA of America in January 1916, and the governing body was officially formed three months later.
Bethpage Black became the first truly public golf course to hold the US Open in 2002, and seven years later it again hosted the second of the season’s four major championships.
It also staged The Barclays tournament, the first of the PGA Tour’s four lucrative FedExCup playoffs events, in 2012.
In 2024, Bethpage Black will become only the second venue in New York to stage the Ryder Cup, emulating Oak Hill Country Club’s East Course in Pittsford which was the venue for the 1995 Ryder Cup.
Bethpage Black is a par-71 layout which measures 7,468 yards off the back tees, and was the longest course ever to hold the US Open in 2002.
Meanwhile, Tiger Woods leads the 30-man list who qualified for next week’s Tour Championship in Atlanta following yesterday’s final round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Illinois.
The Tour Championship is one of the final events of the PGA Tour.
Brandt Snedeker of the US is the current champion at East Lake Golf Club.
The world number one finished seven shots behind overall winner and compatriot Zach Johnson.
List of the 30 men: Henrik Stenson (Sweden), Masters champion Adam Scott, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Steve Stricker, Graham DeLaet (Canada), Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose (Britain), Brandt Snedeker, Jim Furyk, Nick Watney, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day (Australia), Hunter Mahan, Keegan Bradley, Gary Woodland, Bill Haas, Kevin Streelman, Jason Dufner, Webb Simpson, Billy Horschel, Charl Schwartzel (South Africa), Roberto Castro, Sergio Garcia (Spain), Boo Weekley, Brendon de Jonge (Zimbabwe), DA Points, Luke Donald (Britain), Dustin Johnson. AGENCIES