The final major of the season the PGA Championship is being talked about being held overseas. And that may come to sight sooner rather than later.
Golf World reported that the
PGA of America is conducting an internal study to determine if it would be
viable to take the PGA Championship overseas sometime in the next
"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," said PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua according to the report.
"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."
Host sites for the PGA Championship
have been confirmed through 2019, when the season's fourth major will head to
Bethpage Black as announced last month. Interim venues are concentrated along
the East Coast and Midwest: Valhalla Golf Club (2014), Whistling Straits (2015),
Baltusrol (2016, when the event will move to late July due to the 2016
Olympics), Quail Hollow Club (2017) and Bellerive Country Club
According to the report, Bevacqua acknowledges that "many
pieces would have to fall in place" for the season's fourth major to be held
abroad and reiterated that the 20 spots in the 156-man field currently held for
PGA club professionals would remain unchanged regardless of
"We need to push ourselves to think outside the box,"
Bevacqua noted, adding that no timetable exists for a decision. "What I have
said internally is, 'Shame on us if we don't consider it and go through the