Bethpage Black to Host 2019 PGA Championship, 2024 Ryder CupErik Matuszewski
Bethpage State Park’s Black Course, the public layout on New York’s Long Island that hosted U.S. Open golf tournaments in 2002 and 2009, was picked as the site for the 2019 PGA Championship and the 2024 Ryder Cup.
The announcement from the PGA of America comes more than a month after Jason Dufner’s two-stroke win at this year’s PGA, the last of the season’s four major tournaments, at Oak Hill Country Club outside Rochester, New York.
The Ryder Cup, the men’s biennial team competition between the U.S. and Europe that started in 1927, never has been played on Long Island, which is home to eight clubs in Golf Digest’s list of the top 100 U.S. courses. Bethpage Black, a public course in Farmingdale, New York, ranks 42nd.
“To be able to bring two of the most popular events in golf, two of the most exciting events in sports, to Bethpage State Park, it’s amazing to think about that,” Pete Bevacqua, chief executive officer of the PGA of America, said in a televised news conference. “To combine the energy of the Ryder Cup with the energy of Bethpage State Park, the state of New York and New York sports fans is really exciting.”
Keegan Bradley, the 2011 PGA Championship winner, said on Twitter last month that the Ryder Cup at Bethpage Black “will be insane.” Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champion from Northern Ireland, said on his Twitter feed that the crowds for the event “will be loud and crazy.”
The U.S. Golf Association, which runs the Open, said it didn’t have attendance figures for the tournaments.
Phil Mickelson finished second to Tiger Woods at the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black and has said the crowds at that tournament were louder than just about anything he’s experienced on the U.S. PGA Tour. Last year’s first PGA Tour playoff event, the Barclays, was also played at Bethpage Black.
The PGA Championship hasn’t been held on Long Island since 1939, when it was conducted as a match-play event and Henry Picard needed 37 holes to beat Byron Nelson at the old Pomonok Country Club in Flushing.
“New York and the PGA of America have been intertwined since our founding,” PGA President Ted Bishop said. “This course, this place, this city is going to take the Ryder Cup somewhere it’s never been before.”
Future sites for the PGA Championship had been set through 2018, with Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, hosting next year’s tournament. Other sites are Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, in 2015; Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey, in 2016; Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2017; and Bellerive Country Club in Town and Country, Missouri, in 2018.
The Ryder Cup was last contested in New York in 1995 at Oak Hill, which is about 5 1/2 hours northwest of New York City.