Australia could host PGA Championship major

Last updated 11:44 17/10/2013

Relevant offers

Golf

Lydia Ko celebrates turning 18 with even par in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic Lydia Ko holds Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic first round lead Michael Hendry drifts down leaderboard at China Open Tiger Woods commits to next month's Players Championship Australian Unho Park tames strong winds to lead in Indonesia Frenchman Julien Quesne goes low as wind eases in Shanghai Doug Holloway, Keh charge into lead at Akarana Open FootGolf saving struggling US golf courses Thomas Bjorn shines in first round in Indonesia Kiwi golfer Michael Hendry off to good start at Volvo China Open

Australia could potentially host a golfing major championship in the future if mooted plans to take the US PGA Championship global come to fruition.

According to a Golf World report in the USA, the fourth major of every year, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2016, may be played outside the United States sometime in the next decade.

This would give Australia's best courses, like Royal Melbourne who will host the World Cup in November, a chance to play host to one of the biggest events in the sport.

According to the report a committee is already working out the pros and cons of such a move.

"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," PGA of America chief executive Pete Bevacqua told Golf World.

"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 cooperation 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."

With venues and television commitments already secured through to 2019, the earliest an international venue could be considered is 2020.

Bevacqua added there was no timetable for a decision and no specific part of the world under consideration.

"We need to push ourselves to think outside the box," he said.

"What I have said internally is, 'Shame on us if we don't consider it and go through the exercise'."

Ad Feedback

- AAP

Special offers
Opinion poll

If she is able to, when do you expect Lydia Ko to win her first major?

Next year, she's so close

She's still working towards it, within three years

It may be longer than we think, within five years

The expectation might be too much, maybe never

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content