PGA Championship organizers ponder an overseas staging

Sat Oct 19, 2013 7:44am EDT
 
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(Reuters) - The PGA Championship, the last of the year's four majors, may be played outside the United States within the next decade, according to Golf World magazine.

PGA Championship organizers have told Golf World that preliminary in-house discussions have been held about the idea, which has already been greeted enthusiastically overseas.

Australia has thrown its hat into the ring as a possible venue, with PGA of Australia executive director Brian Thorburn selling his country's assets - great golf courses and a proven track record of organizing major sporting events.

"We've hosted big American events before, the Presidents Cup in 2011, the World Cup (of golf) this year, who's to say we can't host a major?" Thorburn told reporters at Perth International.

"I'm meeting with Pete (Bevacqua) in six, seven weeks and I'll certainly make him aware that we'd bust our guts to have a crack at hosting it (the PGA Championship) if they went through with it (staging the event overseas)."

PGA of America chief executive Pete Bevacqua told this week's edition of Golf World: "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.

"When we sat down to map our strategic plan ... 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. We would want the international PGAs to be a part of this and share in this. Many pieces would have to fall in place."

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