US PGA Championship could be hosted abroad

PGA Championship could be abroad
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Golf's fourth Major, the US PGA Championship, could be hosted away from the United States "once or twice" a decade.

The US PGA Championship could be staged away from the United States in a bid to grow the game abroad.

The PGA of America is reportedly considering an international fourth Major of the year "once or twice a decade", with the earliest possible date being 2020 as last year Bethpage Black, pictured, was awarded the 2019 event.

PGA of America chief executive officer Pete Bevacqua told Golf Digest: "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 co-operation 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."

Three of golf's four Majors are held in America, the US Masters, US Open and US PGA, with the other, The Open, being held in the United Kingdom.

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