SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – The PGA Championship won’t be announcing anytime soon that it’s taking its major abroad.
“I would say for the moment it’s on the backburner,” PGA chief executive officer Pete Bevacqua said Wednesday at Whistling Straits.
Two years ago, Bevacqua acknowledged the PGA was investigating the possibility of taking the major outside the United States. Former PGA president Ted Bishop went a step further, saying he thought Royal Portrush in Ireland would be “a good place to start” overseas.
The PGA Championship has been played in the United States since its inception in 1916.
Bevacqua said Wednesday his organization is balancing its role serving its 28,000 members with its role growing the game.
“Have we talked and done an analysis of an international PGA Championship? Absolutely,” Bevacqua said. “We have learned some very interesting lessons from that, both positives and negatives, as you can imagine. I would say for the moment it's on the back burner. It’s certainly not forgotten. It’s something we'll always consider.”
Gary Player wasn’t happy to hear the PGA’s update.
What a shame that the leadership @PGA_com lack the vision & foresight to take the championship abroad to grow the game & golfers everywhere.— Gary Player (@garyplayer) August 12, 2015