It appears one of the more popular major venues may be hosting a pair of golf's marquee events in the coming years.
Located in Long Island, N.Y., Bethpage State Park's Black Course first played host to the U.S. Open in 2002 when Tiger Woods claimed the trophy, then again in 2009 when Lucas Glover emerged victorious. The thought of bringing both significant events to both the venue and the geographic market hold certain appeal, especially for the biennial Ryder Cup where the U.S. would likely hold a distinct home-course advantage in front of rowdy New York crowds.
Another point of intrigue would be the potential for Phil Mickelson to captain the American squad at Bethpage, where he was a runner-up in 2009. Mickelson, who will be 54 years old when the 2024 Ryder Cup rolls around, reportedly cast a vote of support for Bethpage hosting the matches at last week's PGA Championship.
'I think that will give the U.S. side a distinct advantage,' said Mickelson according to the report. 'I love it. I've been quietly hoping it would go there for years. It's a perfect site.'
The next Ryder Cup played on American soil will be at Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minn., in 2016, while Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis., is scheduled to host the biennial competition in 2020.
'We have conversations with many facilities about hosting our major championships,' Julius Mason, senior director of communications, PGA of America, told Golf Channel.