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Bishop interested in Royal Portrush as PGA host

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There is no shortage of potential suitors if the PGA of America wants to take the year’s fourth major overseas.

But when asked Thursday on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” which international venue he has a strong interest in pursuing, PGA of America president Ted Bishop gave a surprising answer:

“Royal Portrush would be a great first international major,” he said. “I think given the powerful effect that Irish golfers have on the professional game today, that might be a good place to start.”

The PGA has already had in-house discussions about taking the year’s fourth major abroad, and the earliest possible year that the event could be held overseas would be 2020. 

There were reports this summer that the Open was set to be held at Royal Portrush in either 2018 or ’19, but the R&A denied that the venue has been determined. The Northern Ireland club has not hosted a major since 1951. 

The 2012 Irish Open was held at Royal Portrush, where more than 100,000 spectators passed through the gates. Perhaps that was enough to convince tournament organizers that a major could be held at one of golf’s most famous courses.