The Black is back.
The PGA of America is expected to make a long-known secret official on Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET, awarding the 2019 PGA Championship and the 2024 Ryder Cup to Bethpage Black on Long Island, N.Y.
Golfweek first reported the decision during the PGA Championship at Oak Hill in August. A month later, the PGA of America is ready to share what many in the golf world knew for quite some time.
Bethpage Black last hosted a major championship in 2009, when the state park more resembled Woodstock for five days as Lucas Glover was crowned U.S. Open champion in a weather-cursed tournament. Tiger Woods won the first U.S. Open played at Bethpage Black in 2002 in the first U.S. Open played on a publicly accessible course.
Phil Mickelson was runner-up in both U.S. Opens at Bethpage Black. Mickelson will be 54 years old when the 2024 Ryder Cup arrives at Bethpage, making it likely Mickelson will be the 2024 Ryder Cup captain at a place where he arguably has no better rapport with the fans.
Mickelson embraced the idea of a Bethpage Black Ryder Cup at Oak Hill, saying last month, “I think that will give the U.S. side a distinct advantage. I love it. I’ve been quietly hoping it would go there for years. It’s a perfect site."
In 2012, The Barclays was played at Bethpage Black as well, with the tournament set to return there in 2016 as part of the tournament's rotation through the New York-New Jersey region.
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