Right about 13 months ago, the PGA Tour and financial services company Barclays announced a four-year extension for the title sponsorship of the first event of the FedEx Cup playoffs.
The extension also called for the creation of a four-course rotation in New York and New Jersey, starting with Bethpage Black this year, Liberty National in 2013, then Ridgewood and Plainfield clubs to follow. It was also announced Bethpage would host in 2016, regardless of the sponsor.
A couple of New York publications treated that last piece of information as new on Sunday, as well as some rather old news.
Bethpage folks have been and continue to be in discussions with the PGA of America about bringing the course into their rotation. The Black appears to be done with the U.S. Golf Association after two U.S. Opens (2002, ’09) and the Far Hills group going back to Shinnecock Hills after the ’04 debacle has been somewhat forgotten and largely forgiven.
The PGA of America is considering bringing the PGA Championship there, which could come as soon as 2018, and/or the Ryder Cup, which could not happen before 2024.