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Royal Portrush touted for PGA Championship

Updated: Thursday, 14 Nov 2013 20:01 | Comments

Royal Portrush hosted the 2012 Irish Open
Royal Portrush hosted the 2012 Irish Open

PGA of America president Ted Bishop has suggested Royal Portrush as his choice should they take the major overseas.

When asked today on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive which international venue he has a strong interest in pursuing, Bishop said: “You know, I think that Royal Portrush would be a great first international major.

“It was the first golf course played outside of England or Scotland for an Open Championship and I think given the effect that Irish golfers have on the professional game today, that might be a good place to start.”

The Antrim venue hosted the Open Championship in 1951, while it hosted the Irish Open last year.

The PGA have discussed taking the year’s fourth major abroad, and the earliest possible year that the event could be held overseas would be 2020. 

Last month PGA of America chief executive Pete Bevacqua said: "When we sat down to map our strategic plan... the question arose as to what impact it would have to take the PGA Championship to an international location once or twice a decade.

"It would be something we would only do if we had the cooperation of quite a few groups. We would want the international PGAs to be a part of this and share in this. Many pieces would have to fall in place."

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