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PGA Of America Considering Taking PGA Championship Overseas As Soon As '20

PGA of America studying impact of holding PGA Championship at different int'l courses
The PGA Championship "may be played outside the United States sometime in the next decade," according to sources cited by Ron Sirak of GOLF WORLD. The sources said that a committee is "well into a study of what impact holding the event around the world would have" on the PGA of America's club and teaching pros, and on the "overall growth of the game." PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua said, "This is an exercise we are going through, an analysis. It is far from a fait accompli that we are going to take the PGA Championship international." Sirak notes the earliest the tournament could go overseas is '20, after the "current television contract with CBS and Turner Sports expires" with the '19 event. Bevacqua indicated that the PGA of America's TV partner "would be one of many organizations that would need to buy into the idea." Bevacqua: "It would need to work for the PGA Tour, and it would need to work for the PGA Tour players. Another would be the PGA in the particular area we would consider. We would want the international PGAs to be a part of this and share in this. Many pieces would have to fall in place" (GOLF WORLD, 10/21 issue).
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