"The people here are incredible, and I just keep thinking that this is like the ideal spot to hold the Ryder Cup," he said. "First of all, the course is terrific, because 16, 17 and 18 are so close together. And the way the fans are, I think we would have a big advantage."
He'll get his wish in 2024.
In a press conference held onsite at Bethpage Black in Long Island, N.Y., the PGA of America announced the 2024 Ryder Cup and 2019 PGA Championship would be held on the historic public track.
"One of the reasons we feel so good about the PGA
Championship, is that it's a great golf course. But there is so much room, so much
space and so much land. That element is unbelievable exciting," said PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua.
"New York State loves golf," Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "The cherry on the cake is that this is at Bethpage, as they refer to it as the People's Country Club."
The players won't have the option to "Tee It Forward" and will face every inch of the 7,468-yard Black Course, which was designed by A.W. Tillinghast and opened in 1936. The course features a famous sign near the first tee that offers a forboding message for 20-handicaps (see right), but the course is public and can be played by any golfer. The venue has previously hosted two majors. Tiger Woods won the '02 U.S. Open and was the only player under par for the championship with a winning score of -3. Lucas Glover took the wet and muddy '09 U.S. Open with a winning score of -4. Mickelson was second in both events.
"This is one of the greatest venues in America. I can’t
imagine this isn’t a place where the PGA will want to come back for decades and
decades," Bevacqua said. "And to be able to bring two of the most popular events in golf, two of the most exciting events in sports, the PGA Championship and The Ryder Cup to Bethpage State Park, it's amazing to think about that." Future PGA Championship venues 2014- Valhalla Golf Club
2015- Whistling Straits
2016- Baltustrol Golf Club
2017- Quail Hollow Club
2018- Bellerive Country Club Future Ryder Cup venues 2014- Gleneagles (Perthshire, Scotland)
2016- Hazeltine National Golf Club (Chaska, Minn.)
2018- Le Golf National (Paris, France)
2020- Whistling Straits (Kohler, Wisconsin) For more news that golfers everywhere are talking about, follow @si_golf on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube video channel.