PGA Championship to Return to Kiawah in 2021

Kiawah Island's Ocean Course, site of Rory McIlroy's PGA Championship victory in 2012, will host the 2021 PGA Championship.
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The PGA Championship is set to return to Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course in 2021, according to an announcement made Friday by the PGA of America.

The Ocean Course last hosted the PGA Championship in 2012, when Rory McIlroy won by eight shots. The Pete Dye design has also hosted the Ryder Cup and the Senior PGA Championship.

“It’s an honor to have the PGA Championship returning to the Ocean Course and Kiawah Island,” said Kiawah Island Golf Resort Chairman Bill Goodwin. “We have enjoyed dramatic finishes and premier champions each time the PGA of America elected to bring an event to the island. We will do all that we can to provide the best possible conditions for the world’s best players and make the experience memorable to golf fans of South Carolina and to thousands of visitors worldwide.”

Though it was a huge success in crowning a worthy champion — McIlroy won his second major in as many seasons — the tournament presented a logistical nightmare. The island is serviced by only two roads, forcing spectators to make a lengthy journey to the course. A rainstorm on Saturday compounded the problem, causing traffic jams between the course and designated parking areas.

The Ocean Course, which played to 7,676 yards in 2012, opened in 1991 and features stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. It ranked 25th on the 2014 Golf Magazine Top 100 Courses in the U.S. list.

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