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Jan242013

PGA CEO Says West Coast Venue "A Top Priority"

Adam Schupak files a couple of stories on new PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua. In the online backstory of how he got the job, an interesting look into the vetting and interview process involved, there is this:

It helps that Bevacqua has Crall to show him the ropes, and the full support of Bishop, who is in the first year of his two-year reign as association president. It was Bishop who demonstrated a willingness to stray from the script by pursuing Tom Watson as U.S. Ryder Cup captain. Expect more bold decision-making from the PGA’s new dynamic duo.

“Pete and I are similar in that we are two guys not afraid to get out of the box,” Bishop said. “We’re not afraid to be change agents, and I think we’re a good combination for each other.”

In the print edition of Golfweek (not online), this is this about the PGA Championship.

Yet he isn't shy when discussion his interest in returning the PGA Championship to the West Coast, where it hasn't been held since 1998.

"I make no bones about it," he said. That's a priority."

And what of a PGA or Ryder Cup at his beloved Bethpage? He plays a bit more coy. "We'll see," he said. "But I'll tell you this: You won't find a bigger fan of the place."

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Reader Comments (6)

How about a Major Championship in Texas? Ryder Cup?
01.25.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrad Ford
Sure sounds like he's backpedaling on Bethpage....I hope so!
01.25.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
One can only hope they go to Bethpage for a Ryder Cup...Now that will be 1 raucous place to have it with the NY fans!
01.25.2013 | Unregistered CommenterViz
Viz, most of the purists in these woods think the Bethpage crowds Are boorish, on a good day....and they are probably right! Truth be told, a Ryder Cup at Bethpage would seriously risk a return to Brookline like decorum and I'm not sure that's good for the event, the players, or golf broadly. Those of us that play at the facility regularly prefer they go elsewhere because events like these screw up the rest of the courses for months and months and months. Every 7 years, no problem....annually or every couple years, too much for our tastes.
01.25.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Viz,

While a good course, Bethpage is not a great venue for fans who want to walk a course. The Out/Back layout would make it hard to go from match to match in a Ryder Cup. I walked Bethpage and Winged Food for Opens. From a fan perspective, Winged Foot was 100% easier to walk.

Brad
01.25.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrad Ford
Colonial in TX tried very, very hard to get the RC 15-20 yrs ago and was turned down.
01.25.2013 | Unregistered Commenterfyg

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