host the 2019 PGA Championship and
the 2024 Ryder Cup.
That Bethpage, site of the highly
successful 2002 U.S. Open and the rain-challenged 2009 U.S. Open, would
become the ninth course within the
previous 40 years to host two different
majors is its own interesting bit of
trivia. But that it will be the site of the
biennial competition between the best
male professionals from the U.S. and
Europe is more intriguing. When the
USGA took the chance of bringing a
major championship to the public
facility treasured by locals more than a
decade ago, Bethpage’s boisterous
(and sizable) crowds had many openly
wondering just how loud the place
could get if it ever hosted a Ryder Cup.
The confluence of having arguably the
sport’s most electric event at its most
raucous major championship venue
has many already salivating more than
a decade before it will take place.
(Before then the course will host the
PGA Tour’s Barclays in 2016.)
Despite the long run-up to the 2024
Ryder Cup, speculation already has
begun over who might captain the
U.S. side at Bethpage. The presumed
leading candidate is Phil Mickelson,
who has himself noted how that year
might be an ideal time for him to
oversee the American side. He’ll be 54
in 2024, and he has particularly
ingratiated himself with the Bethpage
crowds while finishing runner-up at
both Opens held there.
“I love it,” Mickelson told reporters
during last month’s PGA Championship about the idea of Bethpage
holding a Ryder Cup. “I’ve been quietly
hoping it would go there for years. It’s
a perfect site.” —Ryan Herrington
Women to use match
play at NCAAs in 2015
❯❯ Five seasons removed from men’s
college golf incorporating match play
to crown the team winner at the NCAA
Division I Championship—a decision
that continues to foster healthy debate
over its merits—the women’s game
will follow suit starting in 2014-15.
The NCAA Championship/Sports
01BM W winner Zach Johnson vaults to No. 4 in FedEx points.
Not bad for a guy who sat out the Barclays. 02 Jim Furyk’s second-round 59 at the BMW Championship is
the day’s best score by six shots.
Only a grinder like Furyk could shoot 59
with a bogey. 03 Tiger Woods’ rules controversy at Conway Farms is his fourth
of the season.
One more and they launch the EA Sports
Tiger Woods Rules of Golf Edition. 04 Suzann Pettersen wins the Evian Championship for her
second major title.
But after all that rain it’s clear the golf gods
aren’t keen on five majors. 05 Evian runner-up Lydia Ko, 16, expected to turn pro.
Suddenly she realized there’s only so much
shop credit you can use. 06 Golf Channel’s Holly Sonders throws out first pitch at
Tampa Bay Rays game.
Two tickets: $28. Two hot dogs,
two popcorns, two sodas: $30. One
autographed baseball: $45. Reaction
from 11-year-old son: Speechless. 07 Darren Clarke declares he’ll use an exemption to play the PGA
Tour full time in 2013-14.
Apparently they’ve run out of Guinness on
the European Tour. 08 Blue Monster at Trump National Doral gets early praise for
Gil Hanse’s in-progress makeover.
Of course, there’s still time for The Donald
to install a waterfall. Or two.
09 Bethpage Black to host the 2019 PGA Championship
and 2024 Ryder Cup.
That gives the traffic jam on the Long Island
Expressway five years to clear.
Jon Blanchard, Tewksbury, Mass.
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