It’s been more than 4 decades since the PGA Championship was played on a public course, and now it’s set to be done back to back.
Breaking in late June, it was reported that ‘the city by the bay,’ San Francisco, California, will host the PGA Championship in the year 2020. The course host is Harding Park, a public course, which gives the state of California majors for three straight years with its US Open hosted in Pebble Beach in 2019 and Torrey Pines in 2021.
Not since 1998 has the PGA Championship been played on the west coast, the last host being just outside the Emerald City, Seattle, Washington at Sahalee, and not since 1974 at Tanglewood Golf Course has the championship been held on a public golf course.
Those aren’t the only things that are changing.
The tournament play will mimic the 2014 FIFA World Cup, with group play promising golfers a longer minimum stay in the tourney, rather than quick elimination of often favorites top ranked golfers. 64 golfers will be competing in the tournament, without the single-elimination style.
There was other good news for Harding Park. Five years after the 2020 Championship, the course will host the President’s Cup for 2025. This will be the first time since the year 2009, and for a course that has never hosted majors, exciting news. Twenty four of the world’s best golfer’s will meet for the President’s Cup in 2025, with twelve of the competitors from the United States, and the other twelve coming from around the world with the exception of Europe.
It’s an exciting announcement for the city of San Francisco, whose mayor made the announcement alongside the PGA Tour Commissioner at the San Francisco city hall.