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PGA Coming Here in 2014

July 6th, 2009 by admin · 7 Comments

The big piece of news in the story we had earlier today will have a much bigger impact on Louisville than whatever happens between the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Greater Louisville Sports Commission. Or between Diane McGraw and Jim Wood.

No one will confirm it, but the PGA Championship is likely coming to Valhalla Golf Club in 2014. The event was held in Louisville in 1996 and 2000. The major championship was expected to make regular stops here, and if it does come in 2014, it would be a 14-year-hiatus.

The PGA’s official site has the tournament booked at various locations through 2016, but there’s no site penciled in for 2014. As we learned from Diane McGraw’s angry letter this morning, the PGA is planning a major announcement later this month in Louisville, to be attended by PGA officials. It doesn’t take much deductive reasoning to figure out that it will announce Valhalla as the 2014 site.

Valhalla, of course, is owned by the PGA, which took full control after the successful 2000 tournament, won by Tiger Woods.  It played host to a rousingly successful 2008 Ryder Cup, proving to PGA officials that Louisville has what it takes to host a major golf event.

And it’s about time. In fact, a six-year gap between major events is longer than most would have expected.

Tags: Golf · Greater Louisville Inc. · Possibility City · Rumors · Ryder Cup · Sports

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 eddieboy // Jul 6, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Yeah, except for the fact that no one outside of Louisville and the PGA of America considers Valhalla to be a major championship caliber course.
    No offense to the fine citizens of Kentucky, but this is another money grab by the PGA, which loves sending these events to PGA-owned venues.

  • 2 Junction Jack // Jul 6, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Such a terrible course they put the Ryder Cup there. Good argument.

  • 3 john // Jul 6, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Per the C-J…

  • 4 jonesie // Jul 7, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Eddieboy’s right. There were 45 golfers under par in 2000; eighteen under got you into a playoff. Valhalla’s a very nice course, but majors don’t play to -18.

  • 5 Clifford Peterson // Jul 7, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Actually, since 1990 the winner of the PGA Championship has been under par by double-digits 11 times, and -15 or better four times so Valhalla fits the mold for this particular major just fine.

  • 6 Marvin B // Jul 7, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Couldn’t agree more with the argument that Valhalla needs to have more teeth in hosting a Major. Though, to be fair, the PGA is not the US Open…nor is it hardly ever set up like one. Interesting that this article is debunking the entire premise that Valhalla is even getting the 2014 PGA:

  • 7 Marvin B // Jul 7, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Wups…sorry john…just noticed you posted the same link to that story!