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December 12, 2012

Truth & Rumors: PGA has big plans for Bethpage Black

Tiger_bethpageTiger Woods at the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (Getty Images)

With no plans to bring the U.S. Open back to Bethpage Black in the near future, it appeared the famed New York muni might fade from the major championship picture in professional golf. That is until Tuesday, when PGA of America president Ted Bishop revealed his desire to bring major-caliber golf back to the Black Course to Newsday's Mark Herrmann.

Ted Bishop, the new president of the PGA of America, said Tuesday that one of his goals in office is to bring the PGA Championship and/or the Ryder Cup to Bethpage Black.

"We've just got some things to sort out with some dates in the future, but there is no decline in my interest," said Bishop, who took office last month. He and new chief executive officer Peter Bevacqua are in New York to name the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup captain Thursday.

"Honestly, I would have to tell you that if you asked me my goal for the next couple of years, it would be to make some kind of an announcement that something is going to happen at Bethpage," Bishop said.

The Black Course at Bethpage State Park hosted the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Opens, won by Tiger Woods and Lucas Glover, respectively. The USGA has announced host venues through 2019, when Pebble Beach will take the reins, and the Black is not on the list. The last PGA Tour event to be played there was this year's Barclays, the first of the four 2012 FedEx Cup playoff events.

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