I can’t help but wonder how Phil Mickelson feels about the fact that Bethpage Black will play host to the PGA Championship in 2019 and the Ryder Cup in 2024. Mickelson hasn’t enjoyed the most joyful history at the track, having finished as a runner up both to Tiger Woods at the 2002 U.S. Open and Lucas Glover in 2009. Despite the heartbreak, Mickelson has loved this course for a long time. “I love it. I’ve been quietly hoping it would go there for years. It’s a perfect site,” he said.
While it hasn’t been officially announced as of yet, the fact that Bethpage Black will play host to the two event has been all but confirmed by PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “Bethpage Black is very much on our radar screen,” said Bishop. “The PGA is highly interested in having a Ryder Cup and a PGA Championship there,” he said. “We feel it’s a golf course that’s worthy of both. We’ve been interested in Bethpage going back to 2009.”
I can just picture it now – Mickelson as the captain of the 2024 Ryder Cup team at a course he loves but was not able to conquer. Those are the stories that basically write themselves. The only thing that would make that situation even better is if he were to finish as the runner-up at the 2019 PGA Championship there.
Even though it is a public course, Bethpage Black has hosted its fair share of events. Most recently, it played host in 2012 to The Barclays – which will return next year.