The par-5 4th hole at Bethpage Black.
Well, it’s not a U.S. Open but it’s better than nothin’.
The PGA Tour announced today that it will take the first stop of the FedExCup Playoffs to famed Bethpage Black.
The Barclays, normally played at the end of August/early September has signed on to host the tournament through 2016, including stops at the Black next year and in 2016.
In recent years, the Barclays has held the tournament at New Jersey venues including Liberty National (2009) and Ridgewood Country Club (2010). This year, the tournament will be played at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, N.J.
“To bring The Barclays to Bethpage Black for the first time, and to return to Liberty National, Ridgewood, and Plainfield over the next five years guarantees world-class venues and competition for golf fans in the Tri-State area,” said Bob Diamond, Chief Executive of Barclays PLC.
Bethpage Black, designed by the legendary A.W. Tillinghast, last hosted the U.S. Open in 2009; a rain-drenched, five-day tournament won by Lucas Glover. It became the first publicly owned course to host the Open back in 2002, where Tiger Woods outlasted the likes of Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson to win his second national championship.
The next available U.S. Open date is 2020, but there’s no word if the USGA plans on returning to Bethpage. But they did recently commit the 2018 Open to another classic Long Island course, Shinnecock Hills GC.
Below are the venues the Barclays will visit through 2016:
2012 – Bethpage State Park’s Black Course, Farmingdale, N.Y.
2013 — Liberty National, Jersey City, N.J.
2014 — Ridgewood Country Club, Paramus, N.J.
2015 — Plainfield Country Club, Edison, N.J.
2016 — Bethpage State Park’s Black Course, Farmingdale, N.Y.
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