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2020 PGA Championship headed to the west coast
For the first time since 1995, the PGA Championship will soon be making a return to the west coast.
The PGA of America announced on Wednesday that the 2020 PGA Championship will be contested at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.
It was also announced that TPC Harding Park will host the the 2025 Presidents Cup and the 2015 World Golf Championships-Match Play Championship.
"The PGA of America is proud to be taking its major championship in 2020 to the City of San Francisco, home to one of the premier venues that embraces public golf along with the skill to stage some of the game’s greatest events," said PGA President Ted Bishop. "It is exciting to be sharing today's announcement with the PGA Tour and the City of San Francisco. Together, we look to grow the game among new audiences and present the finest championships for the greatest players in the world."
ENTIRE PRESS RELEASE: TPC Harding Park to host PGA Championship, Presidents Cup and Match Play
The 2020 PGA Championship will mark the first major played at a TPC property. Overall, it will be the fifth PGA Championship played in the state of California and the first since 1995 when Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades hosted the season's final major. Steve Elkington won that year.
The other three PGA Championships played in California consist of Hillcrest Country Club (1929), Pebble Beach Golf Links (1977) and Riviera Country Club (1983). TPC Harding Park will be the second municipally owned golf course to host the PGA Championship. The only other PGA Championship to be conducted at a municipal golf facility was the 1974 Championship at Tanglewood Golf Club in Clemmons, N.C.
TPC Harding Park -- formerly Harding Park Golf Club -- opened for play in 1935 after a design by noted architects Willie Watson and Sam Whiting, who also oversaw the construction of nearby Olympic Club.
The course was named after President Warren G. Harding, the 29th President of the United States, an avid golfer who died at the Palace Hotel in 1923 during a visit to San Francisco.
Over the years, Harding Park, which hosted the San Francisco City Championship, lost its prestige, but was revitalized after a massive renovation before hosting the 2005 World Golf Championships-American Express Championship.
In advance of the event, Harding Park underwent a 15-month renovation project that expanded the course from 6,743 yards to around 7,200 yards. The course reopened on August 22, 2003, and the World Golf Championships event was held in October 2005.
TPC Harding Park is also the site of The First Tee of San Francisco, which now reaches more than 80,000 young people annually through chapter programs and elementary schools.