PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Professional Golfers' Association of America announced on Oct. 19, 1998, that the 88th PGA Championship in 2006 and the 39th Ryder Cup in 2012 will be played at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. Medinah hosted its first PGA Championship, won by Tiger Woods, in 1999.
"We believe that golf fans should be able to see the world's greatest golfers playing the world's greatest courses," said then-PGA of America President Ken Lindsay. "Medinah Country Club is synonymous with championship golf and plays a critical role in the history and tradition of our game. We are pleased to be able to incorporate this world-caliber site into our long-range plans."
Medinah is ranked among the top courses in the United States. The PGA Championship and Ryder Cup will be played on the No. 3 Course, a par 72 measuring 7,401 yards. All three of Medinah's 18-hole courses were designed by Tom Bendelow in 1928 and completed two years apart. Medinah was the site of U.S. Opens in 1949, 1975 and 1990.
The Ryder Cup, held once every four years in the United States, feature 12 of the best golfers in the U.S. competing with their European counterparts in match-play format. The Ryder Cup began in 1927.
The PGA Championship, which features the strongest field in major championship golf, enjoys a rich heritage dating back to 1916. The season's final major also features a role of past Champions that reads like a saga of golf's legends: Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus, among others.
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