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PGA picks Hazeltine to host 2009 PGA Championship

Hazeltine National Golf Club, site of Rich Beem's thrilling defeat of Tiger Woods in 2002, will again play host to the world's finest players when the 91st PGA Championship visits Minnesota.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The PGA of America has selected Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., to host the 2009 PGA Championship.

Hazeltine, which was the site of the 2002 PGA Championship won by Rich Beem, also entered into a long-term alliance with The PGA of America to host other future events, including the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup.

"This world-caliber golf venue provides a true test for the PGA Championship," said former PGA of America Chief Executive Officer Jim L. Awtrey. "We are very pleased to have developed this relationship with Hazeltine National Golf Club."

Hazeltine National Golf Club, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., is ranked among the top courses in the United States. The par-72 layout will play to 7,149 yards.

"Hazeltine is synonymous with championship golf," said former PGA of America President Will Mann. "We believe the 2002 PGA Championship and future events at Hazeltine will be extremely well received."

The PGA Championship enjoys a rich heritage dating back to 1916. Golf's fourth and final major championship of the year features an honor roll of past Champions that include Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus.

In 2002, Beem, who just seven years earlier was a frustrated club professional selling car stereos, faced down Tiger Woods, who birdied his final four holes, on the back nine and captured a PGA Championship even he thought he had no business winning.

"I'm still surprised at myself," Beem said after his closing 4-under 68 gave him a one-shot victory over Woods. "I'm elated beyond belief. I was a lot more in control of my emotions than I ever have been under that kind of pressure."

About The PGA of America

Since its origin in 1916, the PGA Championship has become one of the game's most anticipated major championships. The PGA Champions roster featured many of the greatest players from all generations of U.S. golf - from Hagen, Sarazen, Snead, Nelson and Hogan, to Nicklaus, Trevino and to Woods and Mickelson.

The PGA of America is the world's largest working sports organization comprised of 28,000 men and women golf Professionals who are the recognized experts in growing, teaching and managing the game of golf while serving millions of people throughout its 41 PGA Sections nationwide. Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has enhanced its leadership position in a $62 billion-a-year industry by growing the game of golf through its premier spectator events, world-class education and training programs, significant philanthropic outreach initiatives, and award-winning golf promotions. Today's PGA Professional is the public's link to the game, serving an essential role in the operation of golf facilities throughout the country.

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