Ted Bishop, the PGA of America’s president, would not confirm Bethpage’s status as a future major-championship site but he did talk about metropolitan New York as a premier golf stage.
“I think taking a major sporting event like the Ryder Cup to what I would arguably say is the greatest sports city in the United States in New York would be a phenomenal combination,” Bishop said from Oak Hill Country Club, site of the PGA Championship. “It’s a mammoth venue, and you’ve got a lot of possibilities for infrastructure and being able to handle crowds and the stadium-golf concept. I could give you 100 reasons why I think Bethpage certainly is very high on our radar as it relates to a Ryder Cup.”
I know it’s 11 years away, but I’m already marking my calendar for the ’24 Ryder Cup. Bethpage couldn’t be a more perfect venue for the event. I was at the ’09 U.S. Open (as a fan), and despite the mud and rain, the atmosphere was still unmatchable. It was built to host majors — and now that I think of it, it’s even more perfect for the Ryder Cup.
Bethpage inherently produces an electricity and grandeur I’ve never experienced anywhere else (FWIW, I’ve covered my fair share of majors now — 14, so only 1,429 more to go to catch Dan Jenkins’ record). It’s the perfect amphitheater for golf. Even last year when it hosted The Barclays, it almost felt like a major or the vibe of playoff events in team sports, like the NBA or NHL .
I haven’t slept in a week, so I’m just going to stop before my sentences become even more incoherent. My apologies, but all you need to know is two big-time events are headed back to Bethpage and the ’24 Ryder Cup will be the craziest and most exhilarating in the history of the biennial matches between the U.S. and Europe. I’m already scared for the Europeans. I mean, if you thought Rochester fans were obnoxious, or things got out of hand at previous events held at Bethpage, then, be afraid, be very afraid.