Bellerive Country Club to host PGA Championships

Bellerive Country Club to host PGA Championships

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Tiger Woods reacts after an eagle putt on the eighth hole during the final round of the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 10, 2011, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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by Scott Bierman, KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on May 6, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Updated Friday, May 6 at 6:31 PM

(KMOV.com) --  Bellerive Country Club announced on Friday the course will host the 2013 Senior PGA Championship and 2018 PGA Championship tournaments.

Last week, Bellerive issued a statement announcing they had placed a bid on both tournaments.  The club requested that if the course would host the 2013 Senior PGA Championship then it hosts the 2018 PGA Championship as well.  Was it a bold move?  Not quite considering the PGA Tour of America has recently started grouping many of its tournaments together.

The West County golf course is no stranger to hosting big tournaments.  Bellerive held the 2008 BMW Championship despite having rain in the forecast most of the tournament.  Camilo Villegas shot -15 for a two-stroke victory and his first PGA Tour win.  Tiger Woods did not participate due to a knee injury.

Bellerive has also hosted the 2004 U.S. Senior Open won by Peter Jacobsen, the 1992 PGA Championship won by Nick Price and the 1965 U.S. Open won by Gary Player.  The “Green Monster of Ladue Road” was scheduled to host the 2001 American Express World Golf Championship, but was canceled after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

In 2018, it will be the 100th anniversary of the PGA Championship tournament.  It also could be a record-setting tournament for Tiger Woods.  Woods is four major wins away from tying Jack Nicklaus’ mark of 18 career major victories.  Woods will be 42 years old when the 2018 PGA Championship is played in August 2018.

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