PGA cites competition from Olympics
SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- The PGA will move the 2010 PGA Championship from a club in this Seattle suburb, citing concerns over corporate sponsors, fans and financial support in the Pacific Northwest during the same year as the Vancouver Olympics.
The winter games are scheduled in February 2010, while the golf event was slated for August that year at Sahalee Country Club, east of Seattle. Tour officials haven't decided where to move the event.
"It's a timing issue," PGA chief executive Jim Awtrey said. "There's no event in the world that takes more support than the Olympics. We felt it was too much of a risk and a burden for the community to take on."
The PGA Championship was staged at Sahalee in 1998, when Vijay Singh won his first major title. In 2002, the club hosted the World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational.
Awtrey said the earliest an event in Seattle could be reconsidered would be from 2012-2015. The PGA Championship is booked through 2011.
"It's not like we're going to wait another 10 years," he said, adding that a decision will be made "as quickly as we think the market is ready."
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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