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."