2014-05-02 03:22 AM
NEW YORK (AP) -- The U.S. PGA Championship is going to Trump National in New Jersey, giving The Donald his biggest tournament yet.
The PGA of America announced a partnership on Thursday that will take the 2022 U.S. PGA to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster.
Also, the Senior PGA Championship will be played at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Virginia, in 2017.
"Certainly when you have courses, when you get acknowledged to have one of the majors ... having the PGA is a very, very big deal," Donald Trump said at a news conference. "So it's very important to me. It's a great honor for me, and it's a tremendous honor for both of those clubs."
Trump has 17 golf courses around the world, which includes his agreement this week to buy Turnberry on the west coast of Scotland. Turnberry already has hosted the British Open four times, and R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said it remains on the rotation.
The American developer is slowly becoming a major force in golf.
Trump National Doral near Miami hosts a World Golf Championship in the same week in March that his Trump course in Puerto Rico hosts a regular U.S. PGA Tour event.
The U.S. PGA Championship in '22 would be his first men's major, unless the British Open returns to Turnberry before then.
Trump National in Bedminster is to host the U.S. Women's Open in 2017. It was designed by Tom Fazio at 7,560 yards and has plenty of room for enormous crowds.
The announcement means the PGA of America will be busy in the greater New York area for the next decade.
The U.S. PGA Championship returns to Baltusrol in Springfield, New Jersey in 2016. Bethpage Black on Long Island will host the 2019 U.S. PGA Championship and the 2024 Ryder Cup.