The talk of growing the game had limits, though. Bevacqua said the championship would remain in the United States for the foreseeable future, despite golf’s greatest growth occurring in Asia. Proof of that was provided by Si Woo Kim of South Korea, who won the Players Championship in May, and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, who has climbed to No. 3 in the rankings with a multiple-win season.
“Will we ever do an international P.G.A. Championship?” Bevacqua asked. “I think the answer is not in the next 10 years, but it’s something we will always consider because, potentially at the right time for the organization, it could be an interesting move.”
In the men’s world rankings, seven of the top 10 players are not from the United States, suggesting that the time might be right to hold a men’s major in a non-English-speaking country.