Valhalla to stage 2014 US PGA

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Valhalla Golf Club, scene of last year's US Ryder Cup victory over Europe, is to stage the 2014 US PGA Championship, the PGA of America announced on Thursday night.

The Louisville, Kentucky course, designed by Jack Nicklaus and opened in 1986, was also named as the venue for the 2011 US Senior PGA Championship.

Valhalla staged last September's Ryder Cup, when Paul Azinger's USA team ended a nine-year winless streak with a 16.5 to 11.5 victory over Nick Faldo's Europeans.

Both of the two US PGA Championships held there have also produced drama, ending in play-offs. In 1996, Mark Brooks defeated Kentucky's Kenny Perry, while in 2000, Tiger Woods defeated Bob May.

"There is no debate that something special happens whenever Valhalla Golf Club hosts a major championship," PGA of America President Jim Remy said.

"And there is no question that the golf fans of Kentucky have responded, making Valhalla one of the greatest homes of championship golf.

"We are very pleased that we can bring back a Senior PGA Championship in two years' time and add a third PGA Championship to the great history of this club.

"We anticipate another tremendous show of support from fans in Louisville, Kentucky and the surrounding cities and states in welcoming the world's premier players."

The 2009 US PGA, the 91st staging of the championship, will be played in two weeks' time at Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minnesota, visiting Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, in 2010, Atlanta Athletic Club, Georgia (2011), Kiawah Island, South Carolina (2012) and Oak Hill, New York (2013) before reaching Valhalla.