NEW YORK, June 29, 2011 (AFP) - The first event in the US PGA season-ending playoffs has added Bethpage Black, a public course that has twice hosted US Opens, to its rotation, tour officials announced Wednesday.
The Barclays, which announced a four-year sponsorship extension through 2016, will be staged at 2012 and 2016 at Bethpage under a deal reached with New York state officials allowing use of the park area.
The Farmingdale, New York, layout was where Tiger Woods won the first US Open played outside private courses in 2002 and Lucas Glover captured a rain-soaked 2009 US Open.
Bethpage joins a rotation for the metropolitan New York playoff opener that includes this year's host, Plainfield Country Club in Edison, New Jersey, where the Barclays will be staged August 23-28.
Bethpage will host in 2012 followed in order by Liberty National in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 2013, Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey in 2014 and Plainfield again in 2015 before a return to Bethpage in 2016.
"It's The Barclays will continue to represent a past, present and future of being staged on prestigious golf courses," US PGA commissioner Tim Finchem said.