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PGA Championship will return to Atlanta in 2011

The PGA of America has selected the Atlanta Athletic Club to host the 93rd PGA Championship in 2011.

PGA of America officials made the announcement on the 18th green of the club's Highlands Course Sunday as the Wanamaker Trophy was presented to David Toms, who posted one-stroke victory over Phil Mickelson in the 83rd edition of the PGA Championship.

"The Atlanta Athletic Club embodies everything we seek in a site for the PGA Championship," said PGA of America president Jack Connelly. "This week it proved it was deserving with a superbly conditioned golf course which tested the strongest field in golf history, enthusiastic and knowledgeable galleries and all of the community support necessary to stage the season's final major."

The 2011 event will be the fourth major held at the Atlanta Athletic Club. The club was also site of the 1976 U.S. Open, won by Jerry Pate, and the 1981 PGA Championship, won by Larry Nelson.

The AAC will join Firestone, Oakmont and Southern Hills as the only clubs to host three PGA Championships. Oakland Hills Country Club is scheduled to host its third PGA in 2008.

Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, will be the site of next year's PGA Championship, followed by Oak Hill in 2003 and Whistling Straits in 2004. The Country Club in Brookline, the site of the 1999 Ryder Cup, will host the 2005 event, while Medinah, the site of the 1999 PGA, will host again in 2006.

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