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The PGA of America announced Thursday it would reschedule the 92nd PGA Championship, originally slated for August 2010 at Sahalee Country Club in Redmond, Wash., due to the timing of the 2010 Winter Olympics in the Vancouver/Pacific Northwest region.

"One of our goals with our major championships is to take it to different parts of the country," said PGA of America Chief Executive Officer Jim L. Awtrey. "We enjoyed a successful PGA Championship in 1998 when we visited the Pacific Northwest at Sahalee Country Club and Vijay Singh earned his first major championship. We look forward to working with Sahalee Country Club officials to try and reschedule future PGA of America events."

"While we are disappointed that the 2010 PGA Championship will not be played at Sahalee Country Club we can not overlook the obstacles we would face with the Winter Olympic Games being conducted on our doorstep in the same year," said Sahalee Country Club President Jack Calabrese. "We look forward to working with The PGA of America to bring a major championship to the Pacific Northwest."

The PGA Championship, which enjoys a rich heritage dating back to its inaugural event in 1916, will mark its 87th Championship, Aug. 11-14, as it makes its first visit to historic Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J.

The PGA of America, founded in 1916, is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the game of golf while continuing to enhance the standards of the profession. The Association is comprised of more than 28,000 men and women PGA Professionals who are dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.


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