Months after the PGA Tour left Washington, the PGA of America made a major commitment to the area’s most renowned club, albeit one that is many years away.
The PGA of America on Tuesday announced that Congressional Country Club will host multiple major tournaments, including the PGA Championship in 2031 and the Ryder Cup in 2036.
The first announced event at the Bethesda club will be the 2022 Women’s PGA Championship. The Women’s PGA also is scheduled to be played there in 2027. Those tournaments are the first women’s majors to be played at Congressional, which has hosted three U.S. Opens, the 1976 PGA Championship and the 1995 U.S. Senior Open.
Other events coming to Congressional include the Senior PGA Championship in 2025 and ’33; the PGA Professional Championship in 2029; and the Junior PGA Championship (girls and boys) in 2024.
“This partnership with Congressional Country Club and its membership is monumental in scope and stature, and we are excited to show the range of championships and events that the PGA of America has to offer,” John Easterbrook, interim chief executive of the PGA of America, said in a statement. “We’re also looking forward to building a lasting relationship with the legions of knowledgeable golf fans from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia and believe they will enjoy their time with us and marvel at the talents we will bring to Congressional in the coming years.”
Congressional last hosted a PGA Tour event in 2016, when Billy Hurley III won the Quicken Loans National. The last major championship held there was the 2011 U.S. Open, in which Rory McIlroy claimed his first major by setting tournament records for lowest 72-hole score (268) and most strokes under par (16).
This most recent PGA Tour event in the D.C. area was the Quicken Loans National in late June and early July at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. Francesco Molinari won by shooting 21-under 259 in the apparent final edition of the event Tiger Woods has hosted every year since 2007, when it was known as the AT&T National. The PGA Tour has announced that it would add Detroit to its schedule for next season, leaving the D.C. area without an event for the first time since before the Kemper Open came to Avenel in 1980.
The 2031 PGA Championship will be the 74th installment since it moved to stroke play in 1958. (It had previously been a match-play event.) The event traditionally has been played on the third weekend before Labor Day, serving as the fourth and final major championship of the season. But starting next year, the tournament will be played the weekend before Memorial Day as the season’s second major, a move to avoid typically sweltering conditions in mid-August.
By the time the PGA Championship comes back to the D.C. area, Brooks Koepka will be 41. Koepka won this year’s PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis to capture the third major championship of his career and his second of 2018.
Koepka is a member of this year’s U.S. team that will compete against Europe in the Ryder Cup. The competition began in 1927 and since has been contested every two years on European or American soil. This year’s Ryder Cup will be played later this month at Le Golf National outside of Paris.
The United States won the 2016 Ryder Cup, 17-11, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. Europe, however, had won six of the previous seven Ryder Cups.
“Congressional Country Club is proud to be partnering with the PGA of America and looks forward to creating future championship history,” Congressional President Bev Lane said. “We are excited to bring major championship golf back to Congressional and to represent our country and the nation’s capital as the host of the 2036 Ryder Cup.”
The D.C. area hosted a similar event four times when the Presidents Cup, contested by the United States and an international team minus Europe, was held at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, beginning with the inaugural event in 1994. The club also hosted in 1996, 2000 and 2005.