PGA Championship returning to Ocean Course in 2021

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland holds the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 2012 PGA Championship at the Ocean Course. (File/Grace Beahm/

KIAWAH ISLAND — PGA of America officials made it official Friday, announcing that the PGA Championship will return to the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island in 2021.

The announcement came at a news conference at the Ocean Course attended by Derek Sprague, president of the PGA of America, and Kerry Haigh, chief championships officer of the organization, along with S.C. Governor Nikki Haley and Kiawah Island Golf Resort chairman Bill Goodwin and resort president Roger Warren.

“It’s a great day in South Carolina,” Haley said Friday morning. “What makes this so special is that we’re still floating from 2012. South Carolina received $75 million in advertising. South Carolinians, we love our golf. “

The course opened in 1991 in time to serve as the site of the monumental Ryder Cup Matches that became known as the War By The Shore. In 2012, Rory McIlroy won the PGA Championship played at the Ocean Course.