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The U.S. Open is Coming Back to California

The U.S. Open is Coming Back to California

March 11, 2014

It’s a great time for major championship golf on the West Coast. After a recent cycle of Torrey Pines in 2008, Pebble Beach in 2010 and Olympic Club in 2012, it looks like the USGA is ready to try that trifecta again.

The San Diego Union Tribune first reported that the USGA has extended an invitation to Torrey Pines to host the 2021 U.S. Open, pending city council approval. When Torrey Pines last hosted the U.S. Open, Tiger Woods won his 14th major in 91 holes on a shredded leg over Rocco Mediate. Woods has not won a major since, although he has collected seven Farmers Insurance Opens at Torrey Pines (one since 2008). Woods will be 45 in 2021.

The U.S. Open comes back to the West Coast after a three-year hiatus in 2015 at Chambers Bay, an RTJ II course outside Tacoma, Wash. It then returns to Pebble Beach in 2019 (with the U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach and Spyglass in 2018), and now the South Course at Torrey Pines in 2021.

Picking up on the pattern that the USGA likes to pad two or three years between visits to the West Coast, the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Ron Kroichick hypothesizes that Olympic Club could be in line for a 2023 invite:

Olympic Club and USGA officials already have held extensive talks about bringing America’s national championship back to the Lake Course, where the event has been played five times (most recently in 2012). The Open is now booked through ’21, so 2023 seems like the most logical choice for San Francisco.

West Coast U.S. Opens have been a boon for the USGA, since weekend tee times can be slotted to finish in prime time on the East Coast.

Here is the upcoming docket of U.S. Open courses:

  • Pinehurst Resort (Course No. 2), Village of Pinehurst, N.C. (2014)
  • Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash. (2015)
  • Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club (2016)
  • Erin Hills, Erin, Wis. (2017)
  • Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y. (2018)
  • Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links (2019)
  • Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, N.Y. (2020)

-Kevin Merfeld

Author: Kevin Merfeld

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