USGA: Pebble Beach Could’ve Probably Hosted Back-to-Back Opens in 2010
June 18, 2014
Pebble Beach Golf Links hosting the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open back-to-back?
It of course didn’t happen in 2010, but USGA executive director Mike Davis said that it could have been possible. And it probably would have worked.
Speaking at Wednesday’s USGA’s press conference on the eve of this week’s U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst, Davis went through all the factors that made Pinehurst the right course to host back-to-back Opens, including the course not having to rely on high rough as a defense.
When asked what other courses could handle back-to-back national championships, Davis turned his thoughts to the West Coast and Pebble Beach—more specifically, the Pebble Beach we saw during the 2010 U.S Open.
“Maybe, if you were out on the West Coast where we know we’re going to get dry conditions and maybe it’s a coastal course where the wind comes in, you can have — think about Pebble Beach, the last time we were there. The rough was not that high. It was just enough where you got grass between the ball and the club head,” Davis said. “That probably could have worked. The women probably could have played that golf course, if we’d gotten the firmness of the greens right for them.”
Back-to-back U.S. Opens at Pebble Beach is tantalizing food for thought. But even if it did happen, in 2019 or at some later date, it wouldn’t exactly work that way. Not anymore.
During the press conference, Davis added that beginning in 2018, the U.S. Women’s Open will permanently move to its new playing date, the first Sunday in June.
According to Davis, the permanent first Sunday in June date is a big advantage for a lot of reasons.
“I think preceding the U.S. Open gives it the spotlight and sets up coming into the Open. Both events, both championships benefit from that,” Davis said. “The overriding reason was, that week, if you look across the entire country, of all the ideal times we could play anywhere and have good agronomic conditions, have good results, that week would really be one of the premier weeks of the year.”
All reasons why, come 2018, the permanent date change will happen.
“So we just felt like having a permanent time, giving it the spotlight of two weeks before the U.S. Open, being able to broaden the number of courses we could go to, all were really part of the decision to do it,” Davis said. “It’s a permanent decision starting in 2018. That is when the U.S. Women’s Open will be.”