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Future U.S. Open Sites Named
The United States Golf Association (USGA) has announced sites for the 2022, 2023 and 2024 U.S. Open Championships, naming The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., Los Angeles (Calif.) Country Club and Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C., respectively, as the host sites.
"We are elated to host our national championship at these three historic venues," said Thomas J. O'Toole Jr., president of the USGA. "Each one is located in a region where golf and sports are celebrated, and we have already felt tremendous community support. We look forward to the test of golf that each of these classic designs will present to the world's best players."
The 2022 U.S. Open, to be held June 16-19, will be the fourth U.S. Open at The Country Club, which most recently hosted the 2013 U.S. Amateur, won by Matthew Fitzpatrick, of England.
"We are thrilled to bring the 122nd U.S. Open Championship to such a storied golf course and a great club, one of the five clubs that founded the USGA in 1894," said O'Toole. "Arguably the most significant event in American golf happened there in 1913, when the young local amateur Francis Ouimet defeated the top pros of the day, Harry Vardon and Ted Ray, in the first U.S. Open played at The Country Club."
The 2022 U.S. Open will be the 17th USGA championship hosted by The Country Club, second-most among U.S. clubs to Merion, with 18. The three previous U.S. Opens conducted at the club - all of which were decided in 18-hole playoffs - were in 1913 (won by Ouimet), 1963 (won by Julius Boros) and 1988 (won by Curtis Strange).
Other USGA championships played at the club include five U.S. Amateurs (1910, 1922, 1934, 1957 and 1982), as well as the 1902, 1941 and 1995 U.S. Women's Amateurs, the 1932 and 1973 Walker Cup Matches, the 1953 U.S. Girls' Junior and the 1968 U.S. Junior Amateur. It also hosted the 1999 Ryder Cup, won by the USA in a rousing final-day rally capped by Justin Leonard's clinching putt.
"The Country Club has a long-standing, valued partnership with the United States Golf Association, so our membership is very excited and proud to have been chosen as the host site of the 2022 U.S. Open," said Will Fulton, The Country Club's general chairman for the 2022 U.S. Open. "We have been fortunate to have held 16 USGA events and to have witnessed some of golf's great moments. Along with our gracious co-hosts, the Town of Brookline, we look forward to welcoming golf fans from New England and around the world."
The 2023 U.S. Open will be held June 15-18, and Los Angeles Country Club will become just the third U.S. Open venue in Southern California, joining Riviera Country Club in nearby Pacific Palisades (1948) and Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego (2008, 2021).
"This George Thomas-designed gem, the North Course at Los Angeles Country Club, was recently restored by Gil Hanse, architect of the 2016 Olympic golf course in Rio de Janeiro," said O'Toole. "It's a perfect opportunity to take the U.S. Open to Los Angeles."
The 2023 U.S. Open will be the fourth USGA championship at the club, which hosted the 1930 U.S. Women's Amateur (won by six-time champion Glenna Collett Vare over three-time winner Virginia Van Wie) and the 1954 U.S. Junior Amateur (won by Foster Bradley Jr. over Al Geiberger). It will also host the 2017 Walker Cup Match, which is scheduled for September 9-10.
"The city loves to host major events," said John Chulick, club president. "This region, not having hosted the U.S. Open for 75 years, will be ecstatic about this."
The 2024 U.S. Open, to be held June 13-16 on Pinehurst's Course No. 2, will mark the fourth U.S. Open and 11th USGA championship at the historic venue. In addition to the unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open in June 2014, won by Martin Kaymer and Michelle Wie, the USGA has conducted these national championships at Pinehurst No. 2: the 1962 U.S. Amateur (won by Labron Harris Jr.); the 1989 U.S. Women's Amateur (won by Vicki Goetze-Ackerman); the 1994 U.S. Senior Open (won by Simon Hobday); the 1999 U.S. Open (won by Payne Stewart); the 2005 U.S. Open (won by Michael Campbell) and the 2008 U.S. Amateur (won by Danny Lee).
"Pinehurst has elevated itself to one of the great and historic places in golf in this country," said O'Toole. "Some say it's our St. Andrews - it's certainly something special, and that's why we're going back there for the 2024 U.S. Open."
Prior to the 2024 U.S. Open, Pinehurst will host the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship and the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship.
"It is an honor and a privilege to be named as the site for the 2024 U.S. Open," said Tom Pashley, Pinehurst Resort & Country Club president. "We take great pride in our relationship with the USGA and feel fortunate they have chosen to bring the national championship back to Pinehurst for the fourth time in just 25 years."
The 2016 U.S. Open will be played June 16-19 at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club. Other future U.S. Open sites are: June 15-18, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.; June 14-17, 2018, at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.; June 13-16, 2019, at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links; June 18-21, 2020, at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.; and June 17-20, 2021, at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, Calif.
The above report is courtesy of the USGA. For more information, visit www.usga.org.