Pebble Beach becomes third US Open anchor site for USGA

Pebble Beach is the third course to become an anchor site for the US Open, with the USGA announcing four US Opens and four US Women’s Opens over the next 26 years on Wednesday.

Pebble Beach joins Pinehurst No. 2 and Oakmont Country Club as anchor sites, a strategy that allows the USGA to return to its most famous US Open courses more frequently.

The USGA has ensured that women are not left behind.

The US Women’s Open will first be held next year on America’s most famous seaside course, then it will return three times in 2035, 2040 and 2048.

Pebble Beach, which opened in 1919 and first hosted a USGA event in 1929 with the US Amateur, was the first public course to host the US Open in 1972. This Open was famous for Jack Nicklaus hitting the pin with a 1 iron on the par-3 17th en route to victory.

Other highlights include Tom Watson who came on the 17th to beat Nicklaus in 1982, and Tiger Woods who had his greatest performance winning the 2000 US Open by 15 shots, the widest margin in US Open history. major championships.

He most recently hosted the US Open in 2019, when Gary Woodland chipped from one end of the 17th green to the other for a standout save on the way to his first major.

USGA Championships Manager John Bodenhamer recalled a conversation with three-time major champion Nick Price, who told him it was important to know where a player won a US Open.

“There are certain places where you go and where you stand out, they are destined for a US Open or a US Women’s Open. You play at Pebble Beach, it’s a bit of a religious experience,” Bodenhamer said during the interview. a press conference overlooking hole 18. “We go where the players want to win.”

Pebble Beach also hosts a PGA Tour event each February dating back to 1947. It once hosted a PGA Championship (1977) and the precursor to the Tour Championship (1988).

“This relationship with Pebble Beach, long considered a national treasure, is a historic step forward for golf,” said USGA CEO Mike Whan. “In addition to elevating our Open championships, the USGA and Pebble Beach are committed to working together to ensure a more diverse, welcoming and accessible game.”

Spyglass Hill, considered the toughest of the Pebble Beach courses in relatively calm conditions, will host the US Senior Women’s Open and US Senior Open for consecutive weeks in 2030.

The US Open only has 10 open slots left until 2051, with the next year available in 2028.

Of the current anchor sites, Oakmont has hosted the US Open nine times, the most of any club, and the US Open returns to the Pittsburgh-area course in 2025, 2033, 2042 and 2049.

North Carolina’s No. 2 Pinehurst is the newcomer, first holding the US Open in 1999 and returning in 2005 and 2014. He has the US Open in 2024, 2029, 2035, 2041 and 2047. Pinehurst has also been chosen as a secondary seat for the USGA.

The USGA could still have a fourth anchor site. Among the clubs reportedly under consideration are Shinnecock Hills and Winged Foot, both in New York. Shinnecock Hills is hosting its sixth US Open in 2026.

“There are so many exciting things to come,” Bodenhamer said. “Each of these long-term relationships is different. You’ll see more of them.”

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