2021 U.S. Open To Torrey Pines: Report
By Torleif Sorenson on 3/11/14

The 18th hole of the South Course at Torrey Pines

According to a source quoted by Golf Channel, the United States Golf Association has extended an invitation to the City of San Diego to host the 2021 U.S. Open championship at Torrey Pines Golf Course. The proposal is schedule for a vote by the San Diego City Council on Monday, March 17. If the proposal passes, the USGA is expected to announce the event shortly thereafter.

This would be the second time Torrey Pines will have hosted the U.S. Open. For as much advance publicity as there was for a public course like Torrey hosting the Open, it eventually paled in comparison to the very dramatic overtime victory by Tiger Woods, playing on one good leg, over Rocco Mediate.

The 2021 U.S. Open is next one without a confirmed venue; the USGA has already announced the following venues for upcoming men's Opens:

2014:  Pinehurst Resort (#2), Pinehurst, North Carolina

2015:  Chambers Bay Golf Course, University Place, Washington

2016:  Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania

2017:  Erin Hills Golf Course, Erin, Wisconsin

2018:  Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, New York

2019:  Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California

2020:  Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, New York
In this writer's opinion, bringing the national open championship back to Torrey Pines is an intelligent move, but they might do well to have an architect un-do some of the more unpopular design elements that Rees Jones instituted before the 2008 Open. Phil Mickelson knows the course as well as any touring professional (and better than most); since he is already co-designing some improvements on Torrey's North Course and has been so outspoken about the South Course, he could well be an ideal consultant for any changes.

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joe jones says:
Phil is a good suggestion. I haven't played the north course in many years but when I did I felt it was one of the most difficult courses that I had played.Obviously they had to make changes to equalize the advances in equipment and the length that golfers can hit the ball but length is not the over riding requirement to make an Open course (Re: Merion and Oak Hill ). As I understand it Coore/Crenshaw redid Pinehurst # 2 by restoring some of the original Donald Ross design. I prefer that method to some of the horrible remakes that designers feel they have to do to make an Open course hard.Classic courses will stand up to great golfers. Look at St.Andrews. They have changed it very little in over 100 years and nobody complains about it.As somewhat of a historian this is a great subject for discussion. We have a wonderful, broad spectrum of members on Oob. I welcome your comments.
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