US Open to return to Torrey Pines in 2021

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

San Diego, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The United States Golf Association confirmed that the U.S. Open will return to Torrey Pines in 2021, pending approval from the San Diego City Council.

According to USGA spokesman Joe Goode, the tournament has been offered to the venue that hosted the epic 2008 U.S. Open won by Tiger Woods in a playoff over Rocco Mediate.

“It’s a great win for San Diego,” San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. “The fact that we’ve been selected again speaks volumes as to how this city came together and put on a world-class tournament in ’08. It just shows, from the USGA’s standpoint, that we know how to get it done.”

Next week, Faulconer said the city council will be asked to approve bringing the tournament back.

Torrey Pines is a public course that annually hosts the Farmers Insurance Open over two courses. The South Course is the one that would be used for the U.S. Open.

In 2008, playing on what was later discovered to be a broken tibia, Woods tied Mediate at 283, 1 under par, through 72 holes by rolling in a 12-foot birdie putt on the final green to force a playoff.

The next day, they were still tied through 18 holes, forcing sudden death, and Woods won with a par on the first extra hole for his 14th major title.

Two days later, Woods had season-ending knee surgery to replace a torn ACL. He has not won a major since. Woods also has won the PGA Tour event held at Torrey Pines seven times.

This year’s U.S. Open will be played at Pinehurst No. 2, followed by Chambers Bay (2015), Oakmont (2016), Erin Hills (2017), Shinnecock Hills (2018), Pebble Beach (2019) and Winged Foot (2020).

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