U.S. Open returning to Torrey Pines in 2021, Southern Hills has to adjust sights again

From ESPN and local reports

The U.S. Open will return to Torrey Pines in 2021, pending approval from the San Diego City Council, the United States Golf Association confirmed Tuesday.

USGA spokesman Joe Goode said Tuesday that 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.

The San Diego Union-Tribune initially reported the news and suggested that the PGA of America’s interest in bringing the PGA Championship to the course hastened the decision to get back to Southern California.

"It’s a great win for San Diego," Mayor Kevin Faulconer told the newspaper. "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."

Faulconer said that the City Council will be asked to approve bringing the tournament back at a meeting next week.

The announcement means that the U.S. Open will not be returning to Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa anytime soon. Tulsa officials have been seeking a return of the national championship last played here in 2001 and also previously in 1977 and 1958. Southern Hills has declined overtures from the PGA of America to bring back the PGA Championship which has been held at Southern Hills in 2007, 1994, 1982 and 1970 while pursuing a U.S. Open.

Southern Hills General Manager Nick Sidorakis was not immediately available for comment.

 

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