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U.S. Open set for return to Torrey Pines
12 Mar 2014
by Benjamin Larsen of amateurgolf.com

see also: U.S. Open Golf Championship, Erin Hills Golf Course

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Nearly six years later and the now infamous 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines still stands out in the minds of golf and sports fans.

You recall. On Sunday, Tiger Woods sunk a 12-footer for birdie to tie Rocco Mediate atop the leaderboard. On Monday, the two battled it out and were still tied after 18 holes. Woods ultimately won on the first sudden-death playoff hole for his 14th major championship title but it wasn't until after the golf world had experienced an amazing show.

Of course, when it was revealed that Tiger had won it all despite a broken tibia, the legend only grew.

The golf world may yet again experience another epic U.S. Open at Torrey Pines as news broke Tuesday that the USGA would, indeed, be heading back to San Diego for the national championship in 2021. News first broke from U-T San Diego and it was ultimately confirmed by the USGA that plans are in place.

The city council in San Diego still needs to approve the plan but according to Mayor Kevin Faulconer, all should be well with the vote.

The 2008 Open had a major economic impact on the city, bringing in a reported $142 million.

According to the U-T report, the PGA's interest in bringing the PGA Championship to the venue sped up the USGA's decision and commitment.

The public course is also the host of the annual Farmers Insurance Open.

ABOUT THE U.S. Open

The U.S. Open is one of 13 national championships conducted by the USGA. Open to amateurs and professionals.

The USGA intends to make the U.S. Open the most rigorous, yet fair, examination of golf skills, testing all forms of shot-making. The USGA prepares the course after careful consideration of 14 different factors. The complete philosophy statement can be found on www.usopen.com.

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