Well… I for one really enjoyed day one of the Open. I guess I’m not the only one. The US Open and US Amateur will return to Pebble Beach in 2018 and 2019.
Who knows what the course or the field will look like nine years from now. The course has changed so much since its inception; it’s hard to imagine anyone doing anything to make it better or harder right now. But the field? It could be totally different. Phil Mickelson will be turning 49; Tiger Woods will be 43. Vijay Singh and Kenny Perry will be nearly 60. Anthony Kim, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler will be in or nearing their 30s.
Bill Perocchi, the CEO of the Pebble Beach Co. had the following to say:
It’s rare that we would be announcing an Open before you’ve played the current Open, but that just goes to show that Pebble Beach is special. Whatever happens this week in terms of scores or anything else isn’t going to affect anything.
Back to back British Open Champion, Padraig Harrington approves as well.
It seems a little bit like the home of the U.S. Open in the States. We come back every 10 years or so, but it’s a little bit like St. Andrews going back for the Open every five years. For all the venues of the U.S. Open, this is more synonymous for the U.S. Open than any other one.
In the mean time, here’s a list of the next few US Open venues.
2011: Congressional Country Club in Maryland
2012: The Olympic Club in San Francisco
2013: Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania
2014: Pinehurst No. 2, North Carolina
2015: Chambers Bay, Washington
2016: Oakmont, Pennsylvania