The campaigning for another visit of the U.S. Open to Torrey Pines has begun. Mark your calendars for a return engagement some time next decade. The year 2018 sounds about right. Will Tiger Woods still be the No. 1 player in the world? Will Phil Mickelson still be searching for a U.S. Open title?
From San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Tim Sullivan:
David Fay, executive director of the United States Golf Association, says he is “thrilled” by San Diego's interest in an encore Open, and that the invitation Mayor Jerry Sanders extended Monday could be provisionally accepted as soon as this fall.
The USGA has already scheduled Open sites through 2015. The next two Open openings, in 2016 and 2017, are expected to be filled by Oakmont Country Club, the suburban Pittsburgh site of the 2007 Open, and the new Erin Hills (Wis.) Golf Course, site of the 2011 U.S. Amateur.
The USGA will consider those courses at its October championships and executive committee meetings in New Jersey. Based on the commercial and theatrical success of the 108th Open, however, Torrey Pines could also be considered for fast-track approval.