Jan. 28 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Open golf tournament will be played at Winged Foot Golf Club in 2020, the sixth time the Mamaroneck, New York, course will host the sport’s second-oldest major.
The U.S. Golf Association, the sport’s governing body in the U.S. and Mexico, and club officials had been in discussions for 18 months about bringing the tournament back. In 2008, Winged Foot turned down an invitation to host the 2015 edition.
The 90-year-old private club previously hosted the U.S. Open in 1929, 1959, 1974, 1984 and 2006, when Australia’s Geoff Ogilvy won as Phil Mickelson surrendered a one-shot lead with a double-bogey on the final hole. That year was the first time the club had hosted the Open in 22 years.
“Winged Foot is one of the quintessential U.S. Open sites,” Tom O’Toole, chairman of the USGA’s championship committee, said in a telephone interview. “It really is one of those golf courses that is a fabulous test of golf, and that trumps everything else.”
After Ogilvy’s victory seven years ago, the USGA had intended to return to Winged Foot and was in the midst of negotiations when the club’s membership declined. The 2015 event will be played at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington. During the 2006 Open, much of Winged Foot’s 18-hole East Course was used for hospitality venues, parking and other infrastructure needs.
“We realize the imposition that this creates on a club,” O’Toole said. “We have to be very delicate with how we approach this. The New York area is a special place for us. To be able to go to that market on a course like Winged Foot, and with the strength of corporate America in the area, it’s a great combination.”
The tournament will be the 20th U.S. Open played in New York, the most of any state. Only Pennsylvania’s Oakmont Country Club (9), New Jersey’s Baltusrol Golf Club (7) and Michigan’s Oakland Hills Country Club (6) have currently hosted more U.S. Opens than Winged Foot.
The tournament will follow the 2018 Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York, and the 2019 tournament at California’s Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Future U.S. Open sites:
2013 -- Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pennsylvania.
2014 -- Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst, North Carolina.
2015 -- Chambers Bay, University Place, Washington.
2016 -- Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania.
2017 -- Erin Hills Golf Course, Erin, Wisconsin.
2018 -- Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, New York.
2019 -- Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California.
2020 -- Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, New York.
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