T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.
2021 U.S. Open headed to Torrey Pines pending City Council approval
According to a report by San Diego Union-Tribune golf writer Tod Leonard, the USGA has chosen the South Course at Torrey Pines to host the 2021 U.S. Open.
However, nothing is official just yet. San Diego's City Council must give its approval to make this official.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer told U-T San Diego on Monday that an item will be placed on the City Council docket this week that asks it to support hosting golf's Super Bowl 13 years after the hugely successful 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.
"It's a great win for San Diego," Faulconer said. "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."
The City Council will hear the item -- the details of which have not been made public -- in its regularly scheduled public meeting either Monday or Tuesday, the timing of which will be decided by Council President Todd Gloria, who was in close communication with city staff regarding the U.S. Open negotiations during his time as interim mayor.
Faulconer, the former councilman who took office as mayor on March 3, said he believes the council will be "strongly supportive" of holding another U.S. Open.
The 2008 U.S. Open, of course, ended in dramatic fashion, with eventual champion Tiger Woods going 91 holes before defeating Rocco Mediate. The two were knotted after 72 holes of competition, forcing an 18-hole Monday playoff -- unique to the U.S. Open. Those 18 holes weren't enough. Woods eventually won on the 19th hole that Monday, or 91st hole overall.
The reason San Diego's City Council needs to be involved with this decision is because unlike most courses that host major championships, Torrey Pines is public, not private.
Should the City Council approve -- and it's expected it will -- the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines would be just the third in history contested in Southern California. The other, aside from 2008, was the 1948 U.S. Open at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.
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