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USGA considers rotation of US Open venues

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The United States Golf Association is considering a formal rotation of sites for the US Open men’s golf major championship.

The USGA recently announced that Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina would become an “anchor site” for the US Open following a deal to establish a satellite campus at the iconic course.

As part of the agreement, Pinehurst’s No. 2 course will stage four additional US Open championships – in 2029, 2035, 2041, and 2047 – in addition to the already-scheduled 2024 event.

Ahead of this week’s US Open at Winged Foot, New York, USGA chief executive Mike Davis said: “We just believe after talking to a lot of the players who play in US Opens, a lot of our past champions, they communicated a consistent message, saying, ‘We want to go to the best sites, and we want to go there more often.’

“Let’s let the future play out, but there are some treasured sites. We have got Nick Price, who was a world No. 1 on our board of directors and sits on our championship committee, and he has said it does matter where you win your US Open. And I think all of us took that to heart. And so that’s what we’re looking at right now. So, as they say, stay tuned,” Davis said.

Davis also revealed that there had been provisional plans to stage the US Open in Los Angeles in December amid the uncertainty of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

The decision of the R&A to call off the Open championship opened up a window in September for the US Open, Davis added.

This year’s event at Winged Foot is taking place without spectators and is being broadcast across NBC Sports networks in the United States following a media rights deal signed earlier this year.