All it takes is a vote from the San Diego City Council and the 2021 U.S. Open will return to Torrey Pines. The council is expected to approve the USGA’s invitation in a vote that could be as early as today.
The 2008 Open there is remembered as one of the best in USGA history. Tiger Woods beat Rocco Mediate in a Monday playoff on a fractured leg. Then-San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders extended an invitation to the USGA to return on the day the Open ended.
“There are a lot of chess pieces. It’s a process that takes some time,” USGA President Tom O’Toole told The San Diego Union-Tribune. “We wouldn’t have gone back to Torrey Pines any sooner than 10 years, and we’re slightly outside that range now.
“We had a fabulous Open there; the city was great; and the community was incredibly supportive.”
The economic impact on the area from the 2008 Open was estimated at $142 million. It was the second-largest attendance of any U.S. Open and set records for merchandise sales and television ratings.
In 2021, Tiger Woods will be 45 and Phil Mickelson will be 51.