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Vote Imminent On U.S. Open Return To Torrey Pines

The San Diego City Council is voting this week on whether the 2021 U.S. Open will be hosted at Torrey Pines, site of Tiger Woods epic 2008 win. (Charlie Riedel, AP Images)
The San Diego City Council is voting this week on whether the 2021 U.S. Open will be hosted at Torrey Pines, site of Tiger Woods epic 2008 win.
(Charlie Riedel, AP Images)

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.

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