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USGA Will Evaluate U.S. Opens Before Planning More Back-To-Back Events

Payne Stewart Statue of Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C. (John Mummert, USGA)
Payne Stewart Statue of Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C. (John Mummert, USGA)

In case you’re wondering, the USGA has no plans at the moment to play the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens at the same site again in the future as it will do next month at Pinehurst No. 2.

That’s not to say this is the only time it will happen, only that USGA officials want to evaluate this doubleheader before considering another one.

“We really want to see how it goes,” USGA executive director Mike Davis said at Pinehurst this week. “We went into this knowing there were risks. But we went into it knowing that there was a lot more upside. … It’s really a two-week celebration of the world’s best men and women and there’s just so much more upside.

“Could we get bad weather Week One? Of course we could. Could Week One go into Week Two? Of course? Will there be more divots Week Two? Of course. … But we just think there’s so much more upside.”

Davis cites what he saw at Oakmont where the men played in 2007 and the women played in 2010. There were questions about whether the women could handle Oakmont’s famous greens.

“I always thought those were unfair questions,” Davis said.

The green speeds were the same for both Opens, Davis said, at approximately 14 1/2 to 15 on the stimpmeter and the women handled the greens fine.

“Given the fact these are back to back, it’s going to showcase, I think, just how good the females can play the game,” Davis said.


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